The New Milford Historical Society and Museum announce that the museum will be closed to the public for tours during the months of January and February 2018. Along with the Curator and Registrar, a team of volunteers will be working on a collection storage rehabilitation project of the Main Gallery Attic. This project will include a major cleaning and re-organization of the museum’s primary collection storage area. Properly cleaning, cataloguing and re-housing the collection to create better access and to promote preservation of the collection according to professional curatorial standards is the goal.
Researchers can still make an appointment for access to our archives by calling the museum during regular business hours.

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Saturday, January 27
Early American Toy-Making Workshop
Starts at 1:00 PM
Early American
Presented by
Bob Coppola

Bob Coppola will
demonstrate popular
Early American toys,
while instructing
children on the time
period, materials
used to create the
toys and other
historic connections.
Participants will not
only have the
opportunity to play
with the toys, but will
also create own.

The cost of this
event is $10.00
per child.
Program is limited to
15 participants

Please contact
The New Milford Historical
Society to make a
reservation or for more

860) 354-3069
Cost: $10.00 Members: FREE
† to request more information click here

These are some of our past events

Thursday, January 18
Syrups & Cider
Starts at 6:30 PM
Join registrar, Amie Walston and fellow herbalist Lori Angelicola as they lead a hands-on
workshop making traditional winter wellness recipes. Learn about the immune boosting
and germ fighting qualities of some common grocery staples; and discover the benefits and
historical uses of local plants. Participants will take home their own bottles of infused vinegar
commonly known as “fire cider” and elderberry syrup for their own preventative care aresenal
this cold and flu season.
Ms. Walston and Ms. Angelicola met at Twinstar School of Herbal and Energetic Healing,
where they completed The Art and Science of Herbalism, a Rosemary Gladstar correspondence
course. They’ve been gardening, foraging, making herbal concoctions and sharing their
knowledge with friends ever since!
Held in the Boardman Store Gallery at the New Milfored Historical Society & Museum at the
North end of the Green on Thursday January 18th, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Fee: members $10/ non-members $15 ~ Refreshments Served
Registration in advance is appreciated. Please call (860) 354-3069
Cost: $15.00 Members: $10.00
Saturday, December 2
Old-Fashioned Holiday Crafts for Children
Starts at 10:00 AM
Join us at the New Milford Historical Society and Museum as we learn about the history and traditions of the holiday season. Bring the family and discover old-fashioned magic as we make quilt squares, pinecone bird feeders, salt-dough ornaments and other items that remind us of an earlier time! Come and enjoy refreshments and get in the holiday spirit in the warmth and charm of our museum. Leave with a homemade holiday card or gift for someone special!

Admission is free but donations would be greatly appreciated
Cost: FREE
Saturday, November 18
Lineage Fair
Starts at 1:00 PM
Do you have a Patriot who served or helped the cause in the American Revolution or do you have a colonial ancestor who came to America to have a better life? Could one of your ancestors have fought in the colonial wars, in 1812 War or in the Civil War?
The Roger Sherman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution invites you to spend an afternoon exploring the opportunity of membership in different lineage Societies

WHERE: New Milford Historical Society
6 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT

WHEN: Saturday November 18, 2017

TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.)
Colonial Dames 17th Century
Daughters of 1812
Daughters of American Colonists
Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of Colonial Wars
Daughters of the Union
First Families of Ancient Windsor
First Families of New York
Mayflower Society
New England Women
Rosie the Riveter
Sons of the American Revolution

Light refreshments will be served
For further information, please contact Bonnie Butler 860-354-5129 or

Cost: FREE
Saturday, November 4
Kiwanis Flags of Valor
Starts at 1:00 AM
We invite you to Sponsor a Flag in Honor of a Veteran!
In honor the upcoming Veteran's Day, in honor and in memory of our Military Veterans and those men and women
actively serving our country today, the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury, Inc. will erect the Kiwanis Flags of
Valor on the New Milford Historical Society and the Town of New Milford's lawn at the north end of the Green. The Field
of Valor will include at least 300 full size (3 foot by 5 foot) American flags and will be on display from November 4
through December 2, 2017.
All are invited to sponsor anyone they would like to HONOR with one of these keepsake flags. Your Honoree and
sponsor name will be proudly displayed on a yellow ribbon with each flag. Major sponsors will be identified with on-site
signage and up to ten flags for their honorees.
All proceeds support the efforts and the programs of the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury, Inc, 501c. We are
a volunteer organization whose mission is "To serve the children of the world, one community at a time." Look for more
events and information on our website Plan to pick up your keepsake flag on December 2, between
8 and 9 a.m. contact Linda Thomas at or 203-733-3515 with any questions.

$30 for One Flag $100 for Four Flags $500 for Major Sponsor

Cost: FREE
Saturday, November 4
One Room Schoolhouse
Starts at 4:00 PM
Join Bob Coppola as he guides children through a typical day in a historic classroom setting. Children will experience learning and play “colonial style” using authentic materials to practice lessons.

Limited to 20 children, Grades 3-5
$10 per child
Call to reserve a spot! 860-354-3069
*Please alert us to any allergies*
Cost: $10.00 Members: $10.00
Tuesday, October 17
Annual Membership Meeting
Starts at 7:00 PM
Location and time TBD
Cost: FREE
Friday, September 15
An Artist’s Eye on New Milford Art Show
Starts at 10:00 AM
New Milford Historical Society Museum Art Show
September 15, 2017 – October 15, 2017

The New Milford Historical Society will host an art show to celebrate all things New Milford this fall! The show is titled, An Artist’s Eye on New Milford and will run from September 15th until October 15th in the Boardman Store Gallery at the Historical Society. All work displayed must be original and feature recognizable structures, scenes, or events in New Milford. Paintings using different mediums, photographs, and hand-built models or sculptures may be submitted for consideration. An artist does not need to be a resident of New Milford to participate in the event, but artwork must be original and created by the person entering the piece. The Historical Society is not charging an entry fee, but is limiting artists to select one piece of work to display. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 15 from 7-9 pm.

An application with detailed information is available on our website
Cost: FREE
Sunday, September 10
Members Walking Tour of New Milford's Historic Green
Starts at 2:00 PM
Join us for a Members Only tour of the historic New Milford Green
Cost: FREE
Friday, July 28
Tag Sale Fundraiser
Starts at 8:30 AM
Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30
Tag Sale Fundraiser during Village Fair Days.

We are now accepting donations for the Tag Sale
Drop off can be made to the museum Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 - 3:00 and Sundays 12 :00 - 3:00
Donations are Tax deductible and a tax letter can be provided.

Sunday 7/30 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Our legendary 50 percent off sale
Cost: FREE
Thursday, July 27
Tag Sale Preview Party
Starts at 6:00 PM
Thursday July 27 -Annual Tag Sale Preview Party
Come see it all before the crowds!

Refreshments and early buying

Cost: $5.00 Members: $5.00
Sunday, June 4
A Soldier in the Great War A Presentation on WWI by Peter Cronin
Starts at 2:00 PM
Please join Peter Cronin as he presents A Soldier in the Great War at the New Milford Historical Society Museum on Sunday June 4th at 2:00 pm. The talk will compliment the current exhibit at the Historical Society entitled Warriors on the Home Front: American Women and WWI (1917-1919), which will be on view until June 4, 2017. The talk will be a PowerPoint presentation about Clarence Stone, a local hero from New Milford that died during WWI. Near the end of the war, the 308th Infantry participated in a battle on the “Siegfried Line” on the Western Front. Hoping to chase the German forces away from this line to end the war, Private Clarence Stone was killed in action.
Peter Cronin, a Brookfield resident is a relative of Clarence Stone, has done extensive research about this local hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country during WWI. Mr. Cronin has been involved with the Brookfield Historical Society for many years giving presentations of various historical events.
This event is free to museum members and $5.00 for non-members.
Cost: $5.00 Members: FREE
Tuesday, May 9
Starts at 10:00 AM
The New Milford Historical Society will host an art show, AN ARTIST’S EYE ON NEW MILFORD, to celebrate our beautiful town this fall. Over the years, many artists have been inspired by the Green, the Housatonic River, Lover’s Leap, and many other sites in our large town. The Society is fortunate to have works by two of New Milford’s favorite artists in its collection: Edith Newton and Woldemar Neufeld. We thought it was time to see how other artists see New Milford today and share their work with the community. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
You do not need to be a resident of New Milford to participate in this event. If you know an artist who might want to submit a piece, an application form will be available on our website by mid May. All work displayed must be original, created by the artist entering the piece. It must feature recognizable structures, scenes, or events in New Milford. Paintings using different mediums, photographs, and hand-built models or sculptures may be submitted for consideration. The show will run from September 15th to October 15th at the Historical Society campus located at the top of the Green on Aspetuck Avenue. A reception to open the show will be held Friday, September 15th from 7-9 pm. For more information call 860-354-3069, or click here for an application.

Cost: FREE
Thursday, May 4
The Fire of 1902
Starts at 7:00 PM
The Fire of 1902 - Presentation of the Great Fire on Bank Street by Joe Cats
Cost: $5.00 Members: FREE
Wednesday, April 12
The Hunt - Dissecting Owl Pellets
Starts at 1:00 PM
Spring Break Workshop for Children
The Hunt - Dissecting Owl Pellets
Come and let your child connect with nature! Learn about owls, the food chain , and the animals they eat.
Registration required. 3rd Grade and up. Cost: $10.00 per child.
Cost: $10.00 Members: $10.00
Sunday, April 9
Collecting Buttons of Connecticut
Starts at 2:00 PM
Buttons are fascinating little objects. So utilitarian, yet so varied and beautiful, they just about beg to be collected. Come learn about the history of buttons made in Connecticut. Lecture by Laurin Martin and Rachel Mercurio
Cost: $5.00 Members: FREE
Sunday, March 26
Talk and Book signing by Peter Vermilyea
Starts at 2:00 PM
Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village and at Western Connecticut State University. A graduate of New Milford High School and of Gettysburg College, he is the
director of the student scholarship program at the college's Civil War Institute. Vermilyea is the author or editor of four books and fifteen articles, most on Civil War history. He received the 2015 CultureMax Award for his book, Hidden History of Litchfield County.
Cost: $5.00 Members: FREE
Sunday, March 5
Exhibit Opening of Warriors on the Homefront: American Woman and WWI (1917-
Starts at 2:00 PM
WWI Re-enactors from the Royal Bavarian 10th Infantry Regiment, 1st Company will be on site during the opening.
Cost: FREE
Sunday, March 5
Warriors on the Homefront: American Woman and WWI (1917-1919)
Starts at 1:00 PM
In honor of the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, the Society is presenting a commemorative exhibit featuring items from the Museum's collection, including newspaper articles and a recipe book distributed by the Food Administration, as well as letters, books, art, uniforms, photographs, or other objects related to American involvement in the war.
Cost: FREE
Sunday, January 29
The Legacy of Charles Beach Barlow
Starts at 10:00 AM
The passing of Charles Beach Barlow sadly brought to an end a more than one-hundred year Beach/Barlow family affiliation with the New Milford Historical Society.

This long-standing relationship between us began with Charlie’s grandfather, Charles Merritt Beach, who was a driving force in the creation of the Society and town museum in 1915. He served as the first president of the Society and certainly did much
to encourage future members of his family to remain involved in continuing the vision he had when founding such an important organization.

Join us for a special celebration of this special man.
Cost: FREE
Thursday, January 26
Homemade Body Scrub Workshop by The Grounded Goodwife
Starts at 7:00 PM
Join acclaimed herbalist daughter and historian mother duo, Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban, for an interactive historic and herbal workshop. Chase the winter blues away and treat yourself to an evening of fun, laughs and pampering. You will learn how to create and bring home two 8-ounce body scrubs, Lemon Sugar Scrub and Cinnamon Coffee Scrub. Lemon is ideal for treating a dull complexion, aging skin, and pigmentation.
The caffeine in coffee works as a vasodilator and will tighten the surface of the skin, making your skin firmer. Everyone leaves with knowledge; two 8-ounce jars of homemade body scrub and new friendships. For more information on the workshop offered, please contact
Cost is $20.00 per person. Refreshments will be served.
Please contact The New Milford Historical Society to register for this workshop. Limited to 20 people. (860) 354-3069
Cost: $20.00 Members: $20.00
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