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Friday, July 28
Tag Sale Fundraiser
Starts at 10:00 AM
Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30
Tag Sale Fundraiser during Village Fair Days. Donations accepted!
Cost: FREE
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Tuesday, May 9
A CALL FOR ARTISTS!
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
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Thursday, July 27
Tag Sale Preview Party
Starts at 7:00 PM
Thursday July 27 -Annual Tag Sale Preview Party
Come see it all before the crowds!
Cost: FREE
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Friday, July 28
Tag Sale Fundraiser
Starts at 10:00 AM
Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30
Tag Sale Fundraiser during Village Fair Days. Donations accepted!
Cost: FREE
† to request more information click here
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: See Description
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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
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Tuesday, October 17
Annual Membership Meeting
Starts at 7:00 PM
Location and time TBD
Cost: FREE
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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
† to request more information click here

These are some of our past events

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
A CALL FOR ARTISTS!
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 Groundedgoodwife.com
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
Saturday, December 3
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 26
Artisan Craft Show
Starts at 10:00 AM
The New Milford Historical Society & Museum
presents
The 4th Annual Artisan Craft Show

Unique and hand-crafted gifts for the Holidays

Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 from 10am - 5pm at St John's Episcopal Church on the New Milford Green (7 Whittlesey Ave)
Cost: FREE
Saturday, November 5
Flags of Valor
Starts at 1:00 PM
The Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury, Inc. proudly presents the
The Fourth Annual
Kiwanis Flags of Valor in New Milford





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) made in the USA American flags and will be on display from November 5 through December 3, 2016.
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 from the $30 sponsorship support the efforts and the programs of the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury, Inc, 501c. Our programs include; Bringing Up Grades, High School Key Clubs in 6 towns and the Eliminate Program, College Scholarships. We are a volunteer organization whose mission is "To serve the children of the world, one community at a time." Find more information about Kiwanis or the Flags of Valor on our website www.kiwanisct.com or email ltorganizing.Linda@gmail.com.

Cost: FREE
Tuesday, October 18
NMHS Annual Membership Dinner
Starts at 6:00 PM
The New Milford Historical Society will hold its Annual Membership Dinner on Tuesday, October 18th at the Maxx in New Milford. The dinner will start at 6:00 pm. Members will hear reports from all the committees and learn about all the happenings at the museum from this past year and events scheduled for the future.
All members in good standing are invited to join us. Not a member yet? Why not become one and join us for a wonderful dinner!
Cost: FREE
Saturday, October 1
First Congregational Church: Celebrating 300 Years of Faithful Service in N
Starts at 10:00 AM
The New Milford Historical Society & Museum would like to borrow artifacts from the community related to the First Congregational Church in New Milford. The museum will be hosting a commemorative exhibit entitled; First Congregational Church: Celebrating 300 Years of Faithful Service in New Milford, 1716-2016 this fall to celebrate their 300th anniversary. The museum is seeking letters, books, objects, art, furniture or other objects related to the long history of the church. The museum already has a number of objects in their permanent collection pertaining to the Congregational Church such as such as a portion of the pulpit from the 1754 Meetinghouse and original sermons from Rev. Nathaniel Taylor from 1750. Both the Church and the museum would like to get the com munity involved with this special exhibit. The exhibit will run from October 1st through January 8, 2017.
Please contact the Museum by September 12th if you would like to participate in the upcoming exhibit.
Cost: FREE
Saturday, October 1
First Congregational Church: Celebrating 300 Years of Faithful Service in N
Starts at 10:00 AM
The New Milford Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of their new exhibit entitled; First Congregational Church: Celebrating 300 Years of Faithful Service in New Milford, 1716-2016 to commemorate the church’s 300th anniversary. The exhibit will include historic letters, books, objects and art related to their long history in New Milford. In addition to borrowing many historic objects from Reverend Moran, Minister of the Congregational Church, the museum also has a number of objects in their permanent collection pertaining to the Congregational Church such as a portion of the pulpit from the 1754 Meetinghouse and original sermons from Rev. Nathaniel Taylor from 1750. The exhibit will run from October 1st through January 8, 2017. The opening reception is being held at the museum on October 1st from 5-7 and is open to the public.
Cost: FREE
Sunday, September 11
COLONIAL GOODWIFE
Starts at 2:00 PM
The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife
Perhaps women need to be reminded of how far we’ve come in order to see how far we still can go. Discover what life was really like for New England's colonial women - because we've always been curious about: menstruation, sex & birth control, childbirth, sickness & medicine. For instance, in an era when underwear hadn’t been invented, what did women do when they had their periods? What were early American birth control methods? It was suggested that women try jumping backwards seven times after intercourse to expel sperm, drink water that blacksmiths used to cool metals, or insert a mixture of dried crocodile dung and honey into the vagina.
In 2011, Velya Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut, unaware of what the house would reveal. Behind the walls, surprises and secrets waited to be exposed. This became the spark for the novel, Acquiescence. Moving into this 1770 farmhouse ignited Velya's interest in the colonial era. While researching her novel, she became obsessed (in a good way) with colonial women. In Velya’s entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, even history buffs will learn a thing or two.
The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels - it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.
Ms. Jancz-Urban has traveled throughout New England presenting to libraries, historical societies, women’s groups, and conferences, and has upcoming university, book festival, and women’s history month events scheduled. She regularly hosts book club gatherings at her 1770 Connecticut farmhouse, the primary setting of her novel.
www.colonialgoodwife.com
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:
Velya Jancz-Urban is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women. Her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, is a result of the research completed for her novel, Acquiescence. Whooo Eats What?, her first book in a hands-on science series for children, was released in January 2016, and was inspired by her How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) classes. Velya has presented at over 50 venues throughout New England and teaches a variety of historical/medicinal workshops with her daughter. Velya has been married for 33 years and is the mother of two grown children. She has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine.
Cost: FREE
Thursday, June 2
Perils, Pitfalls and Triumphs of Running a Small Business in New Milford
Starts at 7:00 PM
A panel of four local business people will talk about the "Perils, Pitfalls and Triumphs of Running a Small Business in New Milford" on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM at the New Milford Historical Society's Museum at 6 Aspetuck Ave. in New Milford (at the top of the Village Green).

The talk ties into the newest exhibit in our lower gallery, "Business and Commerce in New Milford in the 20th Century – Then and Now." The panelists will cover the issues faced by our local business community. They will also reminisce about starting up their small businesses and share their experiences dealing with the business issues in our town. The four participants in the panel will include: Amy Czupkowski of Union Savings Bank (which will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary in Business this year); Michael Gold of Geron Nursing and Respite Care; Pam Picheco of Joe's Salon & Spa; and the New Milford Historical Society's VP, Justin Krul of Just-In Antiques.

Refreshments will be served and those attending will also have the opportunity to examine the latest of the mini-exhibits in the lower gallery, which seeks to highlight a very important aspect of life in New Milford – the Economic life of our town.
Cost: FREE
Thursday, May 26
Early American Toy Making Workshop
Starts at 4:00 PM
Join Bob Coppola in learning the history of early American toys, then create your own!
Grades 2 - 5 (limited to 12 participants per session).
There will be a closing celebration for participants and family.

Cup & Ball
Jacob's Ladder
Kaleidoscope
Optical Illusions
Cost: $35.00 Members: $30.00
Thursday, May 19
Early American Toy Making Workshop
Starts at 4:00 PM
Join Bob Coppola in learning the history of early American toys, then create your own!
Grades 2 - 5 (limited to 12 participants per session).

Cup & Ball
Jacob's Ladder
Kaleidoscope
Optical Illusions
Cost: $35.00 Members: $30.00
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