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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New Milford in World War IWarriors on the Homefront: American Woman and WWI (1917-1919)

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.
Running thru 4 June, 2017.


The year 2017 marks the centenary of American entry into World War I. President Woodrow Wilson, breaking his campaign promise of "keeping us out of war," officially declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. This followed repeated German attacks against unarmed passenger and merchant ships by German U-boats, sparking public outrage and calls for action. American soldiers made their debut, in September 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of northeastern France. American involvement proved to be decisive as the German forces, low on morale, were engulfed by the seemingly never-ending stream of Americans. As one German commander lamented, "The Americans are multiplying in a way we never dreamed of." Following the success of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, German chancellor Max von Baden telegraphed President Wilson about an armistice based on the latter's Fourteen Points. This was the beginning of the end. On November 11, 1918, the war was over.
However, the war could not have been won without the service of this country's women. Acting as volunteer farm workers, nurses, and more, Warriors of the Home Front: American Women and World War I, 1917-1919 hopes to shed some light on the diverse and critical roles women played during the conflict as well as recognize some local heroes.

The New Milford Historical Society & Museum has both permanent and temporary exhibits on view at the Society, located just north of the historic and scenic New Milford Green at N° 6, Aspetuck Avenue.

Our hours are Tuesday - Friday from 12:00 - 3:00, Saturday 11-2 and Sunday 12 - 3 or by appointment, (click here to request yours, or call (860) 354-3069).
Winter is also the season of bad and unpredictable weather in New England. In case of inclement weather, please plan on calling the museum to confirm we are open. 
Our permanent collection, housed in the New Milford Room, features exhibits on the following subjects:

Business and Commerce in New Milford in the 20th Century

Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years

The Life and Times of Roger Sherman

New Milford Pottery (also known as Wannopee Pottery Co.)

Tobacco Farming in New Milford

New Milford's Pre-Colonial Peoples

Our past exhibits, have included the following:

Lost Arts of Domestic Life

Art in Bloom

150 years of the Water Witch Hose Company N° 2

Our online exhibits include the following:

New Milford's Historic Schoolhouses

The Timeline of New Milford's History

Suggested admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, and children under 5 are free, as are members.

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