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Business and Commerce in New Milford in the 20th Century
The New Milford Historical Society is pleased to announce that the last space in the downstairs gallery now spotlights the sixth of the mini-exhibits in the Lower Gallery or "New Milford Room."

This exhibit is entitled "Business and Commerce in New Milford in the 20th Century" debuts to the public along with the featured renovation of the Main Gallery of the Museum on Sunday, May 15th. The exhibit is sponsored by Ameico, Dr. Nestor Mejias and Dr. Benjamin Waldman. Kimberly-Clark is also a contributor to the exhibit.

The exhibit is a collection of items donated by the local businesses of New Milford in response to two requests by the New Milford Historical Society and Museum for items for the exhibit. The response from the town to the previous year's Centennial Exhibit had been so extraordinary that the effort was made to repeat the success, this time with the focus on the economic forces in town that have been its strength. The NMHS&M specifically requested business signs, logoed items, photos, and other memorabilia that would illustrate their business. About 30 businesses in New Milford responded to the call.

The exhibit is in three distinct parts. In the lower gallery the 16 featured 'THEN' businesses are those that once made their home in town, but which have since moved or ceased operation.

The second part is 'THEN & NOW', featuring businesses that have been in operation continuously for many years or are reusing a building or space created for a now defunct business, such as Village Center for the Arts in the Village Hardware Building.

Finally, the 'NOW'. These businesses are the modern businesses that call New Milford home.

This exhibit was researched and implemented by Nettie McKenna and Hilary McKenna under the supervision of Curator Lisa Roush. 

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, closed Sunday, and 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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