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New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum

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Our Museum Gift Shop, is open year round and offers a number of unique gifts, books and New Milford related items. Purchases may be made at any time from our eBay store

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Upcoming Events

<h2>Fit to a Tee Clothing Consignment Sale</h2>
<h3><br />A Fundraiser for the Historical Society</

Fit to a Tee Clothing Consignment Sale-CANCELLED

Saturday, September 12
Starts at 9:00 AM

Fit to a Tee Clothing Consignment Sale


A Fundraiser for the Historical Society

<p>Tuesday October 20th <br />Location & time TBD</p>

Annual Membership Dinner Meeting-CANCELLED

Tuesday, October 20
Starts at 7:00 PM

Tuesday October 20th
Location & time TBD

<h2>All Hallows Cemetery Walking Tour in Center Cemetery</h2>
<p><br />Visitors will see history co

Walking Tour in Center Cemetery-CANCELLED

Saturday, October 31
Starts at 7:00 PM

All Hallows Cemetery Walking Tour in Center Cemetery


Visitors will see history co…

<h2>Museum Holiday Open House Old Christmas and Winter Traditions of Long Ago</h2>
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Museum Holiday Open House-CANCELLED

Thursday, November 5
Starts at 10:00 AM

Museum Holiday Open House Old Christmas and Winter Traditions of Long Ago

Join musician…

Past Events

Take a look through some of our old events! If you missed one, you can always write to us and let us know, we might be able to stage it again if there is enough interest.

LOOK AT ARTISTS – A CHILDREN’S ART HISTORY COURSE
                  
This 4 week long course i

LOOK AT ARTISTS

Thursday, September 24 2015
LOOK AT ARTISTS...
This is an old event, from 2015
LOOK AT ARTISTS – A CHILDREN’S ART HISTORY COURSE This 4 week long course is designed to improve and increase visual literacy for children in grades 1-4. Students will learn about a different artist during each hour-long session by reading a story about that artist, then creating a project in his/her style. During this session, we will be discovering VanGogh, Picasso/Matisse, Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol. The program will end with an art show and reception displaying the student’s artwork in the Boardman Gallery of the Museum. Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm from September 24 – October 15, 2015. Student Art Show and Reception Thursday October 22nd at 4:00 pm. Members: $30.00 / Non-Members: $35.00. Program is limited to 15 Students. Program is taught by Kathy Elmore, MLS, with over 20 years experience as a Children’s Librarian in Connecticut Public Libraries.

WWI Re-enactors from the Royal Bavarian 10th Infantry Regiment, 1st Company will be on site during t

Exhibit Opening of Warriors on the Homefront: American Woman and WWI (1917-

Sunday, March 5 2017
Exhibit Opening of Warriors on the Homefront: American Woman and WWI (1917-...
This is an old event, from 2017
WWI Re-enactors from the Royal Bavarian 10th Infantry Regiment, 1st Company will be on site during the opening.

Do you have a Patriot who served or helped the cause in the American Revolution or do you have a col

Lineage Fair

Saturday, November 18 2017
Lineage Fair...
This is an old event, from 2017
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 LISTING OF LINEAGE SOCIETIES 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 bbutler5129@gmail.com

New Milford author and historian Michael-John Cavallaro will present a lecture and book signing of

Michael-John Cavallaro lecture and book signing

Thursday, March 8 2012
Michael-John Cavallaro lecture and book signing...
This is an old event, from 2012
New Milford author and historian Michael-John Cavallaro will present a lecture and book signing of "Tales of Old New Milford: Slavery, Crime and Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier" at the New Milford Historical Society and Museum describing the first mass murder in America which took place February 2, 1780 in Washington, Connecticut. The Mallory Murders, as they came to be called, were so shocking that the news spread from Maine to Georgia in a matter of days. The murderer, 19-year-old Barnett Davenport, was from New Milford. Davenport's tragic life and his fall into mental illness and social dysfunction will be told in this lecture. Mr. Cavallaro spent three years researching this fascinating and disturbing tale, and will relate not only the story itself but explain how his research came to fruition in a detective story that took him deep into history and military research.

PERMANENT EXHIBIT
“Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years since the

Black Life in the History of New Milford

Saturday, August 31 2013
Black Life in the History of New Milford...
This is an old event, from 2013
PERMANENT EXHIBIT “Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years since the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 - 2013" This year marks the 150th Anniversary of crucial turning points in the American Civil War, including the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863; the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863; and the Gettysburg Address in November 1863. It is also the 50th Anniversary of events that defined the American Civil Rights Movement, including the March on Washington in August 1963 and Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech on August 28, 1963. In recognition of these historic events, the New Milford Historical Society & Museum (NMHSM) is now completing an exhibit entitled “Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years since the Emancipation Proclamation.” The exhibit contains the pulpit, piano and bell from the Advent Christian Church of New Milford, founded by the Reverend Stephen Heacock and 22 black families of New Milford. The church building today houses New Milford’s Theaterworks. Early photographs of the Heacock Family are prominently displayed. Also featured are maps and explanations of the Underground Railroad, which is known to have run through CT (and New Milford). We have also mounted copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and a photo of the Rev. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have A Dream” speech with a transcript of this famous speech. In addition, there is a montage of the emancipation papers granting freedom to the slaves in early New Milford. Connecticut was an early proponent of Emancipation due to the strong influence of the Abolitionist movement in the state and included gradual emancipation of all black residents of the state in 1784, resulting in all slaves in New Milford being freed by 1810 (a full 50 years before the Emancipation Proclamation). The 1810 census of New Milford lists 147 freed blacks as residents of the Town of New Milford. The exhibit also contains montages of advertising by Black-owned businesses in New Milford at the turn of the century and articles celebrating the achievements of New Milford’s Black citizens in bygone days. One prominent example is Robert J. Peagler, who served as a lieutenant in the Army in WWII. He was awarded medals for valor (the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart) for his bravery in battle. The museum is requesting those who have photos, artifacts or news articles regarding early black families or individuals in the 1800s and 1900s in New Milford, as well as photos of those who live in New Milford today to bring them to the museum or call the New Milford Historical Society & Museum at (860) 354-3069. All photos or articles will be scanned into a computer or Xeroxed and the originals returned unharmed immediately to the owner. The exhibit recognizing and commemorating these historic events will be bolstered through out 2013-2014 by programs at NMHS&M bringing these events to life. First among these will be on October 13, 2013 when the NMHS&M will host a Meet the Author Event with New Milford Author Fran Smith, who talk about her newest book “The Black Holocaust of American Slavery and The Underground Railroad" which will be published in October. Other programs will be featured for Martin Luther King’s birthday in January and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February.

The New Milford Historical Society will be sponsoring a special card making and hands on Valentine c

Will You Be My Valentine?

Saturday, January 31 2015
Will You Be My Valentine?...
This is an old event, from 2015
The New Milford Historical Society will be sponsoring a special card making and hands on Valentine craft event for both adults and children on Saturday January 31, 2015 from 10-2 at the Museum on Aspetuck Rd. Cost is $ 6 per family for supplies. Bring a favorite picture, lace, buttons or any other special items you can incorporate into a card for that special someone. Other crafts include a decorated and planted flower pot, decoupage, ornaments and other surprises for all age groups. Come and spend a “crafternoon” at the Museum! Snow date for this event is February 7th.

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