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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

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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

<p>Come explore New Milford’s place as a stop on the famous Underground Railroad. Litchfield C

Celebrating Black History Month - The Underground Railroad

Thursday, February 21
Starts at 4:00 PM

Come explore New Milford’s place as a stop on the famous Underground Railroad. Litchfield C…

<p>Join us for the reopening of the <strong>Society</strong> after our Winter housekeeping interlude

Museum Reopens

Tuesday, March 5
Starts at 12:00 PM

Join us for the reopening of the Society after our Winter housekeeping interlude…

<p>An amazing series of classes for grades 6-8 focusing on the modern art of <strong>Picasso</strong

Awesome Art History

Thursday, March 21
Starts at 4:00 PM

An amazing series of classes for grades 6-8 focusing on the modern art of Picasso

<p>Join us for a very personal experience as one of New Milford’s own reflects on his history

Reflecting on New Milford

Thursday, April 4
Starts at 7:00 PM

Join us for a very personal experience as one of New Milford’s own reflects on his history …

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.

Join us and warm up with hot mulled cider, donuts and coffee after you've taken your pictures o

Open House at the Society

Saturday, November 29 2014
Open House at the Society...
This is an old event, from 2014
Join us and warm up with hot mulled cider, donuts and coffee after you've taken your pictures of the trees and the decorated fire trucks. During the Tree lighting on the New Milford Green Come enjoy our old-fashioned Christmas decorations!

The 17th annual New Milford Outdoor Art Festival is being sponsored this year by the New Milford His

New Milford Outdoor Art Festival

Saturday, June 16 2012
New Milford Outdoor Art Festival...
This is an old event, from 2012
The 17th annual New Milford Outdoor Art Festival is being sponsored this year by the New Milford Historical Society. It will be held on Saturday, June 16th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday June 17th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on the Village Green. This is a fine art show that attracts artists from all over New England and beyond. Artists love this show. Crowds come to buy art and not ice cream. Testimony to its success is the extremely high rate of returning artists every year. The art show is a major fund raiser for the historical society. The historical society is a non-profit organization which maintains a public museum, and offers educational and cultural activities encouraging an appreciation of art, history and music. For additional information, please contact Pat Lathrope at palathrope @gmail.com

The Art of Gravestone Rubbings - Judith Burroughs. 
Rubbing gravestones is a rich rewarding experie

The Art of Gravestone Rubbings

Sunday, October 14 2012
The Art of Gravestone Rubbings...
This is an old event, from 2012
The Art of Gravestone Rubbings - Judith Burroughs. Rubbing gravestones is a rich rewarding experience for both the novice and the professional artist. The universal practice of rubbing gravestones and other markers if done properly and in accordance with local and state regulations does not harm stones or monuments . The technique of rubbing is creates an image that records features such as natural textures, inscribed patterns or lettering. This hands on program will introduce rubbing as a fascinating art form that will bring out the artist in each of us. Ms. Burroughs will teach participants easy to follow steps for creating a beautiful rubbing from stones located in one of New Milford's oldest graveyard, Center Cemetery. Old gravestones are an important part of our national heritage and are considered by many as remaining works of art that are still in their original form and place from our ancestors.

Fran Smith Lecture and Book Signing 
Boardman Store Gallery 
October 13 at  2:00 pm 
 
Fran Smit

A Connecticut Slave named Fortune

Sunday, October 13 2013
A Connecticut Slave named Fortune...
This is an old event, from 2013
Fran Smith Lecture and Book Signing Boardman Store Gallery October 13 at 2:00 pm Fran Smith has a new book, "The Black Holocaust of American Slavery and the Underground Railroad". Her new book will be available for sale and signing. Her presentation will honor the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and the Emancipation Proclamation.

The New Milford Historical Society is pleased to announce that the last space in the downstairs gall

Exhibit Opening - Business and Commerce in New Milford in the 20th Century

Sunday, May 15 2016
Exhibit Opening - Business and Commerce in New Milford in the 20th Century...
This is an old event, from 2016
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.

Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village and at We

Talk and Book signing by Peter Vermilyea

Sunday, March 26 2017
Talk and Book signing by Peter Vermilyea...
This is an old event, from 2017
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.