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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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Shop Our Store

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

Review the Collection

We have our collection indexed and inventoried electronically. To check what items are in the collection, start by selecting a category…

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At the risk of repeating ourselves, we rely on our visitors and our other sponsors for quite literally everything. Can you help out?

Upcoming Events

<p><strong>March 3rd 12:00 - 3:00</strong><br />Regular Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 3:00<br />Sa

Museum Re-Opens to the Public

Tuesday, March 3
Starts at 12:00 PM

March 3rd 12:00 - 3:00
Regular Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 3:00
Sa…

<h2>Bank Street Theater Turns 100 Anniversary Exhibit</h2>
<p><br />Join us as we look back and com

Bank Street Theater Turns 100

Friday, April 3
Starts at 10:00 AM

Bank Street Theater Turns 100 Anniversary Exhibit


Join us as we look back and com…

<p>Learn about vintage photography and develop photos from negatives using your own portable device.

Youth Workshop: Turn Back Time!

Saturday, April 4
Starts at 10:00 AM

Learn about vintage photography and develop photos from negatives using your own portable device.…

<h2>Please join our Give Local Campaign!</h2>
<h3>Help us keep New Milford history alive!<br />Tues

Give Local

Tuesday, April 21
Starts at 7:00 AM

Please join our Give Local Campaign!

Help us keep New Milford history alive!
Tues…

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.

Details to follow

Field of Honor

Saturday, November 9 2013
Field of Honor...
This is an old event, from 2013
Details to follow

2nd Annual Art Show at the New Milford Historical Society Museum
Opening reception: Friday Sept. 21

An Artist's Eye on New Milford

Friday, September 21 2018
An Artist's Eye on New Milford...
This is an old event, from 2018
2nd Annual Art Show at the New Milford Historical Society Museum Opening reception: Friday Sept. 21st 6-8 pm Runs through October 20th Open Tuesdays - Fridays 12-3 and Saturdays and Sundays 11-2 Art work for sale We are receiving art work for the art show on Thursday 9/6 from 10 - 4 and Saturday 9/8 from 11-2. For details and guidelines, please see the application on the tab on the homepage of the website or call the museum for more information.

The Trustees and Curator of the New Milford Historical Society & Museum invites the residents of

Open House at the Society

Sunday, December 8 2013
Open House at the Society ...
This is an old event, from 2013
The Trustees and Curator of the New Milford Historical Society & Museum invites the residents of New Milford to start the celebration of the holiday season by visiting the Museum on Sunday, December 8, 2013 between the hours of 12 noon and 3 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for first time visitors as well as repeat visitors to tour the museum among beautiful holiday decorations. The Trustees and Curator will be present to guide the visitors throughout the museum including the Main Gallery built in 1963, the historic Knapp House, built in 1815, and the Boardman Store built in 1796. The Museum Store will also be open and the 2013 medallion featuring the Water Witch Hose Company No. 2 Parade Carriage will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served with no admission fee that day. This will be the New Milford Historical Society's gift to the citizens of New Milford. Those seeking additional information may call the Society at (860) 354-3069 or go to our website www.nmhistorical.org.

Tales of Old New Milford - Slavery, Crime & Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier
History of t

Michael John Cavallaro New Gate Prison Lecture

Thursday, March 14 2013
Michael John Cavallaro New Gate Prison Lecture...
This is an old event, from 2013
Tales of Old New Milford - Slavery, Crime & Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier History of the nation's first detention facility, Newgate Prison, from the dark day that it opened to the day of its final demise. Cost: $5.00

What do you think makes New Milford special and historically significant? We are inviting you to tak

Centennial Exhibition Submission Day

Tuesday, March 31 2015
Centennial Exhibition Submission Day...
This is an old event, from 2015
What do you think makes New Milford special and historically significant? We are inviting you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to get involved and be a part of making history!! The guidelines for objects to be considered are: objects were made during the past 100 years (1915 through 2015), directly represents New Milford, or owned by someone from New Milford. Objects will be selected by members of the Centennial Exhibition Committee and the Curator of the museum A Temporary Loan form for the objects will be filled out at time of acceptance. We have limited exhibition space and unfortunately cannot accept all items.

<strong>In 1907, an exhibition was mounted in Memorial Hall in the Library,</strong> to celebrate th

Celebrating our 100th

Sunday, May 24 2015
Celebrating our 100th…...
This is an old event, from 2015
In 1907, an exhibition was mounted in Memorial Hall in the Library, to celebrate the town's Bi-Centennial. The public was invited to bring in items directly associated with New Milford to be put on exhibit for all the towns people to see the rich history of their town. Almost 500 objects were chosen and put on display and was considered one of the most interesting collections of antiquities in the State of Connecticut. These interesting and precious heirlooms demonstrated the important role that natives of New Milford played in earlier times as merchants, travelers and missionaries. It has been said that the finest thing about this special exhibit was the "public spirit it exemplified." Many of the visitors of the exhibit expressed regret that such a remarkable collection had to be taken down so quickly and hoped that one day New Milford would have a permanent place to house these antiquities. By 1915, eight years later, a group of prominent citizens came together, a board of Trustees was selected, the by-laws were written and the New Milford Historical Society and Museum was established. Today, it sits at the north end of the green and houses many of the original historical objects that were first exhibited in 1907.

This year, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary. When the Historical Society was created, its mission was for "the Town of New Milford to have a public museum and center for the benefit of the public in educational, historical and cultural activities and to encourage public appreciation in art, history and music…" To commemorate this special historical event, the Historical Society will be mounting an exhibition entitled "New Milford: A Century of Collecting, 1915-2015". The purpose of this exhibit is to collect and display objects of significance that directly represents New Milford during the past 100 years. Examples of items can include; photographs, historical heirlooms, modern day objects, textiles, journals, advertising memorabilia, and products from local companies and industries. What do you think makes New Milford special and historically significant? We are inviting you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to get involved and be a part of making history!! The guidelines for objects to be considered are: objects were made during the past 100 years (1915 through 2015), directly represents New Milford, or owned by someone from New Milford.

Objects chosen will be included in this special 6-month exhibit opening Sunday, May 24th. Just as people got excited and "exemplified public spirit" in 1907, our hope is to re-create this excitement in 2015! Objects will be selected by members of the Centennial Exhibition Committee and the Curator of the museum on the following days: Tuesday March 24 10:00 - 3:00, Sunday March 29 10:00 - 3:00 and Tuesday March 31, 4:00 - 8:00 at the Historical Society. A Temporary Loan form for the objects will be filled out at time of acceptance. We have limited exhibition space and unfortunately cannot accept all items.