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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>A talk on the mysterious <strong><em>Cat Woman of Gaylordsville</em></strong> and the Victorian s

Florence Maybrick: The Mystery of the Dress

Thursday, September 26
Starts at 7:00 PM

A talk on the mysterious Cat Woman of Gaylordsville and the Victorian s…

<p>History comes alive as we travel the byways of <strong>Center Cemetery</strong>, in conjunction w

Center Cemetery Walking Tour

Saturday, October 12
Starts at 5:30 PM

History comes alive as we travel the byways of Center Cemetery, in conjunction w…

<p>Watch this space for more details!</p>

Annual Membership Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, October 15
Starts at 6:00 PM

Watch this space for more details!

<p>We’ve overgrown our space, so this year we’ll be at the Masonic Temple up Aspetuck Av

Holiday Artisan Market

Saturday, November 30
Starts at 1:00 PM

We’ve overgrown our space, so this year we’ll be at the Masonic Temple up Aspetuck Av…

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.

What Will You Leave Behind? 
The Connecticut Crossroads Project is a not for profit 
with the miss

Connecticut Crossroads Oral History Project

Saturday, February 24 2018
Connecticut Crossroads Oral History Project ...
This is an old event, from 2018
What Will You Leave Behind? The Connecticut Crossroads Project is a not for profit with the mission to preserve the history of communities within Connecticut. Join Chris Fisher, the president of the organization in a conversation about the goals of the organization, how they differentiate town and community and why everyone's memories matter. The presentation will include a live interview with a special guest that will be recorded and preserved in the organization's archive. members: free/ non-members: $5 Refreshments served

Field of Honor at the New Milford Historical Society &amp; Museum
"Making History Part of

FIELD OF HONOR

Sunday, November 4 2012
FIELD OF HONOR...
This is an old event, from 2012
Field of Honor at the New Milford Historical Society &amp; Museum "Making History Part of Our Lives". This fall there will be a new crop on the grounds of the New Milford Historical Society & Museum. It is not golden ears of corn, but waving stripes of the American Flag. Row upon row, each flag represents a veteran of one of the United States Armed Forces. The field of flags serves as both a reminder and a tribute to the Veterans who have served and presently serving our country. All are welcome to walk through the flags, read names, listen to and share their stories of themselves, family members, friends and others who have given in many different ways so that we are able to have the freedom to celebrate our flag. This Veteran's Day, in honor of our Military Veterans and those serving our country today, the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury will erect a Field of Honor on the grounds of the New Milford Historical Society's lawn. The field will be comprised of at least 200 3 foot by 5 foot American Flags and be on display from November 4 through December 8, 2012. We invite you to sponsor a flag in honor of a Veteran or Patriot. Your Honoree will be proudly displayed on a yellow ribbon attached to the flag. Please contact Linda Thomas at field.of.honor.linda@gmail.com with any questions or opportunities to volunteer. Purchase a flag and a portion of the proceeds to will be donated to the various non-profit organizations in New Milford taking part in selling the flags such as The Girl Scouts, The Boy Scouts and the New Milford Historical Society. The price of one flag is $30, four flags for $100, major sponsor $500.

<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.

~With Sarah St. Germain and Rebecca Starkins~
Learn about a 1770s wardrobe with Sarah St. Germain f

The Language of an 18th Century Wardrobe

Thursday, May 15 2014
The Language of an 18th Century Wardrobe...
This is an old event, from 2014
~With Sarah St. Germain and Rebecca Starkins~ Learn about a 1770s wardrobe with Sarah St. Germain from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. From breeches to waistcoats and caps to stays, attendees will learn the language of early American fashion. With the help of Rebecca Starkins, proprietress of “A Fashionable Frolick,” St. Germain will present period reproductions. A question and answer period will follow.

Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30 
Tag Sale Fundraiser during Village Fair Days. 

We are now accep

Tag Sale Fundraiser

Friday, July 28 2017
Tag Sale Fundraiser...
This is an old event, from 2017
Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30 Tag Sale Fundraiser during Village Fair Days. We are now accepting donations for the Tag Sale Drop off can be made to the museum Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 - 3:00 and Sundays 12 :00 - 3:00 Donations are Tax deductible and a tax letter can be provided. Sunday 7/30 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Our legendary 50 percent off sale

The Fire of 1902 - Presentation of the Great Fire on Bank Street by Joe Cats

The Fire of 1902

Thursday, May 4 2017
The Fire of 1902...
This is an old event, from 2017
The Fire of 1902 - Presentation of the Great Fire on Bank Street by Joe Cats