Some Past Events

COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM

The New Milford Historical Society has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop CommuniJuly 2022
The New Milford Historical Society has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program for the month of August. The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. The New Milford Historical Society was selected as the August beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Stop & Shop located at 180 Danbury Road. The New Milford Historical Society] will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during the month of August, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag. This donation will greatly help the New Milford Historical Society earn some much needed funds. The New Milford Historical Society is a nonprofit based downtown in New Milford, just north of the Green. We preserve New Milford’s history through our Museum.

A History of the Bull’s Bridge Hydroelectric Project

Do you love history? Especially local history? We have the program for you!
Join Steve Jones and ZaJuly 2022
Do you love history? Especially local history? We have the program for you! Join Steve Jones and Zac Mirecki’s presentation on the amazing history of the Bulls Bridge project! This visual presentation will be accompanied by Steve and Zac’s history talk.Steve grew up in Naugatuck, the product of two ancient Yankee families from New England starting in 1640 in Salem and New Haven. He was an industrial engineer and ultimately landed in occupational safety & ergonomics. His main interest is in early power history, especially the development of electrical insulators. Steve has collected insulators for the past 40 years.Zac Mirecki grew up in Hebron, and was no stranger to flea markets and antique shows having been mentored by an original Brimfield dealer. He has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Simmons College and over 5 years experience processing manuscript collections at the Connecticut Historical Society.Registration is encouraged: https://bit.ly/nmplAdultPrograms. July 23, 6:00pm @ The Marsh Parish House (behind the First Congregational Church)

Juneteenth Programs Part II

What is Juneteenth? (The National Museum of African American History and Culture, https://nmaahc.si.June 2022
What is Juneteenth? (The National Museum of African American History and Culture, https://nmaahc.si.edu/juneteenth)“On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteenth  — a combination of June and 19 — for over 150 years.”Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by other names, including Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day.  Juneteenth has been observed with prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, picnics, and festivals. On June 14 and 23, 2022, there will be a special 2 part programming collaboration between the New Milford Public Library and The New Milford Historical Society and Museum in remembrance of Juneteenth.  Norm Cummings, New Milford resident, member of the Board of the Historical Society and Museum, reporter, and local historian, in 2021 recorded interviews with 7 present and former New Milford residents for an Oral History project. This project was created alongside a permanent exhibit at The Museum, The Black Experience in New Milford, curated by Lisa Roush. A member of The New Milford Youth Agency, Dylan Heydet, performed the taping and editing of this project. These oral histories can be found on YouTube, the trailer can be watched using this link Part 2 of the program will be held on June 23 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, at The New Milford Historical Society and Museum, 6 Aspetuck Ave, New Milford. The Museum will be especially open to program registrants.  Museum curator Lisa Roush, will offer a welcome to the Museum, a brief overview of the exhibit, The Black Experience in New Milford. This permanent exhibit, chronicles the history of Blacks in the United States from the time of slavery, through the Revolutionary and World Wars, and the journey from Reconstruction to the Great Migration and the Civil Rights Movement. Connecticut and New Milford are the focal points of each historic event with the highlighting of Black military members, leaders, and the many contributions made by Black New Milford citizens. Small groups will be invited to walk through the Museum with a docent offering an opportunity to view the general collection in addition to the, Black Experience in New Milford, permanent exhibit.  Registration is required and limited for this special program. Register online at:  https://bit.ly/nmplprograms or call:  860-355-1191 for assistance with registration.

Juneteenth Programs Part I

What is Juneteenth? (The National Museum of African American History and Culture, https://nmaahc.si.June 2022
What is Juneteenth? (The National Museum of African American History and Culture, https://nmaahc.si.edu/juneteenth)“On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteenth  — a combination of June and 19 — for over 150 years.”Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by other names, including Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day.  Juneteenth has been observed with prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, picnics, and festivals. On June 14 and 23, 2022, there will be a special 2 part programming collaboration between the New Milford Public Library and The New Milford Historical Society and Museum in remembrance of Juneteenth.  Norm Cummings, New Milford resident, member of the Board of the Historical Society and Museum, reporter, and local historian, in 2021 recorded interviews with 7 present and former New Milford residents for an Oral History project. This project was created alongside a permanent exhibit at The Museum, The Black Experience in New Milford, curated by Lisa Roush. A member of The New Milford Youth Agency, Dylan Heydet, performed the taping and editing of this project. These oral histories can be found on YouTube, the trailer can be watched using this link Part 1 of the program will be held at The Maxx, 94 Railroad Street, New Milford, from 7:00pm-8:30pm on June 14.  For this program, Norm will be discussing the project, showing clips from the interviews, and engaging in dialogue with the audience.  Registration is encouraged for this presentation. Registration is online at:  https://bit.ly/nmplprograms or call:  860-355-1191 for assistance with registration.

All Hallows Center Cemetery Tour

Costumed guides will lead groups of visitors from the Historical Society Museum to Center Cemetery wOctober 2021
Costumed guides will lead groups of visitors from the Historical Society Museum to Center Cemetery where actors dressed as the town’s citizens of the past will be at their gravestones to tell the stories of their lives. Sign up here on Eventbrite to purchase tickets. Tours leave every 15 minutes. The tour requires a lot of walking on uneven ground and the area is dark and will be lit with luminares. Please bring a flashlight.

The Fire of 1902: The Night New Milford Burned

An account of the single biggest event to change the town’s business scene by NMHS President, June 2020
An account of the single biggest event to change the town’s business scene by NMHS President, Joe Cats.Thursday June 18th7:00 pm. Members free /non-members: $5.00