New Canaan Historical Society
Founded in 1889, we promote historic preservation and build an appreciation of our Town’s rich past through programs, events, research, exhibitions, museums and more.
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Historic Town Register
Here we have a selection of significant New Canaan homes over 100 years old, Drummond Visitation Homes, Landmark Homes, New Canaan Historic District Homes, and more. – Learn More
The New Canaan Historical Society maintains a large, well-focused research library of more than 3,500 volumes, specializing in local history, regional history, and genealogy. – Learn More
Calendar of Events
We hold a large diversity of events all year long. Events are for the all ages and those interested inthe history of New Canaan and the surrounding area.
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Celebrate With Us, 125 Years and Counting
Friday, October 10th, 2014 The first special event for our 125th year. Twelve past presidents will be invited as honored guests. We hope to meet many of them for cocktails and appetizers before a concert of early American music by Eric Lichack and Vincent Costa, who will be performing the harpsichord and the baroque flute.
Saturday, October 11th (Raindate October 12th), 11:00am – 3:00pm Join in a celebration of our 125th birthday with colonial activities. There will be a fife and drum opening, militia drills, games, and a general store. The museums will be open with demonstrations and food. Visit the herb garden and follow it with a visit to the Cody Drug Store with many medicinal herbs on display.
The New Canaan Historical Society is open to everyone. We welcome you as a guest and invite you to become a member — we are not exclusive and we have no waiting lists!
Ways to Get Involved
Become a Member
Become a Museum Docent
Some Historical Facts
A Century Ago…
The 1910 census showed that New Canaan’s population had risen to 3,667 residents. The town reported an assessment of 945 houses (up 53 from the year before) with a value of $2,859,560. New Canaan received the generous donation of a large parcel of land from the widow of Benjamin P. Mead, thus paving the way for the creation of Mead Park in the coming years. Construction was also underway for the town’s first library, architected by a local resident.