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
Americans at Play
The New Canaan Historical presents Americans at Play, which salutes the way people spent their leisure time in the late 1800s and early 1900s. People of all ages, especially young women, freed from the confines of the hoop skirt, embraced outdoor activities such as cycling and riding. The exhibit features wool bathing suits which were quite the fashion in the 1920s.
From the Archives: D.P. Brinley
New acquisitions and items from the Historical Society’s collections detail and demonstrate Silvermine artist D.P. Brinley’s work and impact to the New Canaan community and beyond. More information to follow!
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.