• 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

  • Genealogical
    Research

    Genealogical Research

    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

    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

  • As We Were – 1889

    December 2014 – May 2015
    The Historical Society’s new exhibit, As We Were, features the fashions of our founding year, 1889. The exhibit connects two historical events, the first meeting to found the Historical Society, and the wedding of two prominent founders, Edna Hoyt Rogers and Henry Benjamin Rogers. Don’t miss this unique display of the fashions of our history.

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  • An Artist’s Life: The Art of Frank Townsend Hutchens

    On view until December 15th, 2014 Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibit celebrating the life work of a prominent Silvermine artist.

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  • Get Involved

    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
    Volunteer
    Educational Programs
    Become a Museum Docent

  • Some Historical Facts

    • The New Canaan Playhouse opened on Sept. 19, 1923 with a showing of “Down to the Sea in Ships”
    • The town’s first fire engine was paid for on July 4, 1845 in which a volunteer fire company was organized
    • The dedication of the town’s first high school took place on July 4, 1926
    • New Canaan’s first retail shoe store was built in 1870 at the corner of Elm, J. & J. Benedict
  • 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.