Exhibits

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    Antique Silhouettes

    An antique silhouette exhibit featuring silhouettes from the 1700s and 1800s has just opened in the Townhouse at The New Canaan Historical Society and continues through February 3rd. The silhouette is a profile cut from white or black paper.  In the 18th century, it was a simple alternative for people who could not afford other […]

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    George Cody’s Campaign Buttons and Posters Collection

    George Cody and his family have been collecting campaign buttons and posters for over 50 years.  This collection represents a small part of his entire collection which encompasses both parties, with over 50 Presidential posters and about 45 panels of buttons. George remarked, “My collection started as a family affair.  One of my first political […]

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    Americans at Play

    This new exhibit salutes the way people spent their leisure time in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It is our first exhibit featuring the new lighting designed by Susan Leaming Pollish with funding provided by the New Canaan Community Foundation, the New Canaan Rotary and the Jeniam Foundation. People of all ages, especially young […]

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    It’s in the Details – A New Gores Pavilion Exhibit

    It’s in the Details A New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The exhibit was inspired by the Historical Society’s highly successful event, House of Cars, headed by Board members Susan Bishop and […]

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    Servicemen Remembered

    The Society’s newest exhibit honors the men and women from New Canaan who served in World War II.  Lt. Henry Maitland’s Navy White Dress Jumper and hats, Sgt. Benjamin Charles Ritter’s Eisenhower Jacket and Lt. Eleanor Brinkerhoff’s Navy Dress Uniform are just a few of the many uniforms on display. In addition, there is quite […]

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    A Winter’s Tale

    Open December 5, 2015 – March 2016 The Costume Museum On Saturday, December 5th, the Society is opening its latest costume exhibit, A Winter’s Tale, featuring winter fashions of 1890 to 1910. By the 1880s, Christmas was a big event.  Victorians sent lavish Christmas cards similar to Valentines or painted their own scenes.  Christmas trees […]

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    From the Archives: D. Putnam Brinley

    This exhibit celebrates recent gifts to the Society of four works by D. Putnam Brinley. Three are drawings gifted by Robert Faesy, which were given originally by the artist to Bob’s parents. The fourth is a study for the painting “Emerald Pool” (pictured above), gifted by Robert and Susan Bishop. D. Putnam Brinley was an […]

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    Woven In Time: Kashmir Shawls

      July 7 through October 7 2015 A new exhibit of Kashmir shawls opened at the New Canaan Historical Society’s Costumes Museum. The shawls shown reflect the preferences of Americans during the Victorian Period. Included in the exhibit are shawls from the 1st quarter of the 19th century through the end of the century. All shawls […]

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    Historic Barns Exhibit

    Historic Barns: Yesterday & Today Photographs by Kip Farrell Town House, Parlor Room Tuesday-Saturday, Walk-in May 21 – September Featuring photographs of New Canaan barns by author, photographer, and historic barn expert, Kip Farrell, as well as background on the local barn preservation ordinance. $5 Suggested Donation, Exhibit Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30-4:00, Saturday 9:30-12:00.

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    The Cartoonists of Silvermine: Past and Present

    Opening May 29 – August 15 in the Silvermine Room “The Cartoonists of Silvermine: Past and Present” is an historical retrospective exhibiting over seventy reproductions of seventeen cartoonists who at one time worked and/or lived in Silvermine from 1900 though the present. The exhibition will open at the Historical Society on Friday, May 29. Come and […]