Newtown Historical Society

  • Historical Society Open House & Living History Demonstration, Sunday Afternoon

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house on Sunday, November 15, from 12 to 4 pm, at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street.

  • ‘The Treason Trial Of Aaron Burr’

    There are many enigmatic figures in America’s history but one of the most puzzling is Aaron Burr. Well connected, and well on his way up the public career ladder, he ended in disgrace, a vice president later tried for treason.

  • Main Street Ghost Walk & Candlelight Tours Planned

    Newtown Historical Society’s Ghost Walk through the center of town will be offered Saturday, October 17, with tours departing at 5:30 and 7 pm.

    Following last year’s sold out performance, Martha Bishop will again lead two walks along Main Street telling ghostly stories. The walks will start from The Matthew Curtiss House, at 44 Main Street, and each will be followed by a candlelight tour of the house conducted by costumed docents.

  • Historical Society Hosts Lessons In One-Room School House

    Newtown Historical Society representatives opened the Little Red Schoolhouse on the grounds of Middle Gate Elementary School on Sunday, September 20, to conduct classes inside the historic schoolhouse and offer recess activities on the lawn.

    Costumed docents — Mike Asselta, Barbara Wilson, Maren Brady, and Kimmie Johnson — welcomed the participants for class just after 12:30 pm. The event was held for children between 5 and 10 years old.

  • Village Cemetery Tour Conjures Newtown History

    Town Historian Dan Cruson offered a walking tour of the Village Cemetery on Sunday, June 14.

    While standing in the newer section of the cemetery, Mr Cruson said he would not be talking about the 21st Century graves, but would be focusing on graves from the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries.

  • Antiques Market Returning Saturday

    The second annual Newtown Antiques Market will be Saturday, June 27, 10 am to 5 pm, on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus.

    The one-day, festive, outdoor show and sale benefits Newtown Historical Society and its mission of preserving historic structures, mounting noteworthy exhibits, and promoting local history.

    Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions, based in Rhinebeck, N.Y., said he and his company are thrilled to bring back the event.

  • June 14: Historical Society Open House, Marble Making Demonstration & Walking Tour

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 14. This month’s living history demonstration will be presented by Thomas Kingsley, of Kingsley Marbles in Trumbull. In addition, Town Historian Dan Cruson will offer a walking tour of the town’s oldest cemetery.

    The public is also invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm. Admission is free; however, a $2 suggested donation per person is welcomed and appreciated.

  • Open House & Beekeeping Demos To Be Hosted By Historical Society

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday May 17, from noon to 4 pm.

    Norman Cote of Norwalk will be this month’s special guest. He will compare colonial methods of beekeeping to modern methods, and will have samples of honey, beeswax, and pollen.

  • Historical Society Program Will Examine Medicine In The Revolutionary War

    Most people already know that life in the Revolutionary War army was harsh and led to disease and injury, but what about the remedies for those conditions? What did one do when a soldier became sick while enduring the brutal Valley Forge winters or was injured in battle?

    Newtown Historical Society will look at medicinal practices during the Revolution on Monday, May 11, at 7:30. Dr Ray Sullivan will present a program called “Rough Medicine: The Medicine and Surgery of the American Revolution.”

  • Historical Society Program To Display Southbury’s Resistance To Hitler

    By 1937 Adolf Hitler had been in power for four years and had begun spreading his tentacles beyond Germany to the rest of Europe and even to America. One means of expansion was the German American Bund, or association for German American youth. Ostensibly a camp to promote American values and outdoor pursuits, the real purpose was to establish Nazi principles on American soil.