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  • 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.

  • Historical Society Guest Speaker To Discuss ‘Women’s Work In WWII’

    UPDATE: Due to the weather of Monday, February, 9, the historical society has decided to postpone this program. A new date will be announced.

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    We’ve all heard the phrase The Greatest Generation, used to describe for the men and women who fought in World War II, but what of the girls they left behind?  The war caused profound changes at home, and Newtown Historical Society will look at some of them in a presentation by John Cilio.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Maybe you were one of the lucky ones to hear these singers: A group of about 20 people, adults and children, embarked on a special night of caroling this past holiday season, inspired by Extreme Martial Arts owners Cindy and husband Russ Moore. The group met at the martial arts studio in the Plaza South, then ventured to three local homes of people who needed a bit more joy for the holidays. I understand cookies were shared with each family they visited.

  • Historical Society Seeking Artifacts Of Sandy Hook’s Irish Population

    Newtown Historical Society (NHS) is seeking loans of photographs, letters, poetry, journals, needlework, crafts, clothing, and similar items from the late 19th and early 20th Century, as it relates to the Irish population of Sandy Hook, for an upcoming exhibit.

  • Evolution Of The Schick Razor, During Historical Society Open House

    Sketches for Schick razor designs, such as the one above from 1967 and the one below, from 1971, both by Martin Glaberson, will be shared during the next Newtown Historical Society open house.