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  • Historical Society Holiday Open House, With Live Music, December 8

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday, December 8. The public is invited to visit between noon and 4 pm.

    During the event, when the building will be traditionally decorated for the holidays, the sounds of historic and holiday tunes will fill the air. Rebecca and John Arkenberg and Bruce Larkin of Stratford will be performing from 1 to 3 pm. Guests will be invited to enjoy hot cider by the fire.

  • ‘From Hula Hoops To High Fashion: G. Fox In The 1950s’

    Newtown Historical Society will host a presentation on one of Connecticut’s flagship retailers, G. Fox Company, on Monday, November 18, at 7:30 pm, in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The program is entitled “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G Fox in the 1950s,” and will be presented by Elizabeth Abbe.

  • Historical Society Planning Open House, Tape Looming Demonstration & Book Signing

    The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday November 10.

    During the open house, visitors will learn what tape looming is from Reggie DeLarm of Torrington. Ms DeLarm will demonstrate tape looming while discussing who traditionally performed the looming and what they would have been used for.

  • America’s Path Into World War II

    America came out of its isolationist feeling in a hurry in December 1941. But perhaps it was not that sudden after all; there were many events that brought us to that brink.

    Newtown Historical Society will look at the events leading up to World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the first year of the war, in a program on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The illustrated presentation, “‘Til  Boots Hit The Ground,” will be made by Peter Cronin.

  • Open House At The Little Red School House

    Newtown Historical Society will host its Annual Children’s Day at The Little Red School House on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, October 6, from noon until 2 pm.

    Costumed docents will conduct “class” inside the schoolhouse for ages 5-10, and then recess activities will take place outside. Docents will teach and organize colonial games, such as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races, and Tug of War.

  • Open House And Revolutionary Camp Reenactment Held At Historical Society Headquarters

    Newtown Historical Society hosted an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday, September 15.

    For the open house, members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment conducted a reenactment of a revolutionary encampment.

  • Open House And Revolutionary Camp Reenactment, Sunday At Matthew Curtiss House

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday September 15, from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is free; however, donations are welcomed and will benefit the historical society.

    During the open house members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment will be conducting a reenactment of a revolutionary encampment. Possible attendees are soldiers, a spy, a surgeon, and a whitesmith. There will be demonstrations in hearth cooking and clothing.

  • ‘Tavern Signs: Art And Advertising In Early America’

    The image has always been important in advertising, and it was no different for our ancestors in Colonial and early Federal America. Newtown Historical Society will look at a particular form of advertising, the tavern sign, with a look at Connecticut Historical Society’s collection of such signs, in the community room of C.H. Booth Library.

    The presentation, “Tavern Signs: Art and Advertising in Early America,” by Richard Malley, will be offered on Monday, September 9, beginning at 7:30 pm.

  • Community Involvement Made House and Garden Tour A Success

    To the Editor

    On behalf of the Newtown Historical Society, we would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, committee members, homeowners, and residents for making this year’s 17th Annual Newtown House and Garden Tour a success.  We are very grateful to the community for attending our primary annual fundraiser and supporting our mission to preserve Newtown history.

  • Openings Still Available for Summer History Camp

    Enrollment for the Newtown Historical Society’s 8th Annual Summer History Camp is nearing full capacity for the 2013 season, but its not too late to enroll your child for a week of interactive colonial-era exploration and fun. Vacancies for the afternoon session, which runs from 1 to 4 pm, during the week of July 15-19 are still available for children between the ages of 8 to 10.