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  • 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.

  • Antique Firefighting Equipment, Sunday At Matthew Curtiss House; Walking Tour Nearby

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 23.

    The house/museum, a fine example of Connecticut saltbox architecture, was constructed circa 1750 and purchased by Matthew Curtiss Jr. in 1781.  In 1970 the historical society purchased and restored the house to its original condition.

  • Historical Society To Host Open House And Horse Guard Demonstration, May 19 At NHS Headquarters

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday, May 19. 

    Master Sergeant Bill Goessinger of The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will be joining us along with two of his horses. All are invited to learn about the history of the horse guard, which is headquartered in Newtown, and how it has evolved over the years.

    The public is also invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm. 

  • Newtown History Camp Opens Registration

    Newtown Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Summer History Camp. The camp will be hosted at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, the week of July 15-19. Registration is open for children between the ages of 8 to 10 and offers campers a week of interactive and exciting experiences of Colonial-era life.

  • Historical Society Program: "The Nutmegger Who Was Almost President," By A Descendent Of LaFayette Foster

    LaFayette Foster is a name largely forgotten today, but in his time he was an important and well known figure who served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate and was thus acting Vice President under Andrew Johnson, following Lincoln’s assassination.

    Newtown Historical Society host an examination of Foster’s life and achievements through a presentation by Tom Vogt on Monday, May 13. The program will begin at 7:30 pm, and will be in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

  • Appraisal Day And Open House: Sunday Programs By Historical Society

    Newtown Historical Society will host a pair of events on Sunday, April 7.

    At Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, appraisers with various specialties will be available to help visitors identify and appraise antique items.