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  • Weekend Events By Historical Society: Homes & Garden Tour, Open House, History Of Ice Cream Event And Walking Tour

    Newtown Historical Society will host its annual homes and gardens tour on Saturday, June 28. Then on Sunday, the society will host the final open house of the season at its headquarters, a program about ice cream combined with a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Ferris Acres Creamery, and a walking tour of Sandy Hook Center.

    “Mainly Main Street” is the focus for Newtown Historical Society’s 2014 House & Garden Tour.

  • A Piece Of Newtown History, Six (Or More) Feet Under

    Since becoming pastor of the Newtown United Methodist Church (NUMC), six and a half years ago, the Reverend Mel Kawakami has overseen one of the rituals of spring there — filling in the sinkholes in the front parking lot. But until last year, when a 10-by-10-foot test hole was opened up and he had the opportunity to see what lay beneath the asphalt, Rev Kawakami and many of his congregation had no idea that the ongoing problem was a piece of history buried under their feet.

  • Preserving Newtown’s History Is A Centuries-Long Quest

    Nearly a century separates the lives of the man recognized as Newtown’s first historian, Ezra Levan Johnson, and Newtown’s first official historian, Daniel Cruson, but uncanny similarities between the two men make them brethren.

  • Town Historian’s Annual Lecture Relocated Due To Library Flooding

    Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.”

  • Legendary Locals To Be Highlighted At Town Historian’s Annual Lecture

    NOTE (January 6, 2014): This story has been updated to reflect a change in location for the program, to Newtown Meeting House. 

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    Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.”

  • Town Historian's New Book Features Notable Men And Women Of Newtown

    Town Historian Daniel Cruson’s newest book will be released by Arcadia Publishing this week. Legendary Locals of Newtown is a compilation of images and information on many of the men and women who have formed Newtown since its purchase from the native Pootatucks in 1705.

  • 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.