• New Canaan Historical Society

    Founded in 1889, we promote historic preservation and build an appreciation of our Town’s rich past through programs, events, research, exhibitions, museums and more.
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  • Historic Town Register

    Here we have a selection of significant New Canaan homes over 100 years old, Drummond Visitation Homes, Landmark Homes, New Canaan Historic District Homes, and more. – Learn More

  • Genealogical
    Research

    Genealogical Research

    The New Canaan Historical Society maintains a large, well-focused research library of more than 3,500 volumes, specializing in local history, regional history, and genealogy. – Learn More

  • Calendar
    of Events

    Calendar of Events

    We hold a large diversity of events all year long. Events are for the all ages and those interested inthe history of New Canaan and the surrounding area.
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Celebrate With Us, 125 Years and Counting

  • Woven In Time: Kashmir Shawls

    July – September 2015
    A new exhibit of Kashmir shawls is opening at the New Canaan Historical Society’s Costumes Museum. The shawls shown reflect the preferences of Americans during the Victorian Period. Included in the exhibit are shawls from the 1st quarter of the 19th century through the end of the century. All shawls and costumes are from the Society’s collection.

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  • House of Carss

    September 12th
    The New Canaan Historical Society will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special event which will include a tour to significant car collector garages throughout the day, followed by a gala at Collectors Car Garage in Bedford Hills, NY. Don’t miss this unique even to celebrate our 125th anniversary!

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  • Get Involved

    The New Canaan Historical Society is open to everyone. We welcome you as a guest and invite you to become a member — we are not exclusive and we have no waiting lists!

    Ways to Get Involved
    Become a Member
    Volunteer
    Educational Programs
    Become a Museum Docent

  • Some Historical Facts

    • The New Canaan Playhouse opened on Sept. 19, 1923 with a showing of “Down to the Sea in Ships”
    • The town’s first fire engine was paid for on July 4, 1845 in which a volunteer fire company was organized
    • The dedication of the town’s first high school took place on July 4, 1926
    • New Canaan’s first retail shoe store was built in 1870 at the corner of Elm, J. & J. Benedict
  • A Century Ago…

    The 1910 census showed that New Canaan’s population had risen to 3,667 residents.  The town reported an assessment of 945 houses (up 53 from the year before) with a value of $2,859,560. New Canaan received the generous donation of a large parcel of land from the widow of Benjamin P. Mead, thus paving the way for the creation of Mead Park in the coming years. Construction was also underway for the town’s first library, architected by a local resident.