2014 – A Year in Review

Each year at the Society there are many opportunities to serve, present and record New Canaan’s history. This year, home owners, realtors, researchers, tourists, genealogists, and history lovers have enjoyed our programs, publications and exhibits. Tourists have visited from twenty states, and from England, Sweden, France, and Germany. Their interests ranged from genealogy, sculpture, art, and architecture, to learning the history of New Canaan by visiting our museums.

The Society can be considered a “one stop shop” for the varied needs of our visitors, and this year was no different. For those interested in art, our Silvermine room featured the paintings of  Frank Townsend Hutchens. Other art exhibits included a showcase joining with the National Art Museum of Sport to feature the award-winning entries from their Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport: A Competition and Exhibit. In architecture, we joined in a book launch celebrating Modern Houses Today, taking a look at the evolution of Modern homes in New Canaan. At the Gores Pavilion, an exhibit of photographs from Bob Gregson, ArchiAbstracts, presented a new perspective on architecture as art.

All the items mentioned are found in our seven buildings, each requiring constant restoration and repair.  The list of this year’s improvements includes:

  • A new roof on the Town House Library
  • Installation of an updated HVAC system in the Rogers Studio, helped by a grant from the Community Foundation.
  • Restoration began on the windows of the Hanford-Silliman House, funded in part by a grant from the 1772 Foundation.

Festive celebrations were held in October to start our 125th  year, beginning with a Colonial Cocktails & Concert event, and followed by Colonial Day, which featured demonstrations in weaving, printing, militia drills, and many other Colonial-era practices demonstrated in our museums. In continuation of our 125th year as a Historical Society in New Canaan, we opened an exhibit in our costume museum, As We Were, 1889, celebrating our founding members and the founding of the Historical Society, which will be on view until May. We look forward to celebrating this remarkable year in our own history with you throughout the coming year!

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Our annual Victorian Tea attracted guests of all ages and featured goodies donated by the New Canaan Charity League.

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Our Holiday Open House was a great opportunity to celebrate the season and see what the Historical Society has to offer!

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Colonial Day brought us militia drills in front of the Hanford-Silliman House.

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As We Were, 1889 will be open until May 2015.