Welcome to the New Canaan Historical Society!

Celebrating New Canaan’s history since 1889.

Meet some of our amazing staff, volunteers, and supporters who help fulfill our mission. The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society is a cultural institution that focuses on preservation, modernism, education and community. Through exhibits, programs, library services and events, we celebrate history and explore its role in shaping the future.

STEP INTO SUMMER

June 1, 2019 from 6 to 10 pm

COMMON GROUND: IRWIN BY TORRANCE YORK

The exhibition runs through November 3.

New Canaan Museum & Historical Society invites you to Step into Summer with live music by DogHouse, festival food, signature drinks and a whiskey and beer tasting. There will also be a unique item auction. Read more

Common Ground: Irwin reflects York’s love of Irwin Park. “To me it feels like an outdoor museum with a rotating collection,” she says.  “This park is a manageable size to circle completely on each visit so it is very satisfying to track changes in nature from one day to the next. There is a new discovery around each bend in your path.” Read more

CONSTANCE OLD: THE ART OF CONSUMER DETRITUS

The exhibition runs through June 30.

30TH ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Constance Old’s work comes from a tradition of upcycling materials that began in Colonial America.  Settlers were quick to adhere to the mantra of “waste not, want not.” Living in rural New England with little money, women did what they could to cover the cold floors in their homes.  They took the burlap from empty seed sacks, cut strips of fabric out of old clothes, ribbons or scraps, pulled the fabric through the burlap and made floor coverings. Read more

Come join the fun, rain or shine, at the 30th Annual Ice Cream Social held under the big tent on the grounds. Stop by for a variety of refreshing ice cream flavors donated by Baskin-Robbins.  Members of the Exchange Club will be on hand to do the scooping. The New Canaan and Canaan Parish Chapters of the National Charity League will provide the delicious homemade cakes and help with serving. Read more

MORNINGS WITH MEREDITH CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

June 15th – Butter Making 10-11 AM

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society has launched a special children’s program on Saturdays from 10 – 11 am. Mornings with Meredith led by Education Coordinator Meredith Salton is designed for children ages 4 to 8. Read more

STEP INTO SUMMER

June 1, 2019 from 6 to 10 pm

New Canaan Museum & Historical Society invites you to Step into Summer with live music by DogHouse, festival food, signature drinks and a whiskey and beer tasting. There will also be a unique item auction. Read more

COMMON GROUND: IRWIN BY TORRANCE YORK

The exhibition runs through November 3.

Common Ground: Irwin reflects York’s love of Irwin Park. “To me it feels like an outdoor museum with a rotating collection,” she says.  “This park is a manageable size to circle completely on each visit so it is very satisfying to track changes in nature from one day to the next. There is a new discovery around each bend in your path.” Read more

CONSTANCE OLD: THE ART OF CONSUMER DETRITUS

The exhibition runs through June 30.

Constance Old’s work comes from a tradition of upcycling materials that began in Colonial America.  Settlers were quick to adhere to the mantra of “waste not, want not.” Living in rural New England with little money, women did what they could to cover the cold floors in their homes.  They took the burlap from empty seed sacks, cut strips of fabric out of old clothes, ribbons or scraps, pulled the fabric through the burlap and made floor coverings. Read more

30TH ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Come join the fun, rain or shine, at the 30th Annual Ice Cream Social held under the big tent on the grounds. Stop by for a variety of refreshing ice cream flavors donated by Baskin-Robbins.  Members of the Exchange Club will be on hand to do the scooping. The New Canaan and Canaan Parish Chapters of the National Charity League will provide the delicious homemade cakes and help with serving. Read more

MORNINGS WITH MEREDITH CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

June 15th – Butter Making 10-11 AM

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society has launched a special children’s program on Saturdays from 10 – 11 am. Mornings with Meredith led by Education Coordinator Meredith Salton is designed for children ages 4 to 8. Read more