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.

HAT MADNESS

TALKING SHOP

A HISTORY OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT

Exhibition runs through March 8, 2020.
 
Tour of the Hat Exhibition  with Curator  Penny Havard:
 
Saturday, Februay 1 at 10:30 am
Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 pm

The exhibition runs through
April 18, 2020.

Gallery Discussions With
Curator Patricia Funt Oxman:

Thursday, January 30 – 10:30 am
Tuesday, February 18 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 – 10:30 am

January 22 at 7:00 pm

In Hat Madness, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society opens up its extensive clothing and textile collection to explore the history of hats, hat design and hat-making. From the simple bonnets worn in Colonial times to stunning pieces of art that were popular in the 1920s to the “Pussy Cap” of the 2017 Women’s March, this exhibition spans more than 200 years. Period garments and related accessories will also be on display. Read more

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s new exhibition TALKING SHOP explores New Canaan’s long and rich retail history. It highlights many of the stores in New Canaan from the 19th century to the mid-1970s.  The exhibition features the independent and family owned shops that have been the backbone of this community for generations​. Read more

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and the New Canaan Library present “An Evening with Michael Waldman – The Bill of Rights: A History of the Second Amendment.”  This lecture, the second in a six-part series on the Constitution, explores the history of the right to keep and bear arms and what that Amendment means in the 21st Century​. Read more

HAT MADNESS

Exhibition runs through March 8, 2020.
 
Tour of the Hat Exhibition  with Curator  Penny Havard:
 
Saturday, Februay 1 at 10:30 am
Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 pm

In Hat Madness, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society opens up its extensive clothing and textile collection to explore the history of hats, hat design and hat-making. From the simple bonnets worn in Colonial times to stunning pieces of art that were popular in the 1920s to the “Pussy Cap” of the 2017 Women’s March, this exhibition spans more than 200 years. Period garments and related accessories will also be on display. Read more

TALKING SHOP

Opening reception on January 16 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The exhibition runs through April 18, 2020.

Discussion Dates:

Thursday, January 30 – 10:30 am
Tuesday, February 18 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 – 10:30 am

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s new exhibition TALKING SHOP explores New Canaan’s long and rich retail history. It highlights many of the stores in New Canaan from the 19th century to the mid-1970s.  The exhibition features the independent and family owned shops that have been the backbone of this community for generations​. Read more

A HISTORY OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT

January 22 at 7:00 pm

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and the New Canaan Library present “An Evening with Michael Waldman – The Bill of Rights: A History of the Second Amendment.”  This lecture, the second in a six-part series on the Constitution, explores the history of the right to keep and bear arms and what that Amendment means in the 21st Century​. Read more