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.

© Photo: Connecticut State Library, Justin Gruelle, The Crow & The Pitcher.

A NEW DEAL FOR THE ARTS: THE FEDERAL ART PROJECT ERA 1933-1943

January 11-March 30 at the New Canaan Historical Society

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL VALENTINE’S TEA

Thursday, February 14th, 2:00 PM

NEW CANAAN ANTIQUES, ART AND JEWELRY SHOW

Saturday March 9th 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday March 10th 11 AM – 4 PM

A New Deal for the Arts: The Federal Art Project Era 1933-1943 includes large scale works by Justin Gruelle, George Avison, Liacita Gregg, Clifton Meek, Ralph Nelson and Ernest Albert, Jr., as well as documents, works on paper, posters, and historical information. Also included are photographs of numerous important murals that have been lost or destroyed. Read more

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the New Canaan Historical Society’s tea. Enjoy tea, champagne, refreshments and a performance by The Town Players of New Canaan.  They will preview a scene from their upcoming play, “Gaslight,” written by British dramatist Patrick Hamilton in 1938, which opens February 22nd at the Powerhouse Theater. Read more

The 2nd annual New Canaan Antiques, Art and Jewelry Show to benefit the Historical Society will be held on March 9th and 10th in the Historical Society’s main building. An eclectic group of dealers will offer a wide selection of vintage and antique items. There will be paintings, small furniture, pottery, silver, jewelry and all kinds of interesting finds from the 18th century to the mid-century and beyond. Read more