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.

SHOES

COMMON GROUND: IRWIN BY TORRANCE YORK

HISTORY OF NEW CANAAN’S FIRE COMPANY

Extended through October 15, 2019
The exhibition runs through November 3
Opening Reception Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Donna Gorman, board governor and owner of SeeDesign, Inc., conceived of, and curated, Shoes, an extensive exhibition of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes. Drawn from the Museum’s 400 pairs, she selected 200 based on a number of factors including age, condition, originality, and function. 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

Mike Tiani, the Historian for the New Canaan Fire Company, curates a special exhibit in honor of Fire Prevention Awareness Month. Chronicling 140 years of the Fire Company’s history, the show includes photographs, memorabilia, medals, uniforms and other artifacts. Read more

NEW CANAAN HISTORY DAY

MEMBERS ONLY ARCHITECTURAL NIGHT

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, September 19: 5:30 PM tour, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00 PM presentation

The inaugural New Canaan History Day celebration will take place the last Sunday in September. Museum buildings will be open with knowledgeable docents in the Hearth and Craft rooms of the Hanford-Silliman House, the Tool Museum, Rock School and Cody Pharmacy.. Read more

Join members of the Historical Society for this special evening of architecture. First, wander down the hill and enjoy a private tour of 4 Main Street, the 2019 “This Old House – Idea House” built by KARP Associates, Inc. Return to 13 Oenoke Ridge at 7 pm for a presentation by Christopher Wigren from the CT Preservation Trust.  Read more

SHOES

Through October 15, 2019

Donna Gorman, board governor and owner of SeeDesign, Inc., conceived of, and curated, Shoes, an extensive exhibition of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes. Drawn from the Museum’s 400 pairs, she selected 200 based on a number of factors including age, condition, originality, and function. 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

HISTORY OF NEW CANAAN’S FIRE COMPANY

Opening Reception Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Mike Tiani, the Historian for the New Canaan Fire Company, curates a special exhibit in honor of Fire Prevention Awareness Month. Chronicling 140 years of the Fire Company’s history, the show includes photographs, memorabilia, medals, uniforms and other artifacts. Read more

NEW CANAAN HISTORY DAY

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The inaugural New Canaan History Day celebration will take place the last Sunday in September. Museum buildings will be open with knowledgeable docents in the Hearth and Craft rooms of the Hanford-Silliman House, the Tool Museum, Rock School and Cody Pharmacy.. Read more

MEMBERS ONLY ARCHITECTURAL NIGHT

Thursday, September 19: 5:30 PM tour, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00 PM presentation

Join members of the Historical Society for this special evening of architecture. First, wander down the hill and enjoy a private tour of 4 Main Street, the 2019 “This Old House – Idea House” built by KARP Associates, Inc. Return to 13 Oenoke Ridge at 7 pm for a presentation by Christopher Wigren from the CT Preservation Trust.  Read more