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

THOMAS S. BERNTSEN EXHIBITION

Through September 21st, 2019
The exhibition runs through November 3.
Display runs through August 16th.

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

For the second summer the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society has offered its downstairs exhibit space (aptly named the Silvermine Gallery) to Roger Mudre, Gallery Director of Silvermine Arts Center.  Roger selects the artist, who then curates and installs his or her own work. 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

SHOES

June 4 through September 21st, 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

THOMAS S. BERNSTEN EXHIBIT

Display runs through August 16th. Reception Wednesday, July 24th 5:30 – 7 pm

For the second summer, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society has offered its downstairs exhibit space (aptly named the Silvermine Gallery) to Roger Mudre, Gallery Director of Silvermine Arts Center.  Roger selects the artist, who then curates and installs his or her own work. Read more