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

ANNUAL VALENTINES DAY TEA

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

The exhibition runs through
April 18, 2020.

Gallery Discussions With
Curator Patricia Funt Oxman:

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

February 14 at 1:00 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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society‘s tea. Enjoy tea, refreshments and a performance by The Town Players of New Canaan. Dressed in costumes from the 1940s, the actors will surround the microphone and perform a nostalgic routine from their Old-Time Radio Theater Live show that promises to bring romance back to life. Read more

WATCH AND DISCUSS THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY 13TH WITH BISHOP JOHN SELDERS

3RD ANNUAL NEW CANAAN ART, ANTIQUE AND JEWELRY SHOW

WILMA SHAW DEICAS TO DISCUSS HER BOOK LIFE ON A DAIRY FARM IN NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT

February 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm
March 7th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
March 8th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 10th, 11:00 am

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and the New Canaan Library will host the third in their series on constitutional rights with a screening of 13th, the Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated documentary.  Bishop John Selders will introduce the film and answer questions upon its completion.  The event will take place in the Library’s Lamb Room and is free. Read more

The 3rd annual New Canaan Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show to benefit the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society will be held on March 7th and 8th in the Historical Society’s main building at 13 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan.  An eclectic group of dealers will offer a wide selection of art and antique items. There will be paintings, prints, maps, silver, jewelry, watches, decorative pieces and much more. Read more

Lifelong New Canaan resident, Wilma Shaw Deicas, will share memories about growing up on her family’s dairy farm on March 10, at 11 am at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society. She will highlight stories from her book Life on a Dairy Farm in New Canaan, Connecticut. The book includes 25 photos beginning in 1902, and may be purchased exclusively at the Historical Society for $5 each. Read more

HAT MADNESS

Exhibition runs through March 8, 2020.
 
Tour of the Hat Exhibition  with Curator  Penny Havard:
 
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:

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

ANNUAL VALENTINES DAY TEA

February 14 at 1:00 pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society‘s tea. Enjoy tea, refreshments and a performance by The Town Players of New Canaan. Dressed in costumes from the 1940s, the actors will surround the microphone and perform a nostalgic routine from their Old-Time Radio Theater Live show that promises to bring romance back to life. Read more

WATCH AND DISCUSS THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY 13TH WITH BISHOP JOHN SELDERS

February 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and the New Canaan Library will host the third in their series on constitutional rights with a screening of 13th, the Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated documentary.  Bishop John Selders will introduce the film and answer questions upon its completion.  The event will take place in the Library’s Lamb Room and is free. Read more

3RD ANNUAL NEW CANAAN ART, ANTIQUE AND JEWELRY SHOW

March 7th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
March 8th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 3rd annual New Canaan Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show to benefit the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society will be held on March 7th and 8th in the Historical Society’s main building at 13 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan.  An eclectic group of dealers will offer a wide selection of art and antique items. There will be paintings, prints, maps, silver, jewelry, watches, decorative pieces and much more. Read more

WILMA SHAW DEICAS TO DISCUSS HER BOOK LIFE ON A DAIRY FARM IN NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT

March 10th, 11:00 am

Lifelong New Canaan resident, Wilma Shaw Deicas, will share memories about growing up on her family’s dairy farm on March 10, at 11 am at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society. She will highlight stories from her book Life on a Dairy Farm in New Canaan, Connecticut. The book includes 25 photos beginning in 1902, and may be purchased exclusively at the Historical Society for $5 each. Read more