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.

© Pedro E. Guerrero Archive, courtesy Edward Cella Art + Architecture

2018 NEW CANAAN ORNAMENTS ON SALE NOW!

PEDRO E. GUERRERO: THE PHOTOGRAPHER OF MID-CENTURY NEW CANAAN

The exhibit will run through December 21

CINEMA CLASSICS: MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE

November 14th Showings at 11 am, 2 pm and 6 pm

The new limited edition 2018 New Canaan Ornaments have arrived! They include: Baskin Robins, 25 years; New Canaan Land Trust, 50 years, Silvermine Fowler Preserve; Silvermine Tavern, 1859-2009 c.1799; Town Hall Renovation, 2016; and the Wayside Cross, God’s Acre c.1923. These ornaments make the perfect holiday gift. Read more

The exhibition includes 35 of Guerrero’s black and white photos, many depicting the architecture for which the town is famous, and will coincide with the Society’s much anticipated Modern House Day Tour on Oct. 20. A second gallery will be devoted to the life of Guerrero and his family in New Canaan during some of the town’s most tumultuous — and interesting — years. Read more

The New Canaan Historical Society is proud to present its first day – and night – at the movies. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House will be shown at 11 am, 2 pm and 6 pm in the Lindstrom Room. This 1948 romantic comedy centers on a couple who decide they are finally ready to build the perfect suburban home. It stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas and runs an hour and thirty-four minutes. Read more