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Library & Resources

Whether you are looking for information on historic figures of New Canaan, property, rural cemeteries, a business or organization, Center School, town events, or architecture and antiques, the Museum’s Library is the place to go. With more than 3500 books, a digitized newspaper collection, and hundreds of subject files and vintage photographs, there is no shortage of resources to explore.

Museum Services

Librarian

The Library is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm. An appointment is strongly recommended.

The Librarian is available to answer questions or assist with research during those times. If you would like research done for you, please email Mike Murphy at mmurphy@nchistory.org. A research fee will apply.

The facilities at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society are available for rental.

Plaque Program

Do you live in an historic home? If you would like an historical report on your home, complete with information about past owners and an assessment of noteworthy architectural details, please contact us.

The fee is $450 plus the cost of a plaque.

Librarian

The Library is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm. An appointment is strongly recommended.

The Librarian is available to answer questions or assist with research during those times. If you would like research done for you, please email Mike Murphy at mmurphy@nchistory.org. A research fee will apply.

The facilities at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society are available for rental.

Plaque Program

Do you live in an historic home? If you would like an historical report on your home, complete with information about past owners and an assessment of noteworthy architectural details, please contact us.

The fee is $450 plus the cost of a plaque.

Records

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society holds biographical cards on New Canaan residents dating from the early 1700s, property files on houses by address, digitized collections of The New Canaan Advertiser, as well as its predecessor, The Messenger, the digitized collection of Early American Newspapers donated by Newsbank, as well as records from a number of New Canaan organizations.

It also has an extensive collection of books, articles and other materials relating to mid-century modern houses in New Canaan, including a comprehensive index of all houses that have since been demolished.

Digitized Newspapers

Thanks to a generous gift from Newsbank, the Museum has access to the local New canaan newspapers – the Messenger and the Advertiser – as well as Early American Newspapers, a collection of more than 30,000 papers from around the country.

Digitized Newspapers

Thanks to a generous gift from Newsbank, the Museum has access to the local New canaan newspapers – the Messenger and the Advertiser – as well as Early American Newspapers, a collection of more than 30,000 papers from around the country.

Records

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society holds biographical cards on New Canaan residents dating from the early 1700s, property files on houses by address, digitized collections of The New Canaan Advertiser, as well as its predecessor, The Messenger, the digitized collection of Early American Newspapers donated by Newsbank, as well as records from a number of New Canaan organizations.

It also has an extensive collection of books, articles and other materials relating to mid-century modern houses in New Canaan, including a comprehensive index of all houses that have since been demolished.

Digitized Newspapers

Thanks to a generous gift from Newsbank, the Museum has access to the local New canaan newspapers – the Messenger and the Advertiser – as well as Early American Newspapers, a collection of more than 30,000 papers from around the country.

New Canaan Historical Homes

Lists and records on New Canaan homes over 100 years old, Drummond Visitation homes, Landmark Homes, as well as the Historic District, are on file at the Museum.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture

A selection of significant New Canaan homes over 100 years old, Drummond Visitation homes, Landmark Homes, New Canaan Historic District homes, Silvermine Center Historic District homes have been preserved at the Museum.

Library

The Library has more than 3500 books relating to New Canaan history and genealogy, as well as books on architecture, art, clothing and textiles, and antiques. In addition, it contains scores of manuscripts, deeds, newspapers, photographs and other documents from as early as the Colonial era.

Library

The Library has more than 3500 books relating to New Canaan history and genealogy, as well as books on architecture, art, clothing and textiles, and antiques. In addition, it contains scores of manuscripts, deeds, newspapers, photographs and other documents from as early as the Colonial era.

Landmark Ornaments

The Landmark Ornaments commemorate New Canaan’s past and present buildings, as well as favorite institutions and family events such as caroling on God’s Acre. For more than forty years, a dedicated group of volunteers has made each one. Faith Kerchoff, who chairs the “Crafty Tuesday” group of artisans designs the set of ornaments each year. The thought, care and work that goes into the process is astounding. The uniformity seems impossible for something hand-painted, and yet each is perfect. The Museum is the grateful recipient of both the annual additions to its tree as well as the proceeds from all the ornament sales.

Thanks to the Crafty Tuesday group, including: Faith Kerchoff, John Kerchoff, Judy Gilroy, Yvonne Hunkeler, Tracey Karl, Anna Kolikowski, Toni-Ann Vittoria, Gunilla Lawrie, Tucker Murphy, Rosa Palladino, Charill Pierce, and Judy Wiley.

Ornaments are $20 a piece. Both current year and past years are available for sale in the Town House.