Historical Societies within 20 miles of UConn Stamford

Stamford Historical Society – The website for the Stamford Historical Society provides visitors with links to pages about the history of Stamford, research collections, exhibits and photo collections. The following link provides information for students and individuals to use the Marcus Research Library which contains over 7,800 newspapers, periodicals and books. A link for the online inventory collection of documents pertaining to the history of the League of Women Voters of Stamford can also be found on the society’s website. Information about the digitalized collection of Whitman Bailey’s drawings from the Stamford Advocate can also be found.

Greenwich Historical Society – The Greenwich Historical Society has been dedicated to collecting and preserving its town’s history since 1931. They have operated out of the Bush Holley Historic Site and have created an online catalogue of the contents of their library. The society’s current exhibit is called “Everyday Heroes: Greenwich First Responders. Upcoming exhibits include A Good Light: The Artists Studio in Cos Cob and Beyond. The Society encourages individuals to visit the historic Bush Holley site where two time periods are depicted, the New Nation (1790-1825) and the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1920).

Westchester County Historical Society – The Westchester County Historical Society’s website contains valuable information about their extensive library on local history as well as digital archives. The society’s library is open for reading and researching along with the help of trained volunteers and professionals. The website also contains digital archives of the following; the Civil War Era in Westchester, the Bronx River Parkway Reservation HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), Historical Treasures of Westchester County and The Hudson River: A Voyage Through Time.

Fairfield Historical Society – The Fairfield Historical Society displays many interesting exhibits through the year. Currently there is an exhibit entitled Inside Bridgeport’s Theatres and contains pictures of the vibrant theatre life the town once contained. The museum also contains an ongoing exhibit of Fairfield History. The society’s website contains extensive information on local history sources. The Fairfield Museum and History Center’s library attracts visitors from all over the country due to the vast number of primary sources they have. The website also features a selection of digitalized sources on topics such as the burning of Fairfield, Connecticut history, local history and a photography collection.

Norwalk Historical Society – The Norwalk Historical Society was founded in the late 1800’s to preserve the history of the town. Today the website provides information about the Norwalk Museum as well as Mill Hill, a collection of three historic properties that have been preserved. Various events take place year round at those historic sites and information can be found here, http://norwalkhistoricalsociety.org/mill-hill-historic-park/ The society’s website also includes information about resources and research which is partnered with the Norwalk Public Library. While the Norwalk Museum does not have a website yet, more information about exhibits and events can be found here, http://www.norwalkct.org/index.aspx?NID=692.

Westport Historical Society – The Westport Historical Society’s website is full of information about accessing the town’s history. By organizing various events and exhibits the society has been able to preserve the town’s extensive history. A sampling of past exhibits include, “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”, “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists” and “The British are Coming.” The society has also done research and held exhibits about women of Westport and the Westport Young Women’s League. The Westport Historical Society also maintains a library and archival collection which is open to the public upon request. The collection contains original papers, documents, house histories and family histories as well as books and maps.

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