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The Newtown Historical Society invites you to participate in creating a historical record of Newtown’s local experience dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Your contributions will be archived with those of other Newtowners and accessed in the future by scholars, townspeople, students and others who study and look back on this historic time in our modern life.

We have all been touched by COVID-19 in very different and personal ways. Children and parents, seniors and students, merchants, highly educated professionals...all creatively finding new ways to work and play safely. Every kind of individual and family has been forced to adopt new habits almost overnight.

Select the link below and enter your observations on the form that will appear. Don’t be concerned about style or grammar because the facts are what matter.

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Open House & Blacksmithing demo


September 27th, 2020
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Experienced blacksmith, Josh Reynolds, is coming to demonstrate and discuss how this craft isn’t just about hammering metal. It’s about knowing what the end results is supposed to be and how to manipulate the metal. He will be making some example 1800s hardware while sharing his knowledge of the process and art. This hobby turned into work and now Josh takes custom orders.

NOTICE: We are working hard to make sure our open houses and demonstrations are a safe place for our volunteers and visitors. Follow us to make sure you are notified of any changes that might be necessary, and note the following:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • All tours will be guided tours
  • As a limited number of visitors are able to be in the house at any given time, we may need to ask you to wait outside until space frees up.
  • Even if a demonstration is held outside, we do still ask that you remain 6 feet from other visitors and wear your mask.

Thank you for your understanding.


Candlelight Tour (Open House) & Ghost Walking Tour


October 17th, 2020
RAIN DATE: October 24th, 2020
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Registration is required for the ghost tour.

Find your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/newtown-historical-society-31201954413

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NOTICE: We are working hard to make sure our open houses and demonstrations are a safe place for our volunteers and visitors. Follow us to make sure you are notified of any changes that might be necessary, and note the following:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • All tours will be guided tours
  • As a limited number of visitors are able to be in the house at any given time, we may need to ask you to wait outside until space frees up.
  • Even if a demonstration is held outside, we do still ask that you remain 6 feet from other visitors and wear your mask.

Thank you for your understanding.


Spinning Wheel Demo & Open House


November 15th, 2020
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Have you ever wondered how yarn is made?  How does a spinning wheel work?  What is a drop spindle?  In this demonstration visitors will have the opportunity to observe techniques that have been used for centuries to create yarn.  Different fibers and the tools used to prepare them for spinning will be discussed.  Get a feel for what your ancestors had to do every day in order to clothe themselves and their families.

NOTICE: We are working hard to make sure our open houses and demonstrations are a safe place for our volunteers and visitors. Follow us to make sure you are notified of any changes that might be necessary, and note the following:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • All tours will be guided tours
  • As a limited number of visitors are able to be in the house at any given time, we may need to ask you to wait outside until space frees up.
  • Even if a demonstration is held outside, we do still ask that you remain 6 feet from other visitors and wear your mask.

Thank you for your understanding.