Volunteer Opportunities

The Newtown Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Newtown's history through programs, events, and the maintenance of the Matthew Curtiss House Museum and Little Red Schoolhouse.

We currently need volunteers for the following positions: Secretary, Bookkeeper, Fundraiser Committee Chair, and Docents

If interested or you just want more information, please contact Barbara Wilson at bkwilsonhistory@yahoo.com or call 203-952-5516.

Upcoming Events

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Summer History Week

July 15th - 19th, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM &
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

This unique camp is designed for children ages 8, 9 & 10 and each session is limited to 12 campers to guarantee a rich, hands-on experience. Cost is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Please contact Gordon Williams for further information or to register at 203-405-6392.

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Early American Portraiture: From Folk Art to Fine Art

July 24th, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 PM
C.H. Booth Library Meeting Room
25 Main Street, Newtown

ArtScapades will give background on what was happening at the time in European portraiture, information on the rise of the middle class in America, adn the importance of art to document history before the invention of photography. ArtScapades details the lives and works of well-known fine artists John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart. Lesser known but also very important to the development of portraiture in America, ArtScapades will focus on two Early American Folk Artists, Ammi Phillips and Erastus Salisbury Field. Wine and chese. Please register at: www.chboothlibrary.org

Open House & Clock Restoration demo

September 15th, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

We’re turning back time with Jerry Valenta! Jerry moved to Newtown in 1984 and operated a clock repair/restoration business in Sandy Hook for many years. He was part of a volunteer group that restored and maintained the Edmond Town Hall clock system for nearly 15 years. A resident of Florida since 2005, he spends his summers in Woodbury but continues to restore clocks and is a long-time member of the NHS.

Open House at the Little Red School House

October 13th, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Middle Gate School Grounds
7 Cold Spring Rd, Newtown

Come tour the Little Red School House and see how students of years past spent their school days. Docents will be available to show you around and answer questions inside the school building. Colonial games will be available for participation outside. This is a family friendly event, so all ages are invited to participate. Event is rain or shine. In the case of rain, inside games will be available.

Holiday Open House with Special Guest Tenor Tim McKee

December 8th, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Come enjoy our holiday open house while being entertained by the voice of tenor, Tim McKee. Tim has been serenading audiences worldwide. He provides "Singing Telephone grams", Master of Ceremonies, and is a Special Event Soloist. He also offers classes, workshops and master classes in: acting, vocal coaching, improvisation and other subjects as well as hosts at home improv parties.

Tim grew up in Ridgefield and after away for almost Twenty years he’s now back and loves living in his home state of Connecticut. Being in the entertainment business for over 35 years; He’s studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and with Susan Batson at "Susan Batson Studio NYC".