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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.

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Open House & Beekeeping Demo


May 23rd, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

In this Matthew Curtiss House Museum open house and demonstration Bee Commerce owner, Leslie Huston, will talk all about beekeeping history and how it plays a role in today’s world. Leslie will have a skep and other accoutrements, past and present. As well as an observation hive with live bees enclosed in a glass-sided mini-hive. Come learn what the buzz is all about!

Bee-Commerce’s goal is to bring helpful guidance and top-quality equipment to the hobbyist and back-yard beekeeper. Visit them online at https://www.bee-commerce.com/ or in-person 160A Sugar st. in Newtown.

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.


Open House & Life in the CT Woods Demo


June 27th, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Join in with Algonkian living historian, Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU “Black Corn”) in this unique demonstration. Examine the ways in which the lives of European settlers making their way inland from the coast and their Native American neighbors began to change during the wild days of the Connecticut frontier. Contrast trade artifacts such as axes, a flintlock musket, metal knives, blankets, jewelry (glass beads and earrings), clay pipes and metal scraps with traditional items made from stone, bone, wood and shell. Learn the social, spiritual and economic importance of wampum and its role in relations between settlers and Natives.

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.


Summer History Week


July 12th - 16th, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
(1 Session)
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

This unique camp is designed for children ages 8, 9 & 10 and 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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