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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: Docents, History Camp Publicist, and House & Garden Tour Docent Coordinator

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

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February 2019

No February Program due to Winter Break


A Nation of Immigrants


March 10th, 2019
2:00 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

While we have become used to controversies surrounding immigration in recent years, these feelings are nothing new. The United States has often been called a “nation of immigrants,” but our history is more complicated than that. The nation has had a love-hate relationship throughout its history and in this lecture Kevin Jennings will provide some historical context for today’s debates over immigration, tracing how American attitudes and policies towards immigrants have fluctuated since even before the founding of the United States.

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Open House at the Matthew Curtiss House Museum


March 17th, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Step back in time with a tour of Newtown’s very own house museum. Being built in the mid-1700s, the house witnessed, as a private residence, more than 250 years of Newtown’s history.


“From Gibson Girl to Flappers” by Mallory Huron


April 8th, 2019
7:30 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

How has World War I evolved the confining, romantic fashion of the Edwardian Era into the loose carefree fashions of the 1920s? Historical fashion enthusiast Mallory Huron takes you on a journey of women’s fashion through three tumultuous decades, and how these designs continue to influence our clothes today.


Open House @ Matthew Curtiss House Museum/Calligraphy Workshop


April 28, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House
44 Main Street, Newtown

The Matthew Curtiss House Museum Open House demonstration will feature Judith Barbour Osborne. Judith has been a calligrapher for over 40 years. This hands-on experience will give the participant a good introduction to lettering in the popular Italic style. You will also learn about the characteristics of Colonial-era lettering and how it fits into the history of calligraphy. Supplies will be available for the workshop.


“Transatlantic Airships” by Jason Scapputicci


May 6th, 2019
7:30 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

Many of the general public is familiar with only one airship, the Hindenburg. However, there is a rich and fascinating history of attempts and schemes to cross the Atlantic Ocean with airships. Through pictures and lecture come learn about this interesting and largely forgotten history.


Open House at the Matthew Curtiss House Museum


May 19th, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Step back in time with a tour of Newtown’s very own house museum. Being built in the mid-1700s, the house witnessed, as a private residence, more than 250 years of Newtown’s history.