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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: 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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“The Allied Invasion of Normandy” by John Cilio


November 12th, 2019
7:30 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

Join John Cilio and learn about one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century – the Normandy Invasion of WWII. The invasion began on June 5th with nighttime paratroopers converging on the French countryside followed by squadrons of gliders, numerous ships and Allied ground troops supported by nearly 300,000 naval personal. It was a vast international military operation that succeeded against the odds and one which called for human endeavor on a heroic scale.

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Open House & Antique Tools demo


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

Join local antique collectors Tom Vaughn and Matt Malley to experience what it was like to work with tools from the colonial era through the early 20 th century. From joinery tools, cabinetry, hewing beams and more! Come see how these household items have changed through the years.


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".

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Member’s Holiday Cocktail Party


December 8th, 2019
4:30 PM
Matthew Curtiss House Museum
44 Main Street, Newtown

Feel free to bring your spouse or significant other for some good conversation and holiday cheer. The more the merrier! Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Finger food is preferred.


“Hamilton: Misery, Money and the Musical that Made Him Famous” by Raymond Sullivan


January 12th, 2020
2:00 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

Raymond Sullivan will play short clips from the record-breaking Broadway Musical and expound on the History behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Dramatic Lyrics, which introduced our first Secretary of the Treasury to so many, who never really knew of his outstanding accomplishments.


“First Ladies in Adventure, Glamor, Guts and Gumption” by Mariann Millard


March 8th, 2020
2:00 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

Mariann Millard will educate and entertain participants about the personalities and adventures of the women who became the First Ladies of the United States. Millard will use personal anecdotes from her time as a Licensed DC Guide leading tours in DC to enhance the First Lady experience


Open House


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

Step back in time with costumed doscents for 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.


“The Building of the Stevenson Dam” by John Babina


April 13th, 2020
7:30 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown

We are pleased to have John Babina speak to us on the Stevenson Dam, celebrating 100 years this year. This giant structure, had as many as 800 men working around the clock in shifts to contstruct the dam. It boasted a dining room whicch could seat 300 and there was always a doctor present in case of an accident. When complete this state of the art construction which John will detail created Lake Zoar which covered about 1500 acres and greatly impacted the surrounding communities. As soon as it was completed in 1919, power began being generated. It is truely an engineering marvel.


Spinning Wheel Demo & Open House


April 19th, 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.


“The History of Beer”


May 11th, 2020
7:30 PM
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street, Newtown