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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: Social Media Coordinator, 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 Building of the Stevenson Dam” by John Babina

Postponed - Date TBD


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

Postponed - Rescheduled for Nov 15th


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”

Postponed - Date TBD


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

 


Open House & Blacksmithing demo

Postponed - Recheduled for Sept 20th


May 17th, 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.


Summer History Week


July 13th - 17th, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(2 Sessions)
Matthew Curtiss House Museum

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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Open House & Blacksmithing demo


September 20th, 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.


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.