The Newtown Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, receives no local, state or federal government support. We rely on financial support from individuals' donations and bequests, annual fund raisers such as our antiques show, house and garden tour and appraisals day as well as publication sales to generate the income needed to fund our activities and maintain the Matthew Curtiss house museum.
The Society is a group of individuals who share an interest in the history of Newtown. It is dedicated to the discovery and preservation of documents, artifacts and historical images that inform of Newtown's evolution to the distinct community it has become today. It is also dedicated to education, that is the dissemination of the information that it collects and archives to the citizens of Newtown and others who share an interest in our town. To do this the society offers frequent programs on various historical subjects, publishes a periodic newsletter, and publishes occasional pamphlets and books on Newtown subjects.
We strive to fulfill our mission in many ways. A primary focus of the society is growing collections of photographs, postcards, genealogies, stories and other materials which document the past of our town, and preserving artifacts relating to the culture of Newtown for the education and enjoyment of current and future residents. Much of our collection is housed in the C.H. Booth Library.
From September through June we present regular programs on varied historical subjects as well as sponsor other events such as living history demonstrations and colonial life workshops for children. In July we offer a one week summer history camp to give Newtown children the chance to learn some historic skills and experience what colonial life was like in the 1750s. The Society also publishes a number of books on local history and members are kept abreast of all activities through our newsletter, The Roosters Crow, published five times a year.