Historical Society Celebrates New Canaan Fire Company, No. 1 with Exhibition and Antique Fire Truck Display

Mike Tiani, Historian for the New Canaan Fire Company, curates a special exhibition in honor of Fire Prevention Awareness Month at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society. The show opens Saturday, October 5. Antique Fire Trucks will be on display from 10 am– 12 pm. Chronicling 140 years of the Fire Company’s history, the exhibition includes photographs, memorabilia, medals, uniforms and other artifacts. It celebrates the volunteers and explores the central role they played, and continue to play, in the fabric of this community.

Conversation between Artist Torrance York and Art Historian Arianne Faber Kolb, PhD, at Gores Pavilion, October 3rd. Closing reception, October 18th.

Torrance York will talk about her work in conversation with Art Historian and Independent Curator, Arianne Faber Kolb, PhD, on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 pm at Gores Pavilion in Irwin Park, New Canaan, CT. The discussion will focus on York’s current solo exhibition, Common Ground: Irwin, that includes twelve landscape photographs created in Irwin Park over the past 4 years. The exhibit will be on display in the Gores Pavilion in Irwin Park until November 3, 2019. A closing reception will be held on Friday, October 18th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The Gores Pavilion is open Friday-Sunday 11 am – 3 pm, or by appointment.

New Canaan History Day

The inaugural New Canaan History Day celebration will take place on Sunday, September 29, from 2:00- 4:00 pm on the grounds of the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society. Museum buildings will be open with knowledgeable docents in the Hearth and Craft rooms of the Hanford-Silliman House, the Tool Museum, Rock School and Cody Pharmacy. See the Acorn Printing Press in action and enjoy family friendly activities, including making corn husk dolls, lemonade and butter. Games—hoop rolling, hop scotch and more—will be run by the Service League of Boys. Old-fashioned snacks and vintage toys will be available for purchase.

Little Red Schoolhouse Open House Saturday, September 21 1 – 3 pm

A beloved piece of New Canaan history, the Little Red Schoolhouse at 211 Carter Street, will open its doors to the town on Saturday, September 21, from 1 – 3 pm. Inside you’ll see a wood burning stove, maps dating back to 1898, Silvermine artist Justin Gruelle’s magnificent WPA paintings of Aesop’s Fables, original text books and much more. Former students Ruth Kelley and Steve Gravereaux will be on hand to guide tours and answer questions. The Little Red Schoolhouse was the last of 11 one room schoolhouses in New Canaan. It was built c.1865 and operated continuously until the retirement of its last teacher Miss Mary Kelley in 1957.

The Mystique of Shoes Luncheon

In conjunction with the Shoes exhibition now open at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, The Mystique of Shoes luncheon with design director and author Linda O’Keeffe will be held June 20th, 12 – 2 pm. O’Keeffe has been championing design for more than three decades, most notable during the sixteen years she spent as creative director for Metropolitan Home. She now writes for a variety of magazines. Her book Shoes is in its 25th edition, and will be available for sale and signing at $14 each. Guests are invited to bring a special shoe to share with a story.