Grand Opening of Norwalk Historical Society’s New Exhibit: Norwalk’s Changing Communities 13,000BC – 1835

Explore the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities 13,000BC – 1835” in the old town meeting house at Mill Hill Historic Park at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exhibition was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.

This is a free event, open to the public. To allow for social distancing, please register for a self-guided tour time slot at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/norwalks-changing-communities-exhibition-grand-opening-tickets-194423264217
Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Please make note of the visitor guidelines on the registration page.

“Norwalk’s Changing Communities 13,000 BC – 1835”, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox, explores the area’s history from the end of the Ice Age in 10,000 BC through 1835. This comprehensive, interactive exhibition is family friendly with hands-on activities and games. Learn about the arrival of the first people of Norwalk, the Indigenous People, their contact with the Europeans and the development of Norwalk during the 17th and 18th centuries as well as during the dawn of the industrial age. Discover how community, work, and home changed over this period and how the people who lived in Norwalk adapted to those changes.

Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site only. Follow blue parking signs to general parking across the street at the HSC building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street.

About the Curator: Elizabeth Fox has assisted clients with institutional assessments and planning, collection assessment, and exhibition planning and implementation.  Prior to forming her consulting company in 1997, she worked at the Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut Landmarks, Wadsworth Atheneum and The Connecticut Historical Society. Her projects have won awards from the Connecticut Humanities, Association for the Study of Connecticut History, Connecticut League of History Organizations and the Association for the Study of State and Local History. The Connecticut League of History Organizations selected her to present several full-day workshops on curatorship and collection care and management and she has mentored twelve museums under the StEPS-CT program of the Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League. In addition to project management, she has been successful in assisting institutions as they seek the necessary funding to implement their projects.  She served as a Peer Advisor, Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism and chaired the Cheshire Historic District Commission. She sat on the Board of the Connecticut League of History Organizations for six years. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Art History from Tulane University.

The Norwalk Historical Society was incorporated in 1899 with the focus on “the research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.” Through a wide variety of educational exhibits, programs and lectures, Norwalk’s rich history and diversity in the region is highlighted. The Norwalk Historical Society manages and operates the Norwalk Historical Society Museum and Mill Hill Historic Park. For more information on the Norwalk Historical Society visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.

The Norwalk Historical Commission oversees four city cemeteries, various collections and archives of the Norwalk Museum, and nine historic properties owned by the City of Norwalk. Historical Commission members are appointed for five-year terms on a revolving basis by the Mayor and are approved by the Common Council of Norwalk. Learn more at: www.norwalkct.org/285/Historical-Commission.


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