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Norwalk Historic Society opens exhibit

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk announcement for you:

“Norwalk’s Changing Communities from 13,000 BC to 1835” is a new family friendly interactive exhibition opening Sunday Nov. 7 1-4 p.m. at Mill Hill Park Town House, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, according to a news release from sponsor Norwalk Historical Society. Attendees can engage in activities and games while learning about Norwalk’s original inhabitants, European settlers’ subsequent arrival, the area’s development during the 17th and 18th centuries, and the dawn of the industrial age.

Admission is free, with timed entry every 30 minutes.  Tickets are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/norwalks-changing-communities-exhibition-grand-opening-tickets-194423264217?aff=eand.

Partial funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.
The exhibit will be up for years, though a schedule is not set.

“This exhibition complements the teaching we do with the Little Red Schoolhouse program for in-person visits with the students,” Norwalk Historic Society Executive Director Diane Jellerette said. “We have been doing the Little Red Schoolhouse program virtually since the pandemic started last year.  Concentrating on the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Governor Fitch Law Office.”

2 comments

Fitch ,A November 5, 2021 at 10:30 am

Why did Norwalk approve building on Historic Gravesite where they had the Slaves Hidden in cellar on Elmwood Avenue ? There was a Huge Mansion at that location until 1939 owned by the Army Then a huge Fire took it down. The Front Buildings was still standing until 2007 when it was sold and destroyed and most Hideous structure erected…Ahhh forgot Greed Now it is Low Income subsidized by HUD at an un Godly Amount of Taxpayer Dollar’s Rent! But we can afford to drive 37 G Vehicles. and Food delivered thru Catholic Charities? A descendant of Governor Fitch

Alex Knopp November 5, 2021 at 3:04 pm

This is an excellent exhibition. I was impressed because it provided me with well-illustrated detailed education about two aspects of Norwalk’s history in particular that I was not well-informed about previously: the timetable for the geological forces that produced today’s land and water features; and the history of slavery in Norwalk. The inter-active exhibits should help younger students access the hands-on exhibits. Thanks to the Norwalk Historical Society and its ED, Diane Jellerette, and to the City’s Historical Commission, including current chair David Westmoreland and former chair Gail Wall, for imagining and bringing this exhibition into existence!

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