Local History On Tap: New This Week
While we are temporarily closed, this page will be updated with new content every week.
“Ridgefield Historical Society has a great story to tell about our state’s role in the American Revolution – one that anchors the founding values and ideals of our Nation in local action and honors the sacrifice citizens made to uphold their inalienable rights. It’s a story from 1777 that still resonates today. We are proud of Ridgefield Historical Society’s commitment to making our history relevant and we will continue to advocate for organizations and projects that engage public interest, foster dialog among our citizens, and enrich our understanding of the human experience.”– Dr. Jason Mancini, Executive Director, CT Humanities
In the video below, emeritus state archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni gives an update on the skeletal remains found in Ridgefield late last year and announces the significance of the Historical Society’s recent grant award from the National Park Service: American Battlefield Protection program!
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Please also consider contributing to our COVID-19 Archives.
- COVID-19 Archival Project
Local residents, parents, and kids can all help us to preserve the history of the current pandemic by sending us photographs, artwork, personal reflections, stories, letters and more. These items, if appropriate, will be stored in our archives and made available to future researchers and visitors to our collection.
You can read more about the project and watch introductory and example videos on the Documenting Ridgefield’s Response to COVID-19 page.
Examples of Images Submitted to the COVID-19 Archival Project:
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Dean Miller, Chair of Ridgefield’s Meals on Wheels, shares his organization’s experiences during the pandemic.
In this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw portrays suffragist Elsie Hill, who lived just over the border in Redding.
Gerri Lewis, Public Information Officer for the Town of Ridgefield’s Office of Emergency Management, shares her experiences.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi shares his experiences of having COVID-19 and being the leader of our town during this pandemic.
Sets of postcard scenes of “Old Ridgefield” by Jack Sanders are being offered for sale to benefit the Ridgefield Historical Society.
In part two of this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw talks about Mary Louise Olcott who lived at the northern end of Main Street.
In part one of this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Laura Curie Allee Shields who lived on the southern end of Main Street.
In this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw will portray Cora Weir, youngest daughter of impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir.
Terry McManus gives part two of a two-part presentation about Anne S. Richardson and Anne’s Ridgefield estate and gardens.
This week view Panel 6, The National Movement: Two Different Roads and Panel 7, Great Change Must Expect Opposition by artist Bil Mikulewicz.
In this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw takes on the role of Anne S. Richardson, philanthropist and conservationist.
In this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw takes on the role of Mabel Cleves, an early education specialist.
The African American suffrage movement, and folk music.
We speak with Terry McManus, archivist, historian, and creator of the beautifully illustrated A History of Ballard Greenhouse and the Garden and Conservation Trust.