Ridgefield Historical Society — Ridgefield, CT


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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.

Click here to contribute to our COVID-19 Archival project.

You can read more about the project and watch introductory and example videos on the Documenting Ridgefield’s Response to COVID-19 page.

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Local History On Tap: New This Week


Exhibit: LEGO® Sculpture Contest at Town Hall February 5 - March 31, 2021 – All Day

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first annual LEGO® Sculpture Contest. Team Zides, pictured left, took 1st place in the Mixed Age Category for St. Stephen’s Church. All entries will be on view at Ridgefield Town Hall in the front lobby exhibit cases from February 5 through March 31.

Live Webinar: Deemed a Runaway: Black Laws of the North with genealogist Judy Russell March 21, 2021 – 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this hour-long presentation, Judy Russell will discuss how slavery’s force was felt not only in the south but far north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Slavery persisted in the north until 1804, and many northern states opted for a combination of gradual emancipation and restrictive laws. These Black Laws of the northern states created valuable records for tracing African-American families.

Now Online

0 Webinar: The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing presented by author Libby Copeland

This webinar recording explores the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. It draws on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.”

Virtual Programs
0 Virtual Tour: The Peter Parley Schoolhouse, Part IV

Find out how the Schoolhouse operated during the fall and winter seasons. Who attended classes, and how was the school heated? Jack Sanders will read the first pages of two 19th Century history books West Lane students might have used, one by Charles A. Goodrich and one by his brother, Samuel G. Goodrich (as Peter Parley), who both attended the one-room school.

Virtual Programs
0 ConnTours Walking Tour: Main Street Architecture

Whether you notice it or not, Ridgefield’s history is illuminated by the very buildings that comprise the town. This tour seeks to explore prominent architectural styles in their historical context, as well as to highlight the colorful individuals who built and inhabited these living relics.