As the end of the year quickly approaches, we can’t thank you enough for your commitment during this trying and difficult time. We are proud to have stayed engaged with our community by:
- Posting over 110 online programs available 24/7 on our website and YouTube
- Implementing a two-year battlefield research and stewardship grant
- Creating a COVID-19 archive with testimonials from our friends and neighbors
- Offering our first-ever virtual paid summer intern program
- Presenting multiple new offerings each and every week
Please consider supporting our Annual Fund or renewing your membership. Your tax-deductible contribution means so much. THANK YOU!
- President's Message
We have elected our new Executive Board and Officers for the 2020-2022 term. I am honored to introduce myself and grateful for the opportunity to help further the Ridgefield Historical Society’s mission.
The Society’s Nominating Committee worked arduously this summer to both identify areas to support our continued growth and to better apply various skills of our existing talented Board members. We are overjoyed to welcome new members with superb experience and insight and to congratulate those taking on new roles.
I would like to recognize our outgoing president, Sara Champion, who took the reins in March to complete the term of former president Sharon Dunphy. We are extremely grateful to Sara for her dedication and commitment to the board. Taking on a leadership role during a pandemic was no easy feat. Under Sara’s guidance, we were able to successfully continue our efforts during a very turbulent time.
Fortunately we have plenty to keep us busy this fall. Thanks to the sizable grants the Society received from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program and the Anne S. Richardson Fund, we have kicked off the first phase of our planning. To administer the National Park Service grant, we have formed a Battlefield Advisory group whose first task is to hire researchers for the project. Meanwhile, Richardson funding will support the continued outfitting of the Society’s state-of-the-art vault with sliding-shelf storage units and acid-free preservation materials.
Also this October—with the support of the CT Humanities and the excellent work of our summer interns—we have launched the Main Street Architecture walking tour through the ConnTours app. Uncover the architectural roots that make Ridgefield’s main street what it is today—at your leisure!
We hope you enjoy our ongoing virtual programs and weekly eblasts. Stay well, stay tuned, and thank you for your continued support. I look forward to serving the Ridgefield Historical Society to the best of my ability.
Our two sites, the David Scott House and the Peter Parley Schoolhouse, will remain closed for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, this page will continue to 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
- Connect with us!
We hope you have been enjoying the new and varied content we have been presenting each week!
Please consider supporting us:
- Join as a member
- Renew your membership
- Make a donation
- Stay in Touch Via Postcards and Help the Historical Society
- 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.
Thanks for visiting our website and staying connected with us and local history.
Local History On Tap: New This Week
November 6 - January 1, 2020 – All Day
LEGO® Sculpture Contest Now Open
Celebrate the scenic history and architecture of Ridgefield! Use your imagination and ingenuity to build a LEGO® sculpture representing one of the town’s historic sites. Win prizes! Kids under 18 are FREE. Register and upload images by January 1, 2021.
December 8, 2020 – 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar: Living Their Enemies, Dying Their Guests: Four Revolutionary Soldier Burials
Join us for a Live Zoom Webinar with Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, when he will discuss the history, discovery, and excavation of the burials found last December and give an update on the forensic analysis currently underway.
Thomas Main, Head of School, explains how Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschools faced the Covid-19 pandemic with resolve and extensive planning, so that after a spring of remote learning all of the students could be offered on-campus school. Mr. Main talks about how the first 12 weeks of the fall have gone.
Dr. Darla Shaw portrays internationally renowned opera singer Edwina Eustis Dick who lived in Ridgefield for 30 years. Eustis Lane is named after Edwina’s family.
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.
Kate Mozier-Tichy, a Masters candidate in Information and Library Sciences at Southern CT State University, tells us about the Ramapo Village Indians and answers the questions: who were they, and what happened to them?
Scott House Journal, October 2020
Topics: Voting in Ridgefield; Message from our new president; Dear Luke: an Irish Immigrant Experience
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.
This slideshow features archived photos of dogs with their humans doing all sorts of mundane and unusual activities — taking a canoe ride, performing in a high school play, and admiring an antique clock.
Enjoy even more virtual programming from recent weeks! Click a link below.
- Ridgefield and Fairfield County’s Native Populations
- Connecticut Relic Hunters
- Documenting COVID-19
- Inside the Exhibit series:
- Change Agents: Ridgefield Women to Be Remembered
- Tours of the Peter Parley Schoolhouse
- Racism in the 20th Century in Ridgefield
- Uncle Ned’s Mountain: An Underground Railroad Station & Home of Civil War Soldiers
- Historical Nuggets
- Battle of Ridgefield Archaeology Updates
- Scott House Journal, April 2020
- Oral History Project
- Treasures from the Archives
- Lectures by Terry McManus: