Ridgefield Historical Society — Ridgefield, CT

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Scott House COVID-19 policy: If vaccinated, no mask is required. If unvaccinated, you must wear a mask to enter and throughout your visit.

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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.

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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

Events

Exhibit: Looking Back: One Hundred Years at Ridgefield High School June 1 - July 30, 2021 – 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This exhibit looks back at 100 years of class photos starting with the 1919 graduating class of the formerly named Alexander Hamilton High School. Yearbooks, a 1944 banner, senior class trip photos, and graduation invitations from our archives are included in the Town Hall display.

Peter Parley Schoolhouse opens on Sunday, June 27 from 1 to 4 pm June 27, 2021 – 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Peter Parley Schoolhouse will be open to visitors for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, June 27 from 1 to 4 pm. It will welcome visits on the last Sunday afternoon of each month through October. Jack and Sally Sanders will be on hand to welcome guests and answer questions.

Online Lecture by Ed Hynes: The Writing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, September 12-13, 1814 July 1, 2021 – 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hear about how during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key and two other Americans were detained on British war ships in Baltimore Harbor while they ferociously bombarded Ft. McHenry. What circumstances conspired to have the captives use the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air to give them proof through the night that our flag was still there. 

Now Online

Virtual Programs
0 The News of Ridgefield, Episode Three

Taking inspiration from the film News of the World featured in our upcoming fundraising event on May 30, board member Sally Sanders reads “Lost on the Plains: A Child Eighteen Hours Among Snapping and Growling Wolves” from the January 1876 edition of The Ridgefield Press.

Virtual Programs
0 The News of Ridgefield, Episode Two

Taking inspiration from the film News of the World featured in our upcoming fundraising event on May 30, our wonderful volunteer Garrett Breslin will read an excerpt from an article about his ancestors in the June 4, 1959 edition of The Ridgefield Press.

Virtual Programs
0 The 1777 Danbury Raid and the Battle of Ridgefield

RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE!
This webinar with Ed Hynes includes an extensive Q&A with participants, and a downloadable PDF of his slide show.
This presentation begins on April 25, 1777, when the British land at Compo Beach, march through Redding to Danbury, and return to the shore through Ridgefield and Wilton. Learn about the main encounters that took place in Danbury and Ridgefield and the roles key historical figures played in the Raid and Battle.

Virtual Programs
0 The News of Ridgefield, Episode One

Taking inspiration from the film News of the World featured in our upcoming fundraising event on May 30, our own Monica McMorran will read news briefs from the August 1875 edition of The Ridgefield Press, then called Baxter’s Monthly after its founder D. Crosby Baxter.

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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.