Local History On Tap: New This Week
Fall Membership Drive has begun!
May we count on you to stand with us?
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
If you prefer, you may mail a check to:
Ridgefield Historical Society
4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield, CT 06877
We are delighted to announce an award from the CT Humanities Quick Grants program in addition to other recent grants from the Anne S. Richardson Fund, the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, CARES Act Humanities Relief grant through the CT Humanities, and Fairfield County Bank. Thank you!
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
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We hope you have been enjoying the new and varied content we have been presenting each week!
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- 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.
Examples of Images Submitted to the COVID-19 Archival Project:
Thanks for visiting our website and staying connected with us and local history.
Jack Sanders talks about school days at the Peter Parley Schoolhouse on West Lane and points out some of the unique features of the one-room school and its furnishings.
Pam Stoddard explains how a very hands-on, people-oriented organization, where interaction is key, has adapted to the realities of social distancing. As she explains, artists are “creative people” and the Guild has come up with some new ways to keep moving forward. There are more challenges ahead as Ridgefield heads into fall and winter, but the Guild of Artists members are continuing to work and express their artistic vision.
Enjoy even more virtual programming from recent weeks! Click a link below.
- Documenting COVID-19
- Inside the Exhibit: Votes for Women
- 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: Ballard Greenhouse; Anne S. Richardson and her estate and gardens