Norwich Historical Society's Advocacy Efforts

The Norwich Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote the rich history of Norwich, CT. One of the ways we carry out our mission is by advocating for the preservation of our historic resources. Advocating for the historic preservation of Norwich’s past is a core organizational priority and will ensure that the community’s fragile antiquity is saved for posterity. NHS will help share and preserve Norwich’s rich history through education, information, and advocacy. NHS hopes to be known and recognized throughout the city as an advocate for historic preservation and as a leader in promoting heritage tourism whose efforts help to celebrate local history while bringing people and organizations together.

Historic Preservation has numerous economic benefits, such as increasing property values, improving resident’s quality of life, enhancing heritage tourism within a community, and encouraging downtown revitalization. Further, adaptive reuse of a historic structure is more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Historic Preservation attracts investment, enhances arts and culture across the region, and contributes to economic development. By collaborating with community stakeholders and city leaders, the Norwich Historical Society prides itself on being a leader in advocating for Norwich’s historic assets and encouraging Historic Preservation within the city.

Current Advocacy Efforts

Pease Calkins House
Pease-Calkins House
Calkins House circa 1982
Calkins House circa 1982
232 W. Town Street, Norwich

Pease-Calkins House

Big news! The Calkins Family Association (CFA) has purchased the Pease-Calkins House located at 232 West Town Street! The Pease-Calkins House is one of the few houses remaining in Norwich with connections to the original European settlers of the town. The house may date to the late seventeenth-early eighteenth century and is located at the western boundary of the original town plot.

The Norwich Historical Society and Preservation Connecticut will be a resource for the Calkins Family Association to help bring the home back to its original structure. The Calkins Family Association is excited to preserve an important architectural landmark in Norwich, which has strong connections to their family heritage and Norwich’s rich history.

The Calkins Family Association is seeking donations to help offset acquisition expenses and begin the restoration of the home. Every dollar donated counts. Could you donate $16.59 or more? The Calkins Family Association’s 501 (c) (3) status is pending, so they can issue you a tax-deductible receipt.

Questions? Please email Nanette: or call 928-282-3675. Donations can be made by sending a check payable to CFA treasurer: Maggie Calkins, 3345 N. Park Blvd. Cleveland Hts. OH 44118. Or you can contribute via their GoFundMe campaign.

The Norwich Historical Society is so pleased that this historic house is being restored!

For more information about this preservation effort, read a recent article about the restoration efforts from The Day Newspaper.