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January 2020

Lights out for Benedict Arnold

January 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Norwich Historic District, Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360 United States
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Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, 1741 in Norwich, Connecticut. Benedict Arnold’s name is synonymous with the word traitor. Despite Arnold’s defection to the British, he was a fierce patriot for the Continental Army. There are two sides to Benedict Arnold – patriot and traitor – yet often it is difficult to reconcile both aspects of his complex profile. Join the Norwich Historical Society as we acknowledge Benedict Arnold's birthday by turning off the City Hall Christmas Lights on...

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March 2020

NHS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Reception POSTPONED

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Otis Library, 261 Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360 United States
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With the growing prevalence of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in Connecticut, the Norwich Historical Society is monitoring both federal and state guidance on how to minimize exposure to and spread of the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, the Norwich Historical Society is postponing our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This difficult decision was not made lightly, however, the safety of our friends and members is our utmost priority. We will inform our members when a new date for...

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April 2020

POSTPONED: NHS Second Saturday Tour – The Freedom Trail

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
City Hall, 100 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360 United States
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be postponed until a later date TBD. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During the Nineteenth Century, the City of Norwich was home to a vibrant abolitionist movement. Residents such as David Ruggles played an active role in the Underground Railroad and the Harris Sisters attended Prudence Crandall’s controversial “Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color” school in Canterbury. On this tour, you’ll hear incredible stories about colonial era blacksmith, Guy Drock, who earned his freedom...

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May 2020

Postponed: NHS May Second Saturday Tour: Women of Wisdom & Grit; A Women’s Heritage Walking Tour of Yantic Cemetery

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Yantic Cemetery, 68 Lafayette Street
Norwich , CT 06360 United States
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our May 9th NHS Second Saturday Tour: Women of Wisdom & Grit originally scheduled for Saturday May 9th at 10:00am, will be postponed until a later date TBD. Stay healthy and be well! Please stay tuned for a virtual look at the tour on our Facebook page soon. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NHS May Second Saturday Tour: Women of Wisdom & Grit; A Women’s Heritage Walking Tour of Yantic Cemetery The Victorian Age (1837-1901) was a great...

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Postponed: Spring Outdoors: Civil War History of Yantic Cemetery Tour

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Yantic Cemetery, 68 Lafayette Street
Norwich , CT 06360 United States
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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, The Spring Outdoors Civil War History of Yantic Cemetery Tour originally scheduled for May 9, 2020 at 1:00pm, has been rescheduled to Sunday October 18, at 10:00 AM. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility. Stay safe and be well! Please stay tuned for a virtual look at the tour on our Facebook page soon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join us for a *BONUS* Second Saturday tour offered through the Last Green Valley's Spring Outdoors. Local expert, Vic...

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Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center Opens for the Season

May 28 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center, 69 East Town Street
Norwich , CT 06360 United States
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At this time, it is very unlikely that the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors' Center located at 69 East Town Street will open in May or possibly even June. NHS will be closely monitoring state and federal guidelines and will make decisions accordingly; we will continue to keep you updated as things progress. In the meantime, the outdoor information box is always fully stocked with Walk Norwich brochures so please feel free to stop by anytime and grab one! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

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June 2020

NHS Second Saturday Virtual Tour: Norwichtown Rebels and Revolutionaries

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center, 69 East Town Street
Norwich , CT 06360 United States
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As per guidelines from the Connecticut Office of Tourism, all CT Open House Day events will be virtual. This tour will be a virtual experience accessible via our website and Facebook page on Saturday June 13th. Please note that the Norwich Heritage and Regional Visitors Center is closed. For more info, please click here. Please join us for a virtual tour of Historic Norwichtown. Regan Miner, Executive Director of the Norwich Historical Society, will highlight some of Norwichtown’s remarkable rebels...

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July 2020

NHS Second Saturday Virtual Tour: Norwich’s Millionaires’ Triangle

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chelsea Parade, Chelsea Parade South
Norwich, CT 06360 United States
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Important 2020 Update: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic and acting out of an abundance of caution, the Norwich Historical Society has made the difficult decision to cancel the organization’s remaining programs for the 2020 calendar year. The Norwich Historical Society will not host physical Second Saturday Tours in July and August but will create virtual tours which will be accessible on our website and Facebook page. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it was...

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August 2020

NHS Second Saturday Virtual Tour: Sailors, Soldiers, & Civilians: Norwich Notables of Oak Street Cemetery

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Downtown Norwich Historic District, Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360 United States
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Important 2020 Update Due to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic and acting out of an abundance of caution, the Norwich Historical Society has made the difficult decision to cancel the organization’s remaining programs for the 2020 calendar year. The Norwich Historical Society will not host physical Second Saturday Tours in July and August but will create virtual tours which will be accessible on our website and Facebook page. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it was...

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The Lafayette Trail: Mapping the Farewell Tour

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
free

The Marquis de Lafayette's role in the Revolutionary War is widely appreciated. The importance of his Triumphal Return in 1824 as the last surviving Major General of the Continental Army remains largely unknown to the public. The Farewell Tour enshrined Lafayette as a national icon of the U.S. collective memory, a status which he still enjoys to this day. Join us on August 24 at 6 pm to hear Julien P. Icher, founder of The Lafayette Trail, speak about Lafayette's...

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