From bonnets and bell bottoms to Victorian blocks

This spring the Newtown Historical Society has organized a series of events sure to please the entire family. Events will take place at the historic Matthew Curtiss House located on 44 Main Street in Newtown, just down the street from the iconic giant flagpole.


On March 9 at 7:30 pm., the C.H. Booth Library Karen Karen DePauw, a Research & Collections Associate at the CT Historical Society, will help you recall the clothing of your ancestors, your parents, and your own fashion choices as she takes you on this trip through over 100 years of fashion. You can even contribute to the discussion by bringing a favorite garment and sharing your memories.

Bonnets to Bell Bottoms

For a change of pace, the Society is offering an open house and colonial dancing at the Matthew Curtiss House from 12 noon to 4 pm on March 15. Guests will be invited to join Patricia Campbell, a Dance Caller, who will be accompanied by Fran Hendrickson on keyboards. They will conduct three sessions that will include an introduction and instruction. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is limited to 20 participants. This event is free, but registration is required by e-mailing Please indicate which session you would like to attend (12:30, 1:30, or 2:30). This activity is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Block Building

On April 26 from 12 noon to 4 pm the Historical Society will host an open house and Victorian block building event at the Matthews Curtiss House. If you have ever wondered what children used before Legos this event is for you. Join the Society’s staff for a fun filled afternoon of block building Victorian style. The society has recently acquired a set of Richter Stone Blocks which in its day rivaled Lego Building Blocks, complete with starter kits, supplemental sets, and instructions on how to build certain models within a series.

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