The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House. The house/museum, a fine example of Connecticut saltbox architecture, was constructed circa 1750 and purchased by Matthew Curtiss Jr. in 1781. In 1970 the Newtown Historical Society purchased and restored the house to its original condition.
During the open house, Michael Paes and Ray Shaw, both of Newtown and members of the Sandy Hook Vintage Baseball Club will join us for a day of baseball. Visitors will learn about the differences between not only the game of yesterday’s baseball versus today’s, but also the equipment used. Michael, owner of Bull Dog Bats, will demonstrate his skill in crafting vintage baseball bats.
Our junior and senior docents will be available to answer questions about the house and its history, as well as provide guided tours by request.
The Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. During the year we offer open houses with living history demonstrations, a lecture series, and a summer history camp for kids among other special events. All funding comes from private donations, membership dues, bequests and fund raisers such as the antique show, house and garden tour and publication sales. New members are always welcome and volunteers are needed to help organize and run our many events! To join or for more information, please visit our website: www.newtownhistory.org or call the society at 203-426-5937.