Newtown Historical Society 44 Main St, Newtown, CT06470 The Newtown Historical Society owns two structures in town: The Matthew Curtis Jr. House and the Middle Gate one-room…More schoolhouse. It also displays historical town treasures at the local library. The Newtown Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that relies on its membership and volunteers to maintain the properties and fund educational programs. Both properties are open for various re-enactment programs to show the newer generations of Newtowners how their predecessors lived. The society's goal is preservation and education.
One of Newtown's most prolific benefactor, Mary Eizabeth Hawley donated the library to the town.
Named after…More her maternal grandfather, who worked as a doctor for 50 years during the 19th century, The Cyrenius H. Booth Library opened on Dec. 17, 1932 with 25,000 volumes.</p>
<p>Constructed to be fireproof and containing cork floors and ceiling tiles that helped to deaden sound, the building also had a built-in humidifier and centralized vacuum cleaner. Philip Sutherland, who also designed Edmond Town Hall, was the architect.</p>
<p>An addition was begun in 1996 that added meeting space and areas for library displays.</p>