Dues for annual members of the Canterbury Historical Society are payable each January. We hope you will renew—or join for the first time— now.
Although our monthly meetings and history-themed programs are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome, only members in good standing, (that is, whose dues are paid up), are permitted to make and second motions, debate, and vote. For the princely sum of $10 you can join for a year and do all those things! Or do away with the nuisance of annual renewals and join as a lifetime member for only $100.
The Canterbury Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership is open to everyone interested in the organization’s objectives and willing to uphold its policies and subscribe to its bylaws, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual preference or orientation, disability, or national origin.
Your membership dollars directly support the programs, events, and projects of the society. We never share your contact information with other businesses, organizations, or persons.
Many thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make 2019 Canterbury Old Home Day on October 12 a fun day for the whole community—including exhibitors, musicians, sponsors, bakers, volunteers, and visitors. The weather was cloudy and cool, but the rain held off and we generated our own warmth.
As of September 15, we were no longer accepting exhibitor applications for this year’s Canterbury Old Home Day fall community celebration. As of October 3, our exhibitor waiting list also closed. If you would like to possibly exhibit next year, send an email to CanterburyOHD@gmail.com, and we’ll put you the contact list. Thanks for your interest.
From Sunday, September 1st to Saturday, September 14th, we would be delighted if you consider “rounding up” when you make a purchase at Canterbury’s Better Val-U IGA supermarket (at 4 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury). When you “round up” the amount of your purchase—say, $15.35 rounded up to $16.00—that extra 65¢ will be a sponsorship donation to the Canterbury Historical Society’s Old Home Day on October 12th. How cool is that?
Please consider shopping often between September 1st and September 14th, “round up” your purchase price and contribute to Canterbury Old Home Day. Thanks!
We cordially invite you to stop by at some point over this season at the charming 19th century Green district schoolhouse. Bring the kids or grandkids to let them experience a bit of what school was like, before all the intense screen time of the present. School was up close and personal back then. Because this little schoolhouse was in service into the 1950s, during your visit there’s a good chance you might even get to meet a volunteer who attended this school.
This year, the seasonal schedule will see the schoolhouse open for visitors on the following dates:
There’s also the option of requesting a different date and time; call 860-546-9062. We hope to see you there.
The location is Canterbury green, just behind the 1st Congregation Church of Canterbury. Put 6 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury, Connecticut into your GPS, and turn it at Library Road. Admission and parking are always free.
We are in the process of updating our historical society email list for notices of meetings and events. If you do not currently receive emails from us, but would like to, kindly send your full name and email address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or maybe you used to get our notices and haven’t provided us with your new email address?
We are happy to send these notices to anyone who is interested. No need to be a society member.
Check out these photos of the recent visit of Santa and Mrs. Merry Claus to Canterbury’s historic one-room Green district schoolhouse. Both big kids and little kids had big fun. And all those cookies that Mrs. Claus baked and handed out—yum!
Lots of the photos taken that day are bound to end up on family Christmas cards.
Many thanks to the dynamic duo of board member Amy Orlomoski. and the Canterbury Historical Society’s BFF Linda Orlomoski, for arranging this much-anticipated annual event.
The morning of Old Home Day dawned cold, wet, and raw, but spirits weren’t dampened by the weather. Dozens of historical reenactors, farmers, pliers of traditional crafts and trades, artists, civic organizations, and other exhibitors prepared to welcome visitors. As the morning wore on, the sky brightened and the sun peeked through.
We thank all who helped out with Old Home Day—from volunteers to exhibitors, the musicians who performed throughout the day, the Canterbury Lions who cooked and served hot food, and these generous sponsors.
Brooklyn-Canterbury Large Animal Clinic
Brooklyn’s Country View Restaurant
Canterbury Better Val U
Canterbury Recreation Commission
Canterbury Athletic Association
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
Location: South Canterbury Road (RT 169) at Library Road – Canterbury, CT 06331
Admission and parking for the Green schoolhouse are always free.
Drop by this season for a visit at the historic 19th century one-room Green district schoolhouse, now fully restored by Canterbury Historical Society volunteers. It’s the only one of Canterbury’s old district schoolhouses that’s open to the public. Bring the kids or grandkids for a glimpse of school life on a more intimate scale than nowadays, and without the technology and personal digital devices that can be so distracting in modern life.
Because this charming little schoolhouse was in service well into the 1950s, chances are that during your visit one or more of the friendly Canterbury Historical Society volunteers who greet you may have attended this very school. Who better to show you around and answer your questions?
Regular open hours this season are on the fourth Sunday in June and the second and fourth Sundays in July, August, and September from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Dates are:
Sunday June 24
Sundays July 8 & 22
Sundays August 12 & 26
Sundays September 9 & 23
Plus Saturday, October 13 in conjunction with the Canterbury Historical Society’s annual Old Home Day
You can also call 860-546-9062 to request an appointment for a different date and time.