You may have noticed the stately brick home sitting next to the Hotchkiss Library on the Sharon Green. Few newcomers know that that building is the home to our community museum, the Sharon Historical Society, professionally staffed and featuring state-of-the-art facilities for collections care.
The Sharon Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) museum and history center that serves as a community resource for dynamic family programs and compelling exhibitions inspired by an extensive archive and object collection that dates back to the region’s early settlers. Our primary mission is to connect people to the town of Sharon, its history and its culture. We do this by employing a wide range of techniques, some specific to museums and others designed to challenge the (mis)conception of a museum’s role in the community. We believe that the museum will best serve our community by presenting a variety of cultural pathways to inspire residents to become proud citizens with strong roots.
Core educational programs are designed for students of all ages, community residents and visitors. Museum exhibits, a children’s Discovery Room, and a community gathering place are housed in the 1775 Gay-Hoyt House.
The museum has an aggressive publications program that has resulted in titles including, Images of America: Sharon, Echoes of Iron in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner by Ed Kirby, (second printing); A General History of the Town of Sharon, Connecticut, by Charles Sedgwick, fourth edition, Seldom Told Tales of Sharon, by Ed Kirby (May, 2005), Seldom Told Tales of Sharon II, by Ed Kirby (October, 2008), Seldom Told Tales of Sharon III, by Ed Kirby (2011) and the documentary film Visions of Iron, (May 2008.) Our books, and a collection of books written by local authors, are for sale in our bookstore and online.
A major portion of our work involves children and families. We offer an integrated history and civics curriculum presented on-site, off-site and online, developed in conjunction with faculty at the Sharon Center School and offered free of charge to students from pre-K to 8th grade.
A comprehensive and content-rich website provides historic resources, photographs, information and online exhibits. The Gallery @the SHS (formerly the Hallway Gallery) presents five changing exhibits each year that showcase art from Sharon and regional artists. A full schedule of fund raising events, lectures, bus tours, and other programs is offered and changes to reflect the needs of the community.
Over 80 volunteers give hundreds of hours of service to the Sharon Historical Society each year. Volunteers serve many functions- leading groups through local burying grounds on our annual cemetery tour, cataloging photographs, or helping with fundraising events. We are proud that so many people have chosen to share their most precious commodity – time – on Historical Society projects. If you would like to be part of the SHS community please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to hear from you! If you would like to support our mission, please make a contribution!Contact Us Donate Now
The Sharon Historical Society & Museum collects, preserves and shares Sharon’s stories, building bridges between the past, present and future through its collections, exhibitions, and programs. Our purpose is to maximize the power of personal and community stories and shared history to enrich and impact lives.Read More
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