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1508 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Telephone: (203) 329-1183
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Audio Book: Stamford, Our Pride
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Seal of the City- click here for story

Seal of the City of Stamford, 1916
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Current Exhibit
100 Years in the Making: Highlights from the Society's Collections

Summer/Fall Events Calendar

The Hoyt Barnum House will be open in July & August, and September 3
Fridays 11 – 4

The society is also looking for Docents to be trained to give tours at the house.

hand bullet Now online: Best Face Forward: Portraits from the Society's Collection
Ann M. Case receives the 2010 Virginia T. Davis Distinguished Service Award

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Lectures and Presentations

Sons of Stamford - A Memoir (Deputy Chief John F. Moriarty)
Cover to Sons of Stamford, Chief Moriarty

Robert D. Towne (1918-2008) add your reminiscenses
Newsletter: Stamford Pioneer
About Our Trip to the Florence Griswold Museum, June 12 (add your comments)
Charles O. Miller, Stamford Businessman and Philanthropist
Uncovering the Past: Old Cato, former slave
Call for Docents for our Hoyt Barnum Colonial Life Program, including anyone with Weaving and Spinning expertise

Sketches by Whitman Bailey

Photo Albums

Photo Album: Touch-A-Truck 2008
Photo Album, 2008 Dinner Dance at the Hibernian Hall

Old Timers' Athletic Association of Stamford updated

Blickensderfer portable typewriterPHOTO SELECTION OF THE MONTH: December 2009
A Reprise: The Portable Typewriter and its Uses, 1913

Don't miss Brownstones on Bell Street, the first in a series of photos taken prior to the late 1960s urban redevelopment of downtown Stamford. Courtesy The City of Stamford, Connecticut, Urban Redevelopment Commission.

Main Post Office, Whitman Bailey SketchWHITMAN BAILEY SKETCHES:
Inventoried Collection IC112, Data Now Online.

Beginning in 1924 and continuing for the next thirty years, Whitman Bailey's sketches appeared in the Stamford Advocate almost weekly. Black and white drawings of local scenes, the sketches were accompanied by brief vignettes of the scene. Mostly factual, at times the stories presented were local folklore faithfully transmitted for the interest of the reader. Thanks to Dorothy Mix and other volunteers, our collection of the newspaper clippings has been organized and scanned and may be viewed in the Marcus Research Library.

We are intermittently blogging these sketches.

IC112: Whitman Bailey Drawings

Dick Roberts wipes an old tombstoneUNCOVERING MYSTERIES, The Advocate, February 17, 2008

Another story about Dick Roberts' surveying Stamford's cemeteries. Currently he has completed over thirty sites, having just finished the North Stamford Congregational Church's cemetery.

See also: Cemeteries in Stamford

Hoyt Barnum House - click here for virtual tourThe Hoyt Barnum House
is representative of the second American building period, post 1675.

Take a virtual tour
Hoyt-Barnum House to get a new roof
(The Advocate)

pointing hand bullet All New Searchable Bibliography of Stamford Do you know what's in your attic? Are you concerned that your children might not value it? The Historical Society might be interested. Talk to us!  (203) 329-1183.

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Become a volunteer with the Stamford Historical Society!

Volunteers for Two Special Projects Sought
Collection Inventory and Research Library cataloging are two very important projects which urgently need volunteers!
Call for docents for our Hoyt Barnum Colonial Life Program,including anyone with Weaving and Spinning expertise

Virginia T. Davis Distinguished Service Awards

Margaret BowenMargaret Bowen Receives “Distinguished Advocate for Heritage” Award

The Society has received a 2006 Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations for the 2005/6 Davenport Exhibit. Kudos to all involved in making the exhibit happen!

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sponsored by
Connecticut Humanities Council, click here for website

Press Release

Pride and Patriotism: Stamford’s Role in WWII has finally closed to make way for the next exhibit, but you may visit us Online.

The society plans to continue the World War II exhibit’s archives and oral history program as long as veterans are interested in participating. Those who still want to share their memories can call the society at (203) 329-1183 or e-mail to

Immigrant Stories of Stamford-click hereIMMIGRANTS' STAMFORD
Tracing the development of Stamford's Diverse Community


We are interested in your or your family's immigration or migration story.
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