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New Exhibitions

Over Here, Over There: Madison in World War I
Our newest Exhibition, a collaboration of the MHS and CLEMA, is now open!!Be sure to visit the exhibition at Lee's Academy as well as the displays at Memorial Town Hall, Upper Level.

Open every Saturday from July 30 through November 26
11 am to 4 pm
Lee's Academy, 14 Meetinghouse Lane, on the Madison green
Memorial Town Hall, 8 Meetinghouse Lane
Directions: Visit Us
Admission is free; donations are welcome.

Please join us for these programs that complement our World War I exhibition,
a collaboration of the MHS and the Charlotte L. Evarts Memorial Archives.

All programs are open to the public and are free of charge.
E. C. Scranton Memorial Library
801 Boston Post Road, Madison
Community Room

World War I Literature Discussion Series
7 to 8:30 pm 
Moderator: Dr. Mark Schenker, Yale University

Thursday, November 10        A Farewell to Arms (1929) 
Thursday, November 17        All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) 
Thursday, December 1          Poems by British soldiers of WWI (Handout) 
Thursday, December 8          Regeneration (1991)

World War I Film Series
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Thursday, November 3         Paths of Glory (1957) 
Introduction and discussion by filmmaker & professor Kevin Hinchey

Thursday, December 15     Joyeux Noel (2005)

World War I Presentation
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 27 The Life of Paul Pavelka
Presenter: Bob Gerard

Past Exhibits

Summer Exhibition 2013 to 2015
The Business of Leisure: Madison Welcomes its Summer Colony

In the last half of the nineteenth century, Madison was a community on the wane economically. Jobs had shifted to the manufacturing centers, and young people followed the jobs. When the growing middle class discovered that Madison was a good place to spend their newfound leisure time, the economy of Madison was revived. The community embraced the opportunity that the summer colonists brought, and soon Madison was promoted as the "Gem of the Connecticut Shore." This intriguing exhibition reveals the ways that the community responded to the needs and desires of the vacationers and cottagers who came to the shoreline for rest and recreation.

Summer Exhibition 2011 and 2012
Madison's Civil War Years: At Home and At Arms

This exhibit is Madison's contribution to the national sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, telling the story of the town's involvement in the War through photographs, documents, letters, diaries, and objects from the MHS collection and the Charlotte Evarts archive. Arranged around three themes--conflict, sacrifice, and commemoration--the exhibit offers a close-up view`of the political, social, and economic character of Madison before, during, and after the war.

Summer Exhibition 2010
Lee's Academy: Madison's First High School

Visitors to Madison's iconic Lee's Academy often wonder about its history and its varied uses through nearly two centuries. The MHS Annual Summer exhibition should satisfy the curiosity of all visitors with its representation of a nineteenth-century school and classroom. Supported by a grant from the Erwin C. Bauer Charitable Trust, the 2010 exhibition will present the history of the Academy, including its place in a New England-wide educational movement. Learn the stories of the people who served the Academy's goals and discover those who benefited from the vision of Captain Frederick Lee and his fellow citizens.

Summer Exhibition 2009
A Road Runs Through It: How the Turnpike Transformed Madison
Lee's Academy

Roll down your bobby-socks or slick back your duck-tail, and come on down in the summer of 2009 to see our award-winning exhibition on the construction and opening of the Connecticut Turnpike. Look back in the rear-view mirror to 1958, a time of tollbooths and tailfins, at this exhibit of rare archival highway construction drawings, period photographs, and a snapshot of life in mid-twentieth-century Madison. Winner of an Award of Merit from the CT League of History Organizations and recognized by a special visit from CT Governor Jodi Rell and officials from the CT Department of Transportation, this exhibit is a delightful and intriguing step back in time.

Expressions of Love: Wedding Dresses from the MHS Costume Collection
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Allis-Bushnell House


Summer Exhibition 2007
Portraits of a Village: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the MHS Collection

Lee's Academy

Summer Exhibition 2007
Art of the Home: Quilts and Samplers from the MHS Collection
Allis-Bushnell House


Madison Historical Society
14 Meetinghouse Lane
Madison, CT 06443-3155