Welcome to the Norwich Historical Society. Our mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the town of Norwich, the Lewis House and the collections therein, and to foster a greater sense of appreciation and respect for our shared heritage.
Mad for Mid-Century Modern: A New Architectural Style Comes Norwich.
This exhibit tells the story of the circle of architects and artists who came to Norwich in the 1940s through 1960s, building in the latest modern styles and materials. Exhibit Opening: June 16, 5 – 7 p.m. with a brief talk at 6pm by Devin Coleman, Vermont State Architectural Historian. Learn more…
Our Business Donors
Our business donors support our events and educational programs. They are integral to the success of our House & Garden Tour.
Walking Tours, Lectures, House Tours
The Norwich and Hanover Historical Societies have teamed up to offer a series of lectures and walking tours in conjunction with the current exhibit, Mad for Mid-Century Modern. Join us.
In 1976 the Norwich Women’s Club members pieced a quilt in recognition of the country’s bicentennial. Each week this fall we will be sharing photographs and stories related to the quilt squares on Facebook and our website.
Stories and Scanning
This past summer we digitized our photograph collection of Norwich roads. Each week our intern, Kevin Hybels, posted stories, questions, and photos that arose during the scanning process. Stories are posted here.
We celebrate Poetry month with a new online exhibit. Poets and the Past features 8 poems written by local poets inspired by objects in our collection.
The Society maintains the historic 1807 Lewis House in the heart of Norwich’s historic downtown along with an extensive collection of artifacts, photos, and archives relating to the town’s history. Annual exhibits are mounted in the three spacious exhibit rooms on the first floor, and other special events are held at the Historical Society throughout the year. We have an active educational program with the Marion Cross School that brings elementary school students to the Lewis House to learn about more about history. Join us for walking tours of Norwich in the summer and family history workshops in the winter.
Norwich Historical Society is wheelchair accessible and open to community groups for meetings and events.