The Norwich Historical Society building is open to the public year-round on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm and by appointment. Email to for research inquiries or appointment. 

2022 Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund, made in addition to membership dues, are vital to the Society’s work. A gift to the Annual Fund helps sustain the mission you value and the programs you love.

Mending Spaces Between


Reflections and Contemplations

A vandalized Bible in the collection provides opportunities to reflect and contemplate about how we can learn from the past. 22 artists respond to questions about how we can mend our world.

Open from 1-4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays until November 30. Special final hours: November 27 2-4pm and November 30, 1-6pm

Read more about the exhibit and programs…

Hillside Cemetery Tour

Norwich History Research

Archives, maps, articles and more

Interested in Norwich history? Genealogy? The history of your house or land? Want to just explore the old photographs or maps? There are videos on Norwich’s schoolhouses and farming. It’s all online here. Learn more…

Norwich Photographs Online

Historic Street and Schoolhouse Photos

We have scanned thousands of the photographs in our collection.  All our street photographs and school photographs are now on Flickr. See the collection on Flickr online here….

Podcast Driving Tours

History Tours and Comic Book Companions

Three historical driving tours of Norwich. Each podcast has between 8-10 stops and lasts a little over an hour. Download a map and the tour onto your phone. Flip through the comic book. Learn more…

The Historical Society has been supported this year though a Covid Recovery Grant– a partnership between Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council to provide funding to arts and humanities organizations facing financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding for the program was provided primarily from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


Thank you Norwich businesses!

Our business donors support our events and educational programs. We let the Upper Valley know how much they help.
Learn more about who they are and how you can link your business to NHS.

About Us

Welcome to the Norwich Historical Society. Our mission is to foster a greater sense of place and community by presenting and sharing its collections and stories from the past. 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.

handicapped-accessibleNorwich Historical Society is wheelchair accessible and open to community groups for meetings and events.