The Norwich Historical Society building is open to the public year-round on Wednesdays and by appointment during the Covid-19 emergency. Masks are required inside. Email to for research inquiries or appointment.

Annual Fund 2021

Help sustain the mission you value and the programs you love.

The Annual Fund is the Society’s yearly appeal to members and friends for contributions that help support our day-to-day operations. Gifts to the Annual Fund, made in addition to membership dues, are vital to the Society’s work. Give a gift today…

The Cut Bible: Call for Artists

Mending the Spaces Between

Norwich Historical Society is seeking submissions of art that expresses the theme of Mending the Spaces Between for a juried exhibition May 20 – November 11, 2022.

Artist Information Session: Tuesday, December 14th at 5:30 pm, Norwich Historical Society   

Read more and RSVP here…

Aunt Ella’s Diary

Ella Sargent (1855-1940) lived most of her life in the same Norford Lake home until she moved in with a niece the last 9 years of her life. In her late teens Ella started keeping a daily diary, which she continued into her sixties. Fortunately, most of her diaries were given to the Norwich Historical Society. Read more….

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…

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.

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.