The Norwich Historical Society building is open to the public year-round on Wednesdays and by appointment. Beginning May 22nd, NHS will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1-4pm and by appointment. Masks are required inside. Email to info@norwichhistory.org for research inquiries or appointment.

Mending Spaces Between

NEW EXHIBIT

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.

Exhibit Opening: Friday, May 20, 5-7pm, Norwich Historical Society
Exhibit Open House: Sunday, May 22, 1-4pm

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Summer Walking Tours

Walking tours are scheduled throughout the summer on Sunday afternoons at 3:00.

Learn about Norwich at the time of the Civil War, explore the mid-century modern neighborhood of Hopson Road, visit Union Village and learn its history through old photographs and documents.

Learn more and register 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…

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.