Our Mission

The Norwich Historical Society seeks to foster a greater sense of place and community by preserving and sharing its collections and stories from the past.

Our Vision

The long-term sustainability of the organization is of utmost priority and we plan to strengthen our core resources—financial, human, facilities, and collections through responsible financial planning, fundraising, board functioning, collections care, and programming.

The Lewis House and outbuildings are a core part of who we are. Located in the center of Norwich, we envision the property to continue to be a center for research, community building, and education. We want to make the entire Lewis House property into a history center that is visible, energetic, and vital to the Norwich community.

The Lewis House is the repository for Norwich’s archives and collections. The collections form the foundation of exhibits, programs, and publications. We will continue to care for and carefully grow our collection to be broadly representative of Norwich yesterday and today, developing engaging historical content.

We see technology transforming the ways in which the Historical Society connects to the community beyond the Lewis House, with a website featuring online exhibitions and research materials drawn from a newly digitized collection and new communications strategies using online publications and social media.

We recognize that the Norwich community values its history and sense of place. Community members value relationships and community spirit. Our intention is to continue to bring Norwich’s history out to the community through walking tours, collaborative programs, and participatory workshops. We will seek to cultivate ongoing relationships with audiences of all ages through participatory programs and exhibits.