EIN 06-0727288

New Canaan Historical Society

IRS 501(c) type
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The objective of the founding members of the New Canaan Historical Society was "to bring together and arrange the Historical events of the town of New Canaan, the genealogies of the families who have lived in town, to form a library and to collect relics ….
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Program areas at New Canaan Historical Society

The Society's daily operations encompass many different activities:the Society maintains and operates New Canaan's first town hall (1825), now expanded to house a library and vault with documents, genealogies, art and artifacts, as well as the sillman-monroe-cody drug store museum (1846) and an extensive clothing and textile collection; the hanford-sillman house museum (c. 1764); the rogers studio museum (1878); the tool museum and nineteenth-century printing office; the rock school (1799); off campus the little red school house (1855), and the mid-century modern gores pavilion (1960). It operates a research library; a full schedule of educational programs for both children and adults; a plaquing program for historic homes; publications on New Canaan's history. It has three gallery spaces and puts on exhibitions in each of those. It runs programs, events and lectures. The largest programs from fiscal year 2021 were: 1. October4design, a month long series of programs, lectures, and activities involving architecture, art, and design. 2. Evolution of design + three iconic houses: in this program, participants purchased a basket of food and drinks and then were sent a video link of a slide show the museum prepared, and a documentary it produced on midcentury modern architecture in New Canaan. 3. The historic trail project: participants purchased bricks in honor of a family member or friend, and we constructed a path and patio that connected the historic house museums. The project also helped to fund interpretive signage for each house museum.

Who funds New Canaan Historical Society

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Swordspoint FoundationLandmark Preservation$70,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$34,950
Connecticut HumanitiesCovid-19 Support$22,727
...and 12 more grants received

Personnel at New Canaan Historical Society

Nancy GearyExecutive Director$107,404
Whitney WilliamsEvents Manager$0
Mark MarkiewiczPresident$0
Thomas MonahanPast Treasurer$0
Claire FosterSecretary / Director$0
...and 2 more key personnel

Financials for New Canaan Historical Society

RevenuesFYE 06/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$567,428
Program services$21,485
Investment income and dividends$29,146
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$5,263
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,464,909
Net income from fundraising events$-24,656
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$11,755
Miscellaneous revenues$3,225
Total revenues$2,078,555

Form 990s for New Canaan Historical Society

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-04-13990View PDF
2019-062020-09-25990View PDF
2018-062019-03-15990View PDF
2017-062018-02-08990View PDF
2016-062017-01-20990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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Data update history
May 6, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $12,000 from MLE Foundation
December 11, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
August 4, 2022
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $22,727 from Connecticut Humanities
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $70,000 from Swordspoint Foundation
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesHistory
Conservation easementPartially liquidatedFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingTax deductible donations
General information
13 Oenoke Ridge Rd
New Canaan, CT 06840
Metro area
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
Fairfield County, CT
Website URL
(203) 966-1776
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A80: Historical Societies, Historical Preservation
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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