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Oxford Historical Society

Post Office Box 582,   Oxford, Connecticut, 06478


Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
60 Towner Lane, Oxford 

Oxford Historical Society's 

History Education 

Center & Museum

Oxford Artists: Past and Present

Peter PetrochkoThe Oxford Historical Society is featuring a display of art by Oxford residents during January.  Oxford has been home to many artists. Some like Philip Evergood and Alfred Cheney Johnston claim fame on Wikipedia. Others, inspired by the beauty of this rural community where they lived, bravely found mediums to set down what they saw and felt on paper, cloth, wood, clay or canvas, sometimes with little or no training. This display is an effort to show the work of a variety of craftsmen and women from our town spanning much of the 20th Century and reaching into the 21st Century.
The Society thanks Louise Burr, Cindy Joy, Robert and Joan Belinsky, Marilyn Stebar, Scott Hudkins, Peter and Dorie Petrochko, Mary Jane Ives, Don Joy, Barbara Getsinger, Dorothy DeBisschop and Nancy Farnum, who arranged the display.

The display will be on exhibit the first and third Sundays of January, February and March, from 2 to 4 p.m.
truck  tinker
    Painting by Mary Jane Ives                        Needlework by Tinker Jacquette     

    Oxford Historical  Society Earns Gold Seal from  GuideStar Exchange

    The Oxford Historical Society, Inc. has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates the Society's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
         The Society has worked diligently to fulfill our mission.  We have a commitment in being transparent about our efforts to encourage historic preservation and appreciation in Oxford.  As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.

    Adeline Gray, Oxford's famous parachutist makes history. See her story here

    "Oxford History Remembered"
    New Book Available
    The Society's newest book, Oxford History Remembered, is now available. The book includes tales from Oxford's early history, the contributions of Oxford residents in times of war, as well as more recent stories, such as the establishment of the Oxford Land Trust.  The book includes a history of the 6-year effort of the Oxford Historical Society to preserve the Homestead.

    Area History Links:
                (search the 1798 Oxford CT Tax roll.)

    Contact any Officer

    Harriet's Quilt
    An Oxford signature quilt from before the Civil War.
    See information on the quilt and on the people who made and signed it:

    Lincoln talk poster

     The Oxford Historical Society will present an illustrated lecture by Charles Rippel on the life of Abraham Lincoln on Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum at 60 Towner Lane in Oxford.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

    The talk will focus on Lincoln as a whole person, covering his early  family life, the five women in his background, his years as a lawyer, his married life and his children, his presidency and his role as Commander in Chief during the Civil War.  Clippings and photographs will highlight the event. A question and answer session will follow.   In addition, a collection of Lincoln memorabilia loaned by a Historical Society member will be on display.

     Mr. Rippel’s interest in all aspects of the Civil War started as a 10 year old in a Bronx classroom during World War II.  An assignment to bring in newspaper clippings about the overseas fighting heightened his awareness that this was a war to preserve the American way of life.  The following year his class began learning about the Civil War where the North fought the South and the conflict destroyed both men and property in our own country.  The contrast between the two events fascinated him and he began to learn all he could about The War Between the States.

     This interest has continued through Mr. Rippel’s life as he worked as a stone mason and in manufacturing recreational products.  Now a Heritage Village resident, he is a charter member of the Civil War Round Table in Shelton and gives frequent lectures in the Naugatuck Valley area.

    For further information contact Nancy Farnum at 203 888-0230.

    Mystery Photo:
    Can you guess the purpose of this mystery item?
    Mystery item  Mystery item - base
    Found by a stone wall on an Oxford farm.
    This is an early Hot water Bottle, from back
    in the day when they were actually bottles.

    Loom Restoration and Warping Continues
    Christine & Jan
    Christine Wilkinson and Jan Galloway work on the Society's barn loom, preparing the warp that will be used for weaving on the colonial-era machine.

    Harger photo
    Alfred Harger Photo Collection,
    1930's and 40's now online

    Museum Hours:
    First and Third Sundays of each month
    2 - 4 p.m.

    Photos of Lake Zoar, Zoar Bridge, Zoar Village and Stevenson Station added from 2012 Peach Festival
    The Society continues to make appointments to meet with individuals at the Library to scan their photos of old time Oxford.  while they wait.  If you have photos to share, please call Dottie DeBisschop 203-910-4574 to schedule an appointment.

    Oxford Center School Photos

    The Oxford Historical Society has received  many class photographs from Oxford Center School.  The photographs are being scanned and filed for preservation in our archives.

    Residents are asked to help identify the students and teachers in the photographs.  You may see our growing collection here:

    Oxford Centralized School:

    1969-70 -MISSING!

    More coming!

    See how many
    you can identify!
    Please email your answers to: Photos@oxford-historical-society.org

    Download a free Kindle copy of the book "Chauncey Judd,
    or a Boy Stolen,"
    by Israel P. Warren.
    Story of burglary and kidnapping during the American Revolution, with parts of the story taking place in Oxford.

    To download, RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose SAVE AS. 
    The exhibit can be seen during museum open hours from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month or by appointment.  For further information call 203 888-0230.