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Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future

About the MHS

Madison’s Heritage: Historical Sketches of Madison, Connecticut tells the charming story of the founding of the Madison Historical Society. In the years 1917 and 1918, during and shortly after the First World War, the idea for the Society was sparked by “a fierce fire of enthusiasm.” Witnesses to its sudden presence on the social and cultural scene of Madison say that it evolved from a single comment. Read More

what our visitors say

These field trips are so well designed and coordinated--and it's clear that great care and thought has been put into aligning the activities with the social studies content standards. I love how my students' faces lit up as they participated in activities that revealed interesting facts about the history of their own town.

- Christa Laragy, 2nd grade teacher, Jeffrey School

Upcoming Events

Downtown Tours

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History Happy Hour

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Historic Plaque Program

Allis-Bushnell House circa 1785 on the National Register of Historic PlacesThe Madison Historical Society offers its Plaque Program to owners of all town properties that predate 1930. The purpose of the program is to:

  • to promote public appreciation of the historic character of Madison;
  • to give recognition both to Madison’s early buildings and to the people who built or resided in them;
  • to encourage stewardship of the historic built environment of our community.

To qualify for a plaque, the building must be visually recognizable as an historic building and its history must be documented according to Madison Historical Society procedures. The dating of a structure is done by deed research (and other primary-source information) as well as by an architectural review. 

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