Let's celebrate!

The MHS Turns 100

In 2017, the MHS turns 100. As the oldest civic organization in Madison, we are proud of the important role we play in contributing to the present and future vitality of the town. To mark this important milestone, the MHS is planning a celebration of Madison that will last throughout the year.

A series of pop-up exhibitions from our collections opened in February. The Madison A-Z poster, a project illustrating the best of Madison, launched in April. In July, the MHS was Grand Marshal of the Independence Day parade and installed vintage posters of the changing face of Madison's downtown in storefronts along the Post Road. Nearly 200 people attended the highly successful Evening in White in September.

Centennial Gala

This Event is SOLD OUT!!!

Ballroom, Madison Beach Hotel

The culmination of the centennial celebration entitled, "100 Years on the Water: Preserving our Past, Protecting our Future," will be a benefit gala to be held on Thursday, October 19, in the ballroom at the Madison Beach Hotel.

Cocktails at 6 pm. Dinner and dancing 7 pm. Silent auction to follow the dinner. Festive attire is suggested. The musical stylings of Eight to the Bar will offer something for everyone featuring swing, boogie-woogie and Motown classics. The group is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated arrangements.

An event of this historical significance happens just once a century. The MHS will honor four individuals for the important roles they’ve played in preserving and protecting the character of Madison. They are Jack and Laurie Heflin, Joe Oslander, and Don Rankin. 

Upcoming Events

Centennial Gala
Madison Beach Hotel
October 19, 2017
6 - 11 pm
Silent/Live Auctions
Featuring Eight to the Bar

Centennial Book
Madison's Treasures
Commemorative photo book
-Featuring images from the collection
Fall 2017

Madison A - Z 
-Best of Madison poster
-Illustrations by local artists
Fall 2017

Live Auction Items


Hearth cooking is an ancient craft that originated in Europe. A generous grant provided in 2017 enabled the Madison Historical Society to restore the four fireplaces in its 1785 Allis-Bushnell House. Now, for the first time, the Society is offering a colonial hearth dinner prepared and served by board trustees. This multi course meal for up to 25 people will include spit-roasted prime rib of beef, hung chicken cooked on the open hearth, scallops, sallet, winter roasted vegetables, wines, ales, and spirits. Guests will end the dinner with a selection of desserts, fruits, and nuts. This is an opportunity not to be missed.   


Accompany oystermen Doug Pogany and Doug Scheppach on their fishing boat on November 14, 2017, as they harvest oysters within sight of the Madison shore in the historic Blakeman Bed. This exploration, for two passengers, of this long-established bivalve bed will reveal the fascinating history of the cultivation of oysters and of the notable Madison families who have farmed these waters. Our native Crassostrea virginica molluscs grow naturally in Connecticut’s tidal rivers and coastal bays and have long been cultivated in seeded beds in Long Island Sound.


Enjoy an oyster dinner with Jacques Pepin on November 14, 2017, at the home of MHS trustee Jane Rapport and her husband, George. They will open their home for up to eight guests, and local chef Claude Martin will prepare the feast. This delicious gourmet meal will feature locally harvested oysters. Don't miss this rare opportunity to dine with world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin. The winning bidder will also take home a dinner menu illustrated and signed by Pepin himself. 


Give your child or grandchild a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget. Bid on this firehouse-themed birthday party at the North Madison Fire Department. Up to 24 children will get a private tour of the fire station and will be able to put out a fire in a little house specially designed for this purpose. The fire station will provide a firetruck cake and will open the main part of the station for the party. In addition, each child will receive a firefighter's hat to take home. This memorable birthday experience will surely delight young and old alike.


You and a friend will enjoy a two-day astronautical adventure at Cape Canaveral, Florida. On Day One you'll take part in a group training experience at the Kennedy Space Center--the busiest launch facility on Earth. On Day Two, you'll have lunch with a veteran astronaut at the Space Center's visitors complex, followed by a guided tour of the facility. Hotel accommodations will be provided by Residence Inn.

Silent Auction Items

Antique Canadian Snowshoes
Antique Turken Engsi Rug
Bird-watching Walking Tour for 10 at Hammonasset
Barbecue master class for 6 at your home
Cooking Class for 15, plus gift certificate
Dine Around: Gift certificates from local restaurants
Garden Design Consultation
Handcrafted Hombre Sapphire Necklace
Handcrafted Sterling Silver Earrings
Hearth Dinner for 20 at the Allis-Bushnell House
Homespun Wool/Silk Blend Yarn from Madison Wool
iPad Tablet 2017 Model: 32 GB plus WIFI
Two Tickets for any Upcoming Performance at The Kate
Madison Dental Spa $550 Gift Certificate for Teeth Whitening
Maple Syrup-Making Tour at Matteson's Maple Manor



Gift Bag of Skin Care Essentials from Perricone MD 
Pet Portrait (8 x 10) by local artist, Betsey Piner
Police Chief for a Day at Clinton Station
Ride to School on a Firetruck
Salon H Gift $150 Certificate
Seaplane Fall Foliage Tour - Two Tickets
Sennheiser HIS Wireless Headphones
Sunset Sail for Two, May to September
Tailoring Service or Apparel Purchase - Angie Lu Tailors
Tea Tasting at Savvy Tea
Timothy Pamment Gift Certificate
Yale Art Gallery: Behind-the-scene-tour with Deputy Director of Conservation
Private Yoga Class for Five

Map of Madison, O.H. Bailey & Co. 1881

Our Gift to the Town

The Madison Green National Historic District Tour is a digital exploration of the historic places and people of Madison, Connecticut. Its focus is on thirty-three distinctive and diverse vital resources that lie mostly along the Boston Post Road, Meetinghouse Lane, and Britton Lane.
These iconic structures and monuments include private residences, churches, and civic structures that reflect much of Madison’s cultural and architectural history. The story of this district shows how and why this area became—and is still—the heart of the community, and it also offers clues to local, regional​,​ and national history during the course of nearly 400 years.
The Tour​, our centennial gift to the Town of Madison, ​was created by students from Daniel Hand High School and was funded by grants from Guilford Savings Bank and from the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development, with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.
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