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 highlighting artifacts from our collections opened in February. In March we will launch a community-wide local distinctiveness project to get residents thinking about what makes Madison special and unique. In July, the MHS will “take over” the town with installations in storefronts along the Post Road and Wall Street featuring vintage images of the town. The celebration continues late summer with "An Evening in White" fundraiser at a secret location revealed to attendees just days before. Our festivities culminate on October 19 with a gala at the Madison Beach Hotel.

Detail of hand-colored map of Madison, c. 1881

To mark our centennial, the MHS will present to the town a web-based self-guided walking tour of the public and private structures and monuments in Madison’s National Historic District. This place-based digital storytelling program will provide an entertaining audio/visual experience of the properties around the green. Much more than an architecture lesson, it will offer intriguing tales from three centuries of Madison’s history. The MHS thanks the CT Office of the Arts, the CT State Preservation Office, and Guilford Savings Bank for their generous financial support for this project. We also wish to thank the Charlotte L. Evarts Memorial Archives and the Scranton Library for its assistance in working with the interns and DHHS students who have worked diligently on this special educational initiative.

Please check back for announcements on upcoming events and activities. We hope you will join us in celebrating our centennial.

We need your help celebrating Madison!

The MHS needs the help of  as many town residents as possible to create a commemorative art poster. Madison is special to each of us in different ways. Tell us in three words or less what Madison means to you. Starting March 15, suggestion boxes will be installed in spots around town. Using the letters of the alphabet, submit your ideas for a person, place, or thing that is uniquely Madison.

"What is My Madison?" suggestions and ideas will be collected through April 30. The MHS centennial committee will tally the results to determine the "winners." The Society will work with local artists to create the graphic representations of each letter. Posters will be available for sale at the MHS headquarters located at Lee's Academy on the green and at select locations downtown.

Use the form below to submit your entry for the Madison A - Z Alphabet Poster.

Upcoming Events

Pop-up Exhibitions
Expressions of Love
Hull Building on Wall Street
On view thru March 15

Celebrating Spring
Hull Building on Wall Street
On view thru April 30

Madison A - Z Project
- Local distinctiveness art project
- Tell us what makes Madison unique
- Ballot boxes can be found at local
businesses/Scranton Library

Fourth of July
- Vintage photographs of Madison
in storefronts on Boston Post Road
- Textile/Artifact displays
in windows of downtown businesses
- Concert on the Green:
100 Years of Musical History
- Grand Marshall
of Fourth of July Parade

Evening in White
- Dinner picnic at a surprise location
- Wear white and gather with friends
for a lively open-air celebration
Late Summer 2017

Centennial Ball
Madison Beach Hotel
October 19, 2017
6 - 11 pm
Featuring Eight to the Bar

The Nitty Gritty

In the event of duplicate ideas for a letter, we will choose the winner at random. Submit ideas for as many letters as you'd like using the above form.

You MUST refresh the page once you've clicked submit for the form to reappear. 

All submissions become the property of the Madison Historical Society. We reserve the right to modify or use other illustrations in lieu of your submission.

All entries must be received by April 30, 2017 to be eligible.

Unleash the Artist Within

One winning entry will be chosen for each letter of the alphabet.

We will contact you to submit a drawing or photo of your idea if you are the lucky winner.

You could see your entry on posters, mugs, t-shirts, puzzles, and more.

Box Locations

Ashley's Ice Cream
Bradley and Wall
Cohen's Bagels
Cumberland Farms
Frame Shop on Wall Street
Grand aPizza
Guilford Savings Bank
 - Downtown and North Madison Branches
Hammonasset Package Store




Madison Beach Hotel
Madison Wine and Cheese
Nick's Place
Robert's Food Center
Scranton Library
Tuxis Lumber
Walker Loden
Willoughby's Coffee and Tea

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