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. The Madison A-Z poster, a project illustrating the best of Madison, launched in April. In July, the MHS served as Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July parade and installed posters depicting the changing face of Madison's downtown through the decades in storefronts along the Post Road.

The Celebration Continues

Evening in White

Guests at an Evening in White event in Durham in 2014. Photo by Cloe Poisson.

On Sunday, September 10,  Eileen Banisch and Noreen Kokoruda will host an “Evening in White” at a surprise location. This picnic-style event keeps guests on the edge of their seats, as the most important detail--the location--is kept secret until a few hours before the event.

The premise is simple: the table settings, chairs, tablecloths, and decorations are white, and the guests wear white attire. Guests arrive with their own picnic dinners and drinks at 5:30 pm at a location disclosed on the morning of the event. Until then, the location remains a secret. Live music and dancing will follow the dinner.

Tickets are $40 per person. Please select the number of tickets you wish to purchase from the dropdown menu and click Pay Now.


Centennial Gala

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. 

Tickets are $125 per person. Seating is limited. Please select the number of tickets you wish to purchase from the dropdown menu and click Pay Now. 


Upcoming Events

The Madison Green National
Historic District Tour
-Web-based tour of Madison's iconic 
structures and monuments
-MHS centennial gift to the town
August 2017

Evening in White
-Dinner picnic at a surprise location
-Wear white and gather with friends
for a lively open-air celebration
Sunday, September 10, 2017
5:30 pm

Centennial Gala
Madison Beach Hotel
October 19, 2017
6 - 11 pm
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


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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