Avon


Nora Howard - Town Historian


Nora Oakes Howard
Nora Oakes Howard grew up in Avon. She attended Renbrook and Westledge Schools before gaining a B.A. in American Studies from Hampshire College. Subsequently Nora earned an M.A. from George Washington University and worked at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History as a Research Fellow. She also worked as Executive Director of Wethersfield Historical Society and has many years of close association with the Avon Historical Society.

Ms. Howard has written and published extensively on local history topics. Her research and writings have earned her awards from the American Association for State and Local History and the Connecticut League of Historical Societies. Her publications on Avon history include: Images of America: Avon, Avon, Then & Now, and Catch'd on Fire: The Journals of Rufus Hawley 1763-1812. Please see our Gift Shop page for more of Nora's published works.

Books by Nora Oakes Howard (click image to enlarge).
In 2000 Avon named Nora Oakes Howard as Town Historian, a valued role to help answer questions from the public about Avon’s history. Nora currently serves as historian for Avon Congregational Church in addition to working closely with Avon Historical Society’s president to obtain donations to the archival and artifact collections of Avon.