Since the renovation and expansion of the Avon Free Public Library, the Avon Historical Society manages requests to use the glass display cases and adjacent areas outside the Marion M. Hunter History Room. This secure area is very popular with local community groups. Reservations for this space are made by contacting the Avon Historical Society and providing a brief synopsis of what the display will feature. Bookings are typically made 12 – 18 months in advance to secure a two month slot.


At the time of this writing, future scheduled displays include: “T’was the Night Before Christmas” – A Family’s Collectables from the Early 20th Century (Nov. - Dec. 2017); “The Civil War Submarine H.L. Hanley and its Connection to Connecticut History” (Jan. - Feb. 2018); “Edgar Maurice Woodford – Surveyor, Civil War Veteran, Abolitionist” (March - April 2018); “Historic Farmsteads and Homes of Avon” (May - June 2018); and “Early Water-powered Mills of Avon” (July - August 2018).


Recent displays have included artifacts from WWII and the Vietnam War respectively; “A Square in the Quilt of Avon’s History”; the devastation at the Derrin House following the fire on May 11 2016; mechanized warfare in WWI; a history of the girl guides in Avon; and rarely seen items from the archives of the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards (the oldest continually serving cavalry unit in the USA). The Society’s new banners featuring “Moments in Avon’s History” were also on view in the cabinets, following their launch in July 2017.


The Hadsell Brothers: Avon in Photographs & Words, 1899 to 1919

October 10 - November 29, 2017

Featuring selections from The Clinton B. Hadsell Glass Plate Negative Collection and the Diaries of Frank M. Hadsell.

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