Stamford 375 Years Strong
Schedule of Events
As the city of Stamford embarks on a yearlong Celebration of its 375th Anniversary, it is with pride and pleasure that I invite you to join in the many activities planned for this special occasion.
There is much to recognize and celebrate about Stamford. It is a city that excels in its diversity, its commerce, its education, its arts and culture, and its history. This history, the focus of our tribute, is replete with people and events that have shaped our community: who we are, what we stand for, where we aim to be, and how we can achieve equality, freedom, and success for all our citizens.
As a result of our past, we are now poised to make Stamford an extraordinary city. I encourage you to participate in the commemoration of our city’s heritage. CELEBRATE OUR PAST…REJOICE IN OUR PRESENT…IMAGINE OUR FUTURE.
Many thanks are due all the organizations and volunteers working together to ensure the success of this endeavor.
Mayor David Martin
Download the print brochure (pdf) here.
May 14-15 and October 15-16
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Live demonstrations of Colonial Era life featuring the Connecticut 5th Regiment at the Harvest Festival in October. Farm animal and equipment exhibits! Hands-on craft activities for one and all! It’s happening at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during their Spring on the Farm Festival, May 14-15, 2016, and Harvest Festival, October 15-16, 2016, 11am to 3pm.
Third Saturday of each month 10am-1pm
Mill River Park
History and Nature Scavenger Hunt
Do you know the location of the dam Stamford’s first colonists constructed? How about the site where George Washington crossed the Mill River? What flora do you think the earliest settlers encountered?
Answers to these and other fascinating questions can be had by bringing the family to Mill River Park and joining the 375 Scavenger Hunt. Test your map, orienteering, and trivia skills. millriverpark.org
Strawberry Hill Ave
The New School @ Strawberry Hill
Stamford Public School District is proud to introduce a new school at 200 Strawberry Hill (the old Sacred Heart campus). This new school is an extension of Rogers International School, which is an inter-district International Baccalaureate (IB) K-8 Magnet School. In the Fall of 2016, the school will open with 240 students, grades K-1. The new school will increase by one grade level each year, growing to a K-8 school with an enrollment of 900 students. stamfordpublicschools.org
Ferguson Library/Stamford Historical Society/ Government Center
Stamford Through the Years
What takes up three floors of the Ferguson Library; includes 375 years of events in government and politics, art and culture, religion, education, commerce, and immigration; and traces the development of Stamford? It’s the colorful and informative Timeline that will be installed at the Ferguson Library during the fall of 2016!
The Timeline will be available for viewing starting fall 2016 and throughout the yearlong Celebration. Also look for satellite displays at the Stamford Historical Society and the Government Center.
Do you have a Stamford story? If so, then visit the Ferguson Library’s Technology Lab to share it and make it part of the library’s digital archives. Starting in September, both past and present Stamford residents are invited to tell their stories and take home a digital recording of the event. Residents are also encouraged to bring in their keepsakes—photos, letters, souvenirs, and more—to be scanned and photographed.
Avon Theatre Film Center
Lights! Camera! Action!
Screening of Boomerang which was filmed in Stamford in 1947.
1pm to 4pm
Ye Olde Post Office on 421 Atlantic Street
Join us for a retrospective tour of one of the most beautiful historic post offices. The afternoon will include a video presentation of Stamford’s postal history and the exciting plans for the future use of this historic building.
1pm and 3pm
American Revolution at Fort Stamford
Ever wonder what life was like in Stamford during the latter part of the American Revolution? Here’s your opportunity to experience early U.S. history through an evocation of life at Fort Stamford.
The exciting live performance will feature songs, stories, and scenes of Colonial Stamford, inspired by the firsthand account of Private Jonathan Rathbun, a 17-year-old member of the volunteer militia stationed at the Fort to protect the town.
Performances will be held at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Fort Stamford Park on Westover Road. Bring a chair and plan on having a thrilling afternoon.
1pm to 3pm
Cove Island Park grove
Stamford Girl Scouts will be hosting for K-5th grade children a 375th birthday party.
2:30pm – Stamford Historical Society
Hoyt Barnum House Rededication
One of the oldest houses in Stamford is “on the move.” The Hoyt Barnum House, built in 1699, will occupy its new location in North Stamford come this Fall. Its rededication w.ill be rescheduled.
Join Mayor Martin, Stamford Historical Society members, and neighbors in an apple-cider toast and preview of the house. The relocation process will be documented in photos on view for visitors.
Stamford’s History Center will feature a special exhibit of images, documents, and artifacts from post WWII to the present in honor of Stamford’s 375th Anniversary.
12pm Stamford Downtown
UBS Parade Spectacular Float
Can Stamford Downtown’s UBS Parade Spectacular get any more spectacular? We think it can, but you can decide for yourself on Sunday, November 20, 2016, when Stamford 375 Years Strong unveils its celebratory float.
Other Exciting Events
Dates and Times TBD
Honoring Famous Residents
Features in the Stamford Advocate
People are at the heart of 375 years of Stamford history. They are the engines of progress, innovation, achievement, and success.
Some of these people are celebrated on the national or international stage for their roles in public service, commerce, the arts, or education. Others are pioneers in Stamford’s development, making critical contributions to its growth.
Discover who many of these honored residents are. Learn when and how they contributed to Stamford’s history. Meet merchants and manufacturers; politicians and philanthropists; clergy and corporate giants; farmers and financiers; athletes and artists. You’ll find it all in “The Advocate” and at stamford375.org
What does the future hold for our fair city? Where do you see Stamford in 25 years? Share your prognostications about any and all aspects of life on our website.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Hay Fields and Basket Makers
Enjoy a new interpretive exhibition relating the history of farmers and basket makers in North Stamford from 1800 to 1900 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Through didactic panels, photographs, and the Museum’s collection of agricultural tools and equipment, learn about the vibrant, collaborative community of High Ridge, whose craftspeople contributed to the growing economy of Stamford.
HOME: An Interactive Public Art Installation
on Homelessness and the Need for Affordable Housing.
The city of Stamford, local artists and Stamford community organizations, New Neighborhoods, Inc. and Shelter for the Homeless, have worked with participants of all ages to create a physical representation of a house called HOME. Comprised of 375 illustrated, corrugated boards that form the outside of the structure, it will be installed in the spring of 2016 at a location TBD.
3pm – Old Town Hall
For colonial settlements throughout the 13 original colonies, religious faith was a cornerstone. The founding of Stamford in 1641 reflects this principle.
Join members of the community in inaugurating the yearlong tribute to Stamford’s history. Attend the Opening Ceremony at Old Town Hall and be a part of the wreath-laying Ceremony at Veterans Park on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3pm. Help kick off our Celebration of Stamford, a diverse community dedicated to the personal equality and true freedom of all its citizens.
Stamford Public Schools
Children attending public and preschools in Stamford will be participating in the 375th Celebration in a variety of ways. Preschoolers will be drawing “I am a citizen of Stamford, and this is what I look like.” Their art will be exhibited in the Public School Gallery in the Government Center. Elementary school children will render art of their Favorite Place in Stamford, selections of which will comprise a calendar. Middle school students will be collecting 375 items of food from each school for the Food Bank-Lower Fairfield County as part of a community service project. High school students will compete to create a 30-second video spot that will be featured on the 375th Celebration’s website (stamford375.org)
UPDATE! The Results are in for the Food Drive! Stamford Public Schools collected over 1,000 pounds of food for the Food Band of Lower Fairfield County! Thank you to all our schools!
Dolan Middle School 398 pounds
Rogers 279 pounds
Rippowam Middle School 222 pounds
Turn of River School 94 pounds
Cloonan Middle School 73 pounds
Stop and Smell the Rosea
Courtesy of the DSSD “Garden Groomers,” 375 white and red Vinca Rosea were planted in Veterans Memorial Park to celebrate Stamford’s 375th Anniversary.
Saturday, July 9
DOORS OPEN STAMFORD, Neighborhood History Tour
Historic Neighborhood Preservation presents DOORS OPEN STAMFORD, a one-day event to celebrate the richness of downtown’s historic places to commemorate the 375th anniversary of our city’s settlement. DOORS OPEN STAMFORD grows out of HNP’s free self-guided tour of downtown’s historic architecture and landscapes that tell the story of where we have been and where we are going. Tours run throughout the day beginning at 9:00 am. Please stop by the Ferguson Library on Saturday, July 9 for a guide (or download here) and schedule of tours in our landmark buildings. Schedules will also be posted in advance on hnppinc.org
Saturday August 27
Harborfest Fireworks Celebration
Join Mayor Martin and the city of Stamford as we celebrate our 375th Anniversary with a fireworks display over Long Island Sound. stamfordct.gov
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