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The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s mission statement includes three priorities:

1) to house, publicize and share local genealogical archives;

2) to house, publicize and share historical and educational resources covering area themes including but not limited to railroading, iron ore industry, Revolutionary War, Civil War

3) to preserve, publicize and display significant examples of local area architecture, period pieces, textiles and artwork. The Society’s overall purpose is to preserve and hand down Canaan (Falls Village), North Canaan and the surrounding area's history for use and appreciation of future generations.


The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, Inc. has regular Board meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM, at Geer Village in North Canaan. The public is welcome to attend the meetings.


The Annual Dinner & Meeting is held on the third Thursday in May at Geer Village. A brief business meeting consisting of the election of officers, a guest speaker, and a buffet dinner takes place at this meeting. It is open to the public.


The Historical Society owns the former Falls Village Railroad Depot, 44 Railroad Street, Falls Village. It houses the archival material and museum and is the Society's office.

The Historical Society also owns the South Canaan Meetinghouse, 12 Route 63, Falls Village. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is used for lectures, the annual Peddlers Flea Market, and available for use for weddings and memorial services.


The Historical Society maintains the Beebe Hill Schoolhouse on Beebe Hill Road in Falls Village. It is available for tours during the summer months on Saturday mornings.


The Historical Society works closely with North Canaan Town Historian Kathryn Boughton, who oversees North Canaan's historical documents and photographs at the former Catherine Roraback Law Offices, Main Street, North Canaan.


News and updated information can be found on the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society's

Facebook page.


Officers & Board Members 2018-2019

President: Judy Jacobs, 2020, 824-7893, 824-5861, P.O. Box 185, Falls Village or

Vice Presidents: Ruth Adotte & Larry Bulson

Treasurer: Richard Heinz, 2020, 860-824-7730, Point of Rocks Rd., Falls Village, CT 06031 Email:

Recording Secretary: Kay Blass, 2019, 860-824-7259, 127 Barnes Rd., Falls Village Email:


Corresponding Secretary: Cheryl Aeschliman

Archivist & Curator: Mary Margaret (Midge) Cortesi, 2019. 860-482-3696, 267 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 Email:


South Canaan Meetinghouse Curator: Cheryl Aeschliman


Curators: 2019


Falls Village Depot: Mary Margaret (Midge) Cortesi, 60-482-3696, 267 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 Email:


South Canaan Meeting House: Cheryl Aeschliman, 824-5607, 283 Rte. 63, Falls Village Email:


Beebe Hill Schoolhouse Curator: Bill Beebe


Assistant Curator: Kay Blass, 824-7259, 127 Barnes Rd., Falls Village Email:



Frank Hadsell, 2020, 824-5254, 63 Dublin Rd., Falls Village, CT 06031 Email:

Pat Graf, 2020, 860-824-7134, 39 Pease St., Canaan, CT 06018 Email:

Bunny McGuire, 2020, 860-824-5900, 21 Reed St., P.O. Box 95, Canaan, 06018 Email:

David Jacobs

Mary Lu Sinclair. 2020, 824-7454, 201 Undermountain Rd., Falls Village, Email:

William Beebe, 2019. 824-7378, P.O. Box 31, Falls Village Email: or

Tim Abbott, Tracey Wilson & Chuck Lemmen

Standing Committee Chairmen

1 year term: all expire 2019

Program Committee: (annual dinner) Cheryl (Chair), Lillian, Judy

Public Relations Committee: Judy, Mary Lu, Midge

Editorial Committee: Judy, Kay, Dick

Membership Committee: Midge, Mary Lu, Bunny, Sally, Pat

Building & Grounds Committee: Bill, Larry, Terry, Dick

Grant Writer: Kay, Judy

Appointed Committees:

Museum Committee: Judy, Midge, Sally, Cheryl, Lillian, Kay, Dick, Mary Lu

Tuesday at 7: Cheryl, Judy, Jeremy, Sally, Ruth

Peddlers Flea Market: Judy, Chuck, Jeremy, Lillian, Kay, Cheryl, Chuck, Bunny, Pat, Midge, Dick

Food/Refreshments: Bunny, Pat

Technology: Dick, Paul

Runners: Sally, Lillian, Kay, Bunny, Midge

Cleaning: Midge, Sally, Bunny, Cheryl, Judy, Bill, Pat

Bookkeeper: Linda Paviol 860-824-7808 Email: 

Web Designer: Deb Segalla:

The Society also owns the New Haven caboose that is a landmark in the downtown area of Falls Village.


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