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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 the Depot or Meetinghouse (summer). The public is welcome to attend the meetings.


The Annual Dinner & Meeting is held in May. 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The Historical Society works closely with North Canaan Town Historian Kathryn Boughton, who oversees North Canaan's historical documents and photographs at the former Catherine Roraback Law Offices, Main Street, North Canaan.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

President: Judy Jacobs

Vice Presidents: Ruth Adotte & Larry Bulson

Treasurer: Richard Heinz

Recording Secretary: Kay Blass

Corresponding Secretary: Cheryl Aeschliman

Archivist & Curator: Mary Margaret (Midge) Cortesi


Falls Village Depot: Mary Margaret (Midge) Cortesi

South Canaan Meeting House: Cheryl Aeschliman

Beebe Hill Schoolhouse Curator: Bill Beebe

Assistant Curator: Kay Blass




Frank Hadsell

Pat Graf
Bunny McGuire

David Jacobs

Mary Lu Sinclair

Tracey Wilson

Barbara Riley

Kathy Ducillo

Jill Godburn

Bookkeeper: Linda Paviol

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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