Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Oxford Historical Society, Inc.

  • Oxford, CT
  • www.oxford-historical-society.org

Mission Statement

Local History Preservation. The purpose of the Oxford Historical Society, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and encouraging community interest in the history of Oxford, Connecticut. We seek to ensure that present and future generations can share in and understand their rich heritage.

Main Programs

  1. Local History Museum

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Service Areas

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Connecticut

Oxford, Connecticut, with emphasis on agricultural and mill history that interests people from surrounding towns as well.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.

Keywords

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History, preservation, agriculture, mills, farming, gardens

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EIN

34-2030150

 Number

6819145412

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Annual programs for all Oxford second grade students at the Homestead or in school. Annual Peach Festival featuring history of the Hale Peach Farm and more than a hundred local historic photos. Held regular Museum Hours, open for free to the public on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month from 2 to 4 p.m., plus available by appointment. Finished work on the preservation and restoration of a historic barn frame loom which will be used in programs for adults and children. Finished work on replacement and restoration of all windows to improve energy-efficiency and to limit UV light to better preserve our artifacts.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Local History Museum

Small museum documenting the history of Oxford, Connecticut

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Oxford Historical Society, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and encouraging community interest in the history of Oxford, Connecticut. We seek to ensure that present and future generations can share in and understand their rich heritage. We seek to expand awareness of local history by:
    • Presenting programs of interest to the public.
    • Serving as a resource for local history education for both adults and children.
    • Encouraging the dissemination of local history information through the news media, publications on local history, and use of the internet.
    • Educating the public on the importance of the preservation and protection of buildings and sites of historic interest.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    • We collect and preserve documents, images, and artifacts representative of Oxford's history.
    • We maintain a museum, library and educational center to house the growing collections.
    • We present local history exhibitions and public programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    • We have a small but dedicated active membership.
    • We seek out grant funding to help us achieve our goals.
    • We attend workshops and other programs to expand our abilities to effectively maintain and operate a museum.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    • Expanding membership
    • Increased attendance at programs
    • Increased visitation at museum
    • Increased community volunteers for continuing repairs and work at Homestead/Museum
    • Increased sales of our local history books and maps.
    • Growth of our artifact collection through purchases and donations.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    • Saved a Colonial farmhouse from demolition by moving it to a new location.
    • Installed heat, plumbing and electricity at the new site, met building and fire codes to have the upstairs certified as caretaker/tenant resident and the first floor as a public museum.
    • Made major repairs to the chimney, and installed new roofing.
    • Established and furnished the farmhouse as a local history museum with changing exhibits.
    • Established twice-monthly open house hours for free museum tours.
    • Provided programs at the Homestead on various topics related to the history of Oxford.
    • Provided programs for all second grade students in Oxford public schools for the past three years.
    • Held successful Peach Festival each year featuring the history of the peach and apple growing industry in Oxford in the early 20th century. Also hundreds of old photos of Oxford were displayed, emphasizing a different theme every year.
    • Published In Those Days, a reminiscence of Oxford, and Oxford History Remembered, a series of short articles about Oxford history.
    • Interviewed many older Oxford residents concerning their memories of Oxford in earlier days. These interviews have been made into DVD format, and are being transcribed for reference.
Service Areas

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Connecticut

Oxford, Connecticut, with emphasis on agricultural and mill history that interests people from surrounding towns as well.

Funding Needs

Pay off remaining debt incurred by house move. Establish a long-term development funding plan. Acquire more space for exhibits and collections storage.

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Operations

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Oxford Historical Society, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.

BIO

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STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are an all-volunteer organization, so we have no paid staff."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Louise Burr

Retired

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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