About the Litchfield Historical Society

The Litchfield Historical Society, founded in 1856, is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Litchfield, Connecticut, through its museum, research library and historic house. The Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library houses local business and organizational archives, manuscripts and family papers, reference books, and genealogical material. The Tapping Reeve House, built in 1774, and the 1784 Law School interpret the family and home life of Tapping Reeve and his role in the development of American legal training. The Historical Society is a private non-profit organization supported by an active and growing membership.


Supporting the Society's Work

The Historical Society is a private non-profit organization supported by a talented group of volunteers and an active and growing membership. There are many ways that you can support the work of the society. You can adopt an object in our collections and support its restoration, you can donate a collection or the money to purchase a collection. There are also opportunities for planned giving that benefit both you and the society. The Historical Society receives no funding from the Town of Litchfield. We rely on the generosity of our supporters for a large portion of our budget. Your support goes a long way to making our work for your community possible.