The Berlin Historical Society was founded and incorporated in 1966. Its founding members established this mission:
“To preserve Berlin’s past and educate people about our town’s illustrious history.”
To enable this mission, the Society hoped to open and operate a local Museum to display artifacts and disseminate information about Berlin.
From the inception, the Society collected artifacts from local Berlin patrons as well as purchasing items that exemplified Berlin’s past.
After 27 years of collecting artifacts, in December, 1993, the Berlin Historical Society opened the Berlin Historical Society Museum. Located in the old Peck Library building on the corner of Peck and Main Streets in Kensington, the Museum remains there today.
25+ years later, Berlin Historical Society continues to operate its Museum; it owns and operates the 1771 House, including “Esther’s Garden” and research center. It has a museum barn annually at the Berlin Fair. With growing active membership, the Society offers more programs and events to preserve and share Berlin’s rich cultural history.