A Gallery Dedicated to “The Knockers”
When you visit the New Canaan Historical Society, you’ll find The Silvermine Room, a a gallery dedicated to “The Knockers.” This early group of Silvermine artists met weekly in Solon Borglum’s barn and later its members formed the Silvermine Guild.
Since 1889, the New Canaan Historical Society has carried out its mission “to bring together and arrange the historical events of the town of New Canaan, the genealogies of the families who have lived in the town, to form a library and to collect relics and curiosities, to form a museum.” We are honored and proud that they have devoted a room and ever-changing exhibits to the rich history of Silvermine.
Visit The New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
phone 203 966-1776
Check out the current exhibit in The Silvermine Room at the New Canaan Historical Society
John Vassos – A Man of Many Talents
Did you know that one of Silvermine’s own has work in the Smithsonian archives? Maybe you’ve seen the Silvermine Map by John Vassos hanging in the Silvermine Market or on the wall at a neighbor’s house? You’d be surprised at some of his other famous industrial designs that you have come across like the turnstiles in the NYC subways, Coca-Cola vending machines, famous fifties diners and the RCA logo. The original sketches for the Silvermine Map along with more work by Vassos can be seen online at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Check it out!
Vassos died in December 1985 at the age of 87. He was respected around the world as an artist, industrial designer, illustrator, inventor, interior designer, and architect.