Samuel Schmitt, author of the newly published Images of America Book — Silvermine will be at the Norwalk Historical Society's Mill Hill Historic Park for a celebratory lecture on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. His talk — Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History and Beauty — is sponsored in part by the Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners and the Silvermine Community Association.

Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.

Light refreshments will be served. Mill Hill Historic Park is at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk. There will be signs for parking.

Silvermine, which includes portions of Wilton, New Canaan, and Norwalk is rich in history. It evolved from a small mill town during the 18th and 19th Centuries to a vibrant artist colony. In the early 20th Century, artists came to the area, attracted by the scenery, proximity to the art scene in New York, and the old mills which proved ideal studios.

These artists formed the Silvermine Guild, a haven for art of all kind. The high quality of the work of the early Silvermine artists compares favorably with the members of the better known colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob. On view in the 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, where the lecture will be presented, is a new salon-style art exhibition, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, which features the works of many Silvermine Guild artists from the early to mid-20th Century.

Schmitt is executive director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation in Wilton, which seeks to further the legacy of his grandfather, the early Silvermine artist Carl Schmitt. He is the author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty.

These artists formed the Silvermine Guild, a haven for art of all kind. The high quality of the work of the early Silvermine artists compares favorably with the members of the better known colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob. On view in the 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, where the lecture will be presented, is a new salon-style art exhibit, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, which feature the works of many Silvermine Guild artists from the early to mid 20th century.

Information: norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, or 203-846-0525.