The New Milford Public Library will present "Our New Milford, An American Town," a monthlong event featuring a variety of historical programs, in May.

The highlight of the celebration will be a program with Ken Burns, legendary documentary filmmaker, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Suitable for those 12 and older, "Sharing the American Experience" will be followed by a question-and-answer session at New Milford High School on Route 7 South.

The ticketed event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Union Savings Bank and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

For updates, including ticket information, visit www.newmilfordlibrary.org.

Following is a list of other May programs:

Michael-John Cavallaro, a local historian and author, will speak about the existence of slavery in New Milford during colonial times and discuss the research for his book, "Tales of New Milford: Slavery, Crime and Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier," May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

The library's Young Adult Council will present historical cemetery tours featuring prominent New Milford figures May 3 at 8 p.m at the library, where costumed guides will lead patrons to Center Cemetery.

Damien Cregeau, a member of the Connecticut Order of the Founders and Patriots of America and past president of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth Branch, will discuss the Revolutionary War with those 12 and older May 4 at 2 p.m. at the library.

A program about New Milford during the Civil War will take place May 5 at 2 p.m. at the library with Walter Powell, adjunct instructor in the graduate program in applied history at Shippenburg University.

The New Milford Historical Society will present a program about the tobacco industry in town May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a program about the first church on the Village Green, for those 12 and older, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the library with the Rev. Michael Moran, pastor of the First Congregational Church.

A murder mystery party, "Murder at Candlewood Lake: Who Killed the Journalist?," will take place May 10 at 7 p.m. at the library.

Educators from the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington will present a program about the woodland people who inhabited the New Milford area before the first contact with Europeans on May 11 at 2 p.m. at the library.

"Genealogy for Kids," a program for children in grades four to six, will take place with Sue Ford, children's services librarian, May 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.

The New Milford Historical Society will present a program about the hat industry in town, for those 12 and older, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Sue Ford and Margaret Kistinger, reference/information services librarian, will present a family program of New Milford stories May 15 at 6:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. at the library.

Library director Carl DeMilia will present a program, "Who We Were, Who We Are," focusing on the town's history and status, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the library.

A program about the restoration of the Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville for ages 12 and older will be presented by Jeff Edelstein May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

The history of Gaylordsville will be the focus of a program with Richard Kosier, president of the Gaylordsville Historical Society, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the library.

The library will host a concert by the Danbury Mad Hatters Barbershop Chorus on May 24 at 7 p.m. at the library.

For more information and registration, call the Main Street library at 860-355-1191 or visit www.newmilfordlibrary.org.