Programs

Author Liza Mundy on: Code Girls

Events

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. Her new book The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II  reveals one of World War II’s last remaining secrets

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Night at the Museum

Events

Thursday, March 1, 2018

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What happens when the lights go out at Wheeler House? Only the night watchman knows…or does he? Once the sun goes down on March 1, you can learn about the after-dark doings at one of downtown Westport’s beloved historic landmarks.

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“Community & Country: A Spirit of Service”

Events

Thursday, March 8, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHS presents a film featuring some of Westport military veterans and their stories. Created by Westport filmmaker Jarret Liotta, Community & Country: A Spirit of Service includes interviews with more than 20 local veterans, including Ed Vebell the star of our current exhibit the Curious Case of Ed Vebell, sharing insights into their personal experiences as a part of something that changed their lives forever. 

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Ready, Set, SWING!

Events

Sunday, March 11, 2018

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

It’s all about the brass! Before the boys shipped out to fight the enemy in World War 2, they danced the night away with their best girls to the big band tunes of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Glen Miller.

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On The Menu: Costume Collection Highlight

Events

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

WHS Board members Cheryl Bliss, Collections Committee Chair, and Stacey Danielson, Museum Costume Consultant, will present a “show and tell” of highlights from the museums costume collection. The presentation will feature dresses, shoes, purses, and accessories donated by prominent Westport women

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“Trial of the Century: Nuremberg Trials Lecture”

Events

Thursday, March 15, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 20, 1945, 10 a.m.: In the old fortress prison in Nuremberg, northern Germany, 23 defendants fill the prisoners’ dock in the central courtroom, some of them the elite of Nazi political gangsterdom.

 

The ensuing trials would be an effort to dispense justice in lieu of vindictive retribution. If the world were to have any chance to heal, the Rule of Law would have to prevail. Citing violations of international law such as crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and war crimes, the Nuremberg judges would create for posterity volumes of evidence, court proceedings, and judgments to serve as a model for post-war humankind as a way to build a better world.

 

In the end, Nuremberg produced not the judgment of God or the judgment of history, but humankind’s judgment of its own: an admission that organizations do not start wars or commit atrocities, but people do. And be it a head of state or a lowly military private, nobody should be above the law.

 

Mark Albertson is an historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. A longtime member of the United States Naval Institute, he has authored several books, including USS Connecticut: Constitution State BattleshipThey’ll Have to Follow You!: The Triumph of the Great White Fleet, and On History: A Treatise. Mark is currently at work on another book, Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation.

 

Mark has published numerous articles on issues of history and current events and is an avid speaker on a variety of issues on history. In May 2005, he was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of the battleship USS Connecticut. Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College for the Extended Studies Program and the Lifetime Learners Institute. Learn more at  www.markwriter.com

 

Please register here. Suggested admission: $10 members, $15 non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

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Come Build Westport!

Events

Sunday, March 18, 2018

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

All ages are welcome to Come Build Westport using 70,000 LEGO building blocks!

 

The event, ideal for ages 8 and up, gives families the opportunity to make LEGO replicas of vintage homes and commercial buildings selected by the Historical Society.

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Theater Workshop Series

Events

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Have a flair for the dramatic? Think the stage is for you? Participate in an eight week theater workshop for middle schoolers (age 11 to 14), March 21 through May 9, focused on interpretation and embodiment of historical figures.

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Coffeehouse at The Wheelers’: As Time Goes By with Suzanne Sheridan

Events

Friday, March 23, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Coffeehouse at the Wheelers’, the very popular and ongoing musical series now in its fifth year at WHS is doing something a bit curious on Friday, March 23 when performer and musical director Suzanne Sheridan will perform music of the World War II era to reflect the Society’s current exhibit The Curious Case of Ed Vebell.

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