Programs

Remember Westport’s Enslaved Peoples

Events

Friday, May 11 - October 31, 2018

All Day

As part of the  “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport” exhibit, WHS is memorializing the names of over 200 enslaved persons who made up an essential, but often overlooked part of our Town’s History.  Each name will be inscribed permanently on a brick in our Brickwalk.  Please sponsor a brick for $20 which covers cost of brick and installation at no profit to WHS.  

 

Upon the close of the exhibit in October 2018 we’ll invite the brick sponsors to an unveiling of this forgotten roster of names as a permanent part of Westport Historical Society. To order, click here.

 

 

 

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To Be Re-Scheduled: Author Book Talk, Slaves of Central Fairfield County

Events

Sunday, May 20, 2018

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This event will not take place this Sunday and will be re-scheduled. The new date will be posted soon!

 

 

Author and Newtown Town Historian, Daniel Cruson will discuss his groundbreaking book The Slaves of Central Fairfield County that reveals the harsh reality of slavery in the North  by presenting a comprehensive picture of rural slavery in 18th and early 19th century Connecticut. From the framework of everyday life including the relationship between enslaved person and owner, housing and dress, to the role of slaves and free African Americans in the Revolution that hastened the demise of slavery in Connecticut, Cruson’s accessible and intriguing rendering of slave life in central Fairfield County fascinates and informs.  

Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. Suggested Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Register online here.

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Destination Westport: Industrial Boomtown Walking Tour

Tours

Saturday, June 2, 2018

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As early as the 18th century the Saugatuck River running through the center of downtown river, presented a commerce “highway” that encouraged trade and the growth of industry.

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“A Documentary History of the United States” Author Discussion

Events

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alexander Heffner will discuss the tenth anniversary publication of his and Richard D. Heffner’s book, A Documentary History of the United States

 

A Documentary History tells the story of how America was forged through the documents, speeches, and letters created by the country’s most impactful figures.

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Destination Westport: In the Footsteps of Patriots, Kings Hwy Tour

Tours

Saturday, June 23, 2018

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rescheduled from May 12th

 

This tour will be an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s.

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Time Travelers Summer Camp

Events

Monday, June 25 - August 24, 2018

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Kids, travel back in time this summer!  Three special week-long sessions to dive into Westport’s unique history. Come to one or all three!

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