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Westport Sanitarium Walking Tour  

Walking Tour

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Tickets $8-15   Though the buildings are long gone, the site of the Westport Sanitarium—one of two in Westport—still tells the story of public health. …Read More

Pages Through the Ages: The Woman’s Hour

Pages Through The Ages

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Located at Westport Public Library   Discuss The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. Soon to be a major television event, a WestportREADS selection for 2020, the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.  …Read More

Second Annual: Night at the Haunted Historical Society


Saturday, October 26th, 2019

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Our beloved signature Halloween Event is back with spooky scenes and scary stories from Westport’s actual history. Play ghoulish games, purchase sinister souvenirs and take some petrifying photos before taking a guided tour through the haunted house!  …Read More

The History of Segregation and Affordable Housing in Fairfield County, Part One

Free Event

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Free program located at Fairfield History Museum and History Center   Connecticut is one of the most segregated states in the country due to a long history of public and private actions. Please join us to explore this history and its consequences in this two-part series hosted by the Fairfield and Westport Museums in partnership with Open Communities Alliance, TEAM Westport and the First Church Congregational of Fairfield. …Read More

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  • We All Scream!

    We All Scream!

    It’s October or “Spooky Season” as my teenage daughter likes to call it. There is good fun in getting a good fright. After all, who doesn’t love a good scream from time to time? Here at the Museum, we host Spooktober, a month of programming paying homage to the creepy and sinister events that are the hallmark of this time of year. From our resurrection of author Washington Irving to retell his …Read More »
  • What’s In a Name?

    What’s In a Name?

    In a world where things change so rapidly, one can always depend on history to comfortingly, placidly stay the same—right?  Wrong.  In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.   It is only the facts of the past that remain unchanged. The truth of what happened, when, who was involved, who gained and who lost—these facts are irrefutable. Whether those facts are accurately retold—or told from all perspectives—is another matter entirely.   It’s an important …Read More »