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Memorial Brick Installation

Special Event

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

To mark the closure of the award winning WHS exhibition “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport” please join the museum for the unveiling of the memorialized names of over 200 enslaved persons …Read More

The Burning of Green’s Farms Family Day

Special Event

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Cannons, dancing and delicacies...oh my! Take part in the Westport Historical Society’s full day of activities memorializing the burning of towns along the Connecticut coast …Read More

Tavern Night

Special Event

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  A special taste of Presidential ale awaits those who enter the museum’s Tavern Night memorializing the burning of the Connecticut coast in 1779. Enjoy colonial fare and music while sipping specialty cocktails made specifically for this event.  …Read More

Saugatuck Socials: Bastille Day

History Happy Hour

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us for a drink …Read More

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Museum Musings : Monthly History Article
  • Art Fraud , A 218-year old Cold Case, and the History Detectives From WHS

    Art Fraud , A 218-year old Cold Case, and the History Detectives From WHS

    By Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director, May 15th, 2019 Those who love history often find themselves thinking about it nearly all the time and in many contexts. Here at WHS our focus is on American history as demonstrated through the local Westport story, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in new discoveries about Ancient Egypt, or 19th Century Europe or Imperial China or the Pre-Colombian Western Hemisphere…you get the idea. It should …Read More »
  • Laughing At Ourselves

    Laughing At Ourselves

    Through the years, the town of Westport has both been home to actors and directors as well as the backdrop for both the big and small screen. Films like The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit from 1956 and 2018’s Land of Steady Habits used Westport as a foil to explore hidden themes of the somber side of suburban life. Outside of town cameos, The Westport Historical Society has had its own …Read More »