Exhibit on view through October 2018

Exhibit explores important contributions–and struggles–of town’s black residents from earliest settlement to present.

Produced in community partnership with TEAM Westport, town’s diversity action committee

Remember Westport’s Enslaved Peoples


Friday, May 11th, 2018 – Wednesday, October 31st, 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… …Read More

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


Sunday, May 20th, 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… …Read More

Destination Westport: Industrial Boomtown Walking Tour


Saturday, June 2nd, 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. …Read More

“A Documentary History of the United States” Author Discussion


Tuesday, June 19th, 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. …Read More

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


Saturday, June 23rd, 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. …Read More

Time Travelers Summer Camp


Monday, June 25th, 2018 – Friday, August 24th, 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! …Read More