Programs

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Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Walking Tour

Saturday, August 24, 2019

9:15 am - 11:30 am

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Imagine it’s the summer of 1920. Westport is a sleepy farm community that lures New York’s most glamorous couple-F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald—to its shores. 

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Tuesday Treasures

History Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Ever seen “Mysteries at the Museum” or “Night at the Museum”? Now’s your chance to see the highlights of your very own local museum!

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Genealogy FUN-damentals Series: Services—to buy or not to buy?

Genealogy FUN-damentals Series 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Brown bag your lunch and learn the basics of DIY Genealogy from acclaimed WHS’ Archives Manager Sara Krasne!

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“Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital”

Pages Through The Ages

Sunday, September 22, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discuss Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky in connection with our exhibition Taking the Cure: Public Health 1880-1960

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Saugatuck Socials: Westport Op Ed

History Happy Hour

Thursday, September 26, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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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 Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories.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 and share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the

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Destination Westport: In the Footsteps of Patriots

Walking Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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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Exhibition Series: The Air We Breathe

Book Group

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series 

A new series! Join a docent-led tour of our current exhibition followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit. Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussions. 

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Art From The Beyond: Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Ever wondered why you shouldn’t walk on a grave? Or why there are so many skulls on tombstones? 

 

Join WHS Director of Programs and Education Nicole Carpenter on an eerie tour of the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Learn what urns, willow trees and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you meander through the cemetery. 

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Pages Through the Ages: The Woman’s Hour

Pages Through The Ages

Sunday, October 20, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Located at Westport Public Library

 

Discuss The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. Soon to be a major television event, the 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. 

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Genealogy FUN-damentals Series: Visiting a Collections Institute

Genealogy FUN-damentals Series 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Brown bag your lunch and learn the basics of DIY Genealogy from acclaimed WHS’ Archives Manager Sara Krasne!

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Hall of Fame: Votes for Women

Free Event

Thursday, November 14, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. 

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Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Connecticut

Author Discussion

Thursday, November 21, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Author and historian Marty Podskoch’s latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. 

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Hall of Fame: Women and War

Free Event

Friday, December 6, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Women have been involved in military conflicts from the beginning of time; some as warriors, some as spies and others who made the munitions or simply called for peace.

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Exhibition Series: The Last Year of the War

Book Group

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series 

A new series! Join a docent-led tour of our current exhibition followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit. Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussions. 

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Saugatuck Socials: Yule Stories

History Happy Hour

Thursday, December 19, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories.

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Genealogy FUN-damentals Series: Independent Researchers & Temples of Hidden Knowledge

Genealogy FUN-damentals Series 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Brown bag your lunch and learn the basics of DIY Genealogy from acclaimed WHS’ Archives Manager Sara Krasne!

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