Programs

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Exhibition Series: The Air We Breathe

Book Group

Tuesday, November 12, 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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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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Thanksgiving Gingerbread-Baking Workshop

Take & Make History

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Nothing quite heralds the holiday season like the delightful smell of gingerbread baking in the oven. First brought to the New World by English colonists

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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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“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” 

Pages Through The Ages

Sunday, November 17, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

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Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, yet through sheer force of character he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a leading spokesman for his people. 

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“Scan Artist” How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked

Author Discussion

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The 1950s and 60s, in America was an era of record-setting, many sought ways to process information as quickly as possible. An ambitious middle-aged woman offered a solution that would alter reading education for decades to come.

 

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

Free Event

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Free program located at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Hoskins Hall

 

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.

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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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Tuesday Treasures

Free Event

Tuesday, December 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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Plum Pudding Workshop

Take & Make History

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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No dessert says “Christmas” quite like plum pudding. This delectably moist, dessert, heady with the flavor of  brandy, is a Victorian tradition that recalls the charming holidays of yore.

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Town Tree Lighting and a Visit with Santa

Holly Days

Thursday, December 5, 2019

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of WM’s Holly Days Series!

After Town Hall lights the holiday tree on the front lawn pop across the street to Westport Museum for an evening of holiday cheer! Warm up from the cold with a cup of hot cocoa donated by our friends at Starbucks!

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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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Private Salon with Charles Dickens

Special Event

Saturday, December 7 - December 8, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy an intimate evening with Mr. Charles Dickens while he presents his classic yuletide tale: A Christmas Carol. Delight in the holiday exhibitions at the museum with seasonal refreshments before chatting with Mr. Dickens about his beloved story. Come as a couple’s night out or reserve as a unique holiday office party! 

 

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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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Jingle Bell Rock Family Day: Special Appearance by Santa Claus!

Holly Days

Saturday, December 14, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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We’re gonna rock around the museum! Bring the whole family to discover the diverse holiday traditions Westporters celebrate. Take part in a variety of crafts and activities, take a ride through town in a horse drawn carriage, and sit for a silhouette as a holiday gift.* Finally, get a selfie with Santa!

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Saugatuck Socials: A Christmas Carol

History Happy Hour

Thursday, December 19, 2019

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

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First Light Festival

Special Event

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Join Westport Museum for a night of family fun on New Year’s Eve for events at the museum and around town. The 2nd Annual First Light Festival celebrates the dawning of the New Year and will include many of the beloved activities that Westporters and visitors have enjoyed in years past including carriage rides, face painting, tarot readings, a warming fire, live music and much more!

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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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“Dragon Lady: The Life of Sigrid Schulz” Exhibition Opening 

Free Event

Monday, January 20, 2020

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Be among the first to experience Westport Museum’s newest exhibit “Dragon Lady” exploring the life and legacy of Westporter Sigrid Schulz.  

 

Born in Chicago in 1893, war correspondent Schulz was bureau chief for Central Europe The Chicago Tribune in the years leading up to World War II and the first woman to hold that position for a major news service.

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