Programs

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Memorial Brick Installation

Special Event

Sunday, June 30, 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

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The Burning of Green’s Farms Family Day

Special Event

Saturday, July 13, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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

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Tavern Night

Special Event

Saturday, July 13, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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. 

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Saugatuck Socials: Bastille Day

History Happy Hour

Thursday, July 18, 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 Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories.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 for a drink

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Pages Through the Ages Discussion “The President is a Sick Man”

Pages Through The Ages

Thursday, July 25, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Discuss The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth by Matthew Algeo.

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Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Walking Tour

Saturday, July 27, 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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Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Walking Tour

Saturday, August 10, 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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Pages Through the Ages Discussion: American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Pages Through The Ages

Monday, August 19, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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To compliment the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit about George Hand Wright, discuss American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon. George Hand Wright was an illustrator who moved to Westport in 1907 during the Golden Age of Illustration. He was not a part of the Famous Artist School (that’s in the 1940s), but he was definitely central to the artist community that was growing at the turn of the century. He worked in pastel and watercolors as well as etching.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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