Programs

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Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Walking Tour

Saturday, August 7, 2021

9:15 am - 11:30 am

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 Treasure: Compo

Tuesday Treasure: Compo

Virtual Event

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Cannons and pavilions and bathing suits, oh my! Hear more about the objects associated with Westport’s beloved Compo beach. Why would cannon balls be found under the sand? 

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Destination Westport: Hidden History, Black Stories

Destination Westport: Hidden History, Black Stories

Walking Tour

Saturday, August 14, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Traverse downtown Westport and learn the hidden African American history of Westport, based on the Museum’s award-winning exhibit Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport. Trained guides reveal the untold stories of the region’s Black community from colonial times through today.

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Chats on the Past: Anna Redding

Chats on the Past: Anna Redding

Virtual Event

Friday, August 20, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us for a Live discussion with Anna Redding, Emmy Award–winning journalist and author of Rescuing the Declaration of Independence.

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Destination Westport: Evergreen Burial Ground

Destination Westport: Evergreen Burial Ground

Walking Tour

Saturday, August 21, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Survey the resting place of past Westporters and learn their stories as you meander through Saugatuck Congregational Church’s Evergreen Cemetery. Discover gravestones belonging to everyday citizens as well as prominent individuals and families. 

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Tuesday Treasure: Judah Family

Tuesday Treasure: Judah Family

Virtual Event

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Uncover the story of one of the first recorded Jewish families in Westport. Hear of their escape from persecution in 18th century Manhattan, their connection to Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, and eventual rest in the oldest cemetery in town. 

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Tuesday Treasure: Back to School

Tuesday Treasure: Back to School

Virtual Event

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Eyes up front and pencils out for the history of select items related to Westport’s, and Connecticut’s, educational system. What product made the slate industry boom? And who were “E.A.” and “L.A.” that carved their names into their school supplies that are now part of the Museum’s collection? 

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Connecticut's Hidden History: 1640-1848

Connecticut’s Hidden History: 1640-1848

Virtual Event

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

This University of Connecticut Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course explores notable events and periods in Connecticut history through untold or unknown stories of the people and places which participated.

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Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Walking Tour

Saturday, September 11, 2021

9:15 am - 11:30 am

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: Evergreen Burial Ground

Destination Westport: Evergreen Burial Ground

Walking Tour

Saturday, September 18, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Survey the resting place of past Westporters and learn their stories as you meander through Saugatuck Congregational Church’s Evergreen Cemetery. Discover gravestones belonging to everyday citizens as well as prominent individuals and families. 

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Tuesday Treasure: Let There Be Light

Tuesday Treasure: Let There Be Light

Virtual Event

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Light has always been of the utmost importance, whether lighting a darkened colonial house or a factory floor. Hear more about the various forms of illumination that Westport residents used in the past.

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Destination Westport: Women's Coalition

Destination Westport: Women’s Coalition

Walking Tour

Saturday, September 25, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Celebrate women’s history in the museum’s newest downtown strollLearn about the business owners, activists and largerthanlife ladies who shaped Westport into the town that it is today. 

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Dragon Lady, Sigrid Schultz Live Performance

Dragon Lady, Sigrid Schultz Live Performance

Live Performance

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hear the incredible story of Sigrid Schultz—portrayed by local actress Linda Hudson—as she recounts her life as Bureau Chief of The Chicago Tribune’s Berlin office during the second World War.

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Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

Spooktober

Saturday, October 2, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Join WM Programs & Collections Director Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches 

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Tuesday Treasure: Dolls & Figurines

Tuesday Treasure: Dolls & Figurines

Spooktober

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Heard of Annabelle and Chucky? While these infamous dolls are not held in the museum’s collection, we do have numerous figurines from previous Westport residents. View these dolls and decide for yourself whether you would have liked one in the past.

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Destination Westport: Westport Sanitarium

Destination Westport: Westport Sanitarium

Spooktober

Saturday, October 9, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Though the buildings are long gone, the site of the Westport Sanitarium—one of two in Westport—still tells the story of public health. Follow our docent through the park and discover the tales

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Destination Westport: Westport Sanitarium

Destination Westport: Westport Sanitarium

Spooktober

Saturday, October 9, 2021

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Though the buildings are long gone, the site of the Westport Sanitarium—one of two in Westport—still tells the story of public health. Follow our docent through the park and discover the tales

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Chats on the Past: Roseanne Montillo

Chats on the Past: Roseanne Montillo

Author Discussion

Friday, October 15, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us for a Live discussion with author Roseanne Montillo, author of The Lady and Her Monsters. Montillo will discuss their book, The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer

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Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

Spooktober

Saturday, October 16, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

Join WM Programs & Collections Director Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches 

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Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

Spooktober

Saturday, October 16, 2021

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

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

Join WM Programs & Collections Director Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches 

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Tuesday Treasure: All Hallows Eve

Tuesday Treasure: All Hallows Eve

Spooktober

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Who knows what awaits those brave enough to join the museum for a showcase of the eeriest objects held in the collection. Take a peek at an Art Nouveau disinfectant, pieces from a webby wardrobe and other Halloween related items.

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Mr. Washington Irving Reading, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Mr. Washington Irving Reading, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Spooktober

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The ghostly apparition of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, has been resurrected for a special reading of his frightful tale about the Headless Horseman.

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Destination Westport: Westport Sanitarium

Destination Westport: Westport Sanitarium

Spooktober

Saturday, October 30, 2021

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Though the buildings are long gone, the site of the Westport Sanitarium—one of two in Westport—still tells the story of public health. Follow our docent through the park and discover the tales

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Tuesday Treasure: Native Artifacts

Tuesday Treasure: Native Artifacts

Virtual Event

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Connecticut has been inhabited for over seven thousand years by Indigenous peoples, who left behind artifacts found centuries later. Hear more about the local Paugussett tribe and stone pieces found throughout Westport dating back thousands of years.

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Tuesday Treasure: Bradley-Wheeler House Paintings

Tuesday Treasure: Bradley-Wheeler House Paintings

Virtual Event

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Through the years many artists have chosen to make Westport their home. Many of these artists–both professional and hobbyist have used the Bradley-Wheeler house as inspiration.

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Jingle Bell Rock & Outdoor Winter Market

Jingle Bell Rock & Outdoor Winter Market

Free Event

Saturday, December 4, 2021

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This family-friendly event will bring the holiday spirit to downtown Westport. View our gingerbread village of local buildings, enjoy the warming fire and some pre-packaged goodies

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Tuesday Treasure: Heritage Tree Ornaments

Tuesday Treasure: Heritage Tree Ornaments

Virtual Event

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Experience the joy of the season by viewing ornaments created by local artists, as a part of the Westport heritage tree. Get a closer look at pieces created by Naiad Einsel and Hardie Gramatky. 

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A Christmas Carol Live Dramatic Reading

A Christmas Carol Live Dramatic Reading

Holly Days

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mr. Charles Dickens reads A Christmas Carol, his classic yuletide tale of holiday redemption. Join us on our exclusive YouTube stream to hear this rousing performance to get in the holiday spirit. 

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Tuesday Treasure: Winter Solstice

Tuesday Treasure: Winter Solstice

Virtual Event

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere is celebrated with family gatherings, feasting and festivals. Discover the items in our collection related to the coming winter such as velvet capes, holiday postcards and a parlor stove. 

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