Programs

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Westport Sanitarium Walking Tour  

Walking Tour

Sunday, October 20, 2019

9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Tickets $8-15

 

Though the buildings are long gone, the site of the Westport Sanitarium—one of two in Westport—still tells the story of public health.

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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, a 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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Second Annual: Night at the Haunted Historical Society

Spooktober

Saturday, October 26, 2019

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Our beloved signature Halloween Event is back with spooky scenes and scary stories from Westport’s actual history. Play ghoulish games, purchase sinister souvenirs and take some petrifying photos before taking a guided tour through the haunted house! 

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

Free Event

Thursday, November 7, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Free program located at Fairfield History Museum and History Center

 

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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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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“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 location TBD

 

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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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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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 on a carriage ride, and sit for a silhouette as a holiday gift.* Finally, get a selfie with Santa!

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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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