Programs

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Chats on the Past: Inside Westport’s Famous Artists School

Chats on the Past: Inside Westport’s Famous Artists School

Virtual Event

Friday, June 25, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us for a Live discussion with the last owner of the Famous Artists School which closed in 2016, Magdalen Livesey and Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum,

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Destination Westport: Women's Coalition

Destination Westport: Women’s Coalition

Walking Tour

Saturday, June 26, 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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Tuesday Treasure: Raise the Flag

Tuesday Treasure: Raise the Flag

Virtual Event

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

As we all prepare for the 4th of July, join the museum in look at some of the vintage flags in the permanent collection. See flags belonging to groups like

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Destination Westport: The Path of Patriots Independence Day Cemetery Tour

Destination Westport: The Path of Patriots Independence Day Cemetery Tour

Walking Tour

Friday, July 2, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

On July 8, 1779, during the war for Independence, British soldiers attacked Green’s Farms, burning buildings to the ground. Learn about Westport’s role in the American Revolution, by visiting the gravestones of those who served during the war for Independence

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Destination Westport: The Path of Patriots Independence Day Cemetery Tour

Destination Westport: The Path of Patriots Independence Day Cemetery Tour

Walking Tour

Friday, July 2, 2021

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On July 8, 1779, during the war for Independence, British soldiers attacked Green’s Farms, burning buildings to the ground. Learn about Westport’s role in the American Revolution, by visiting the gravestones of those who served during the war for Independence

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Destination Westport: The Path of Patriots Independence Day Cemetery Tour

Destination Westport: The Path of Patriots Independence Day Cemetery Tour

Walking Tour

Saturday, July 3, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

On July 8, 1779, during the war for Independence, British soldiers attacked Green’s Farms, burning buildings to the ground. Learn about Westport’s role in the American Revolution, by visiting the gravestones of those who served during the war for Independence

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Chats on the Past: Heidi Hanson

Chats on the Past: Heidi Hanson

Virtual Event

Friday, July 9, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us for a Live discussion with Trumbull-based costume designer Heidi Hanson. Hanson will discuss her work in creating fabulous costumery for theater

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Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Walking Tour

Saturday, July 10, 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 Walking Tour Series

Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Walking Tour

Sunday, July 11, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

How well do you know the history of Westport? Everyday locations around the town have a rich past but many don’t know the true extent of the history surrounding them. Explore several locations around Westport

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Tuesday Treasure: Postcards

Tuesday Treasure: Postcards

Virtual Event

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Who hasn’t bought a souvenir postcard to send to a relative or hold onto as a keepsake? See some of the cards crafted for Westport through historyincluding iconic buildingsfamous happenings and disasters. 

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Destination Westport: Evergreen Burial Ground

Destination Westport: Evergreen Burial Ground

Walking Tour

Saturday, July 17, 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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Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Walking Tour

Sunday, July 18, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

How well do you know the history of Westport? Everyday locations around the town have a rich past but many don’t know the true extent of the history surrounding them. Explore several locations around Westport

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Chats on the Past: Van Gosse

Chats on the Past: Van Gosse

Author Discussion

Friday, July 23, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us for a Live discussion with Van Gosseauthor and professor of History at Franklin & Marshall College. Gosse will discuss his book, The First Reconstruction:

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Destination Westport: Hidden History, Black Stories

Destination Westport: Hidden History, Black Stories

Walking Tour

Saturday, July 24, 2021

10:00 am - 11:30 am

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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Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Walking Tour

Sunday, July 25, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

How well do you know the history of Westport? Everyday locations around the town have a rich past but many don’t know the true extent of the history surrounding them. Explore several locations around Westport

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Tuesday Treasure: Kick up Your Heels

Tuesday Treasure: Kick up Your Heels

Virtual Event

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Shine up your shoes and take a look at some of the fabulous footgear held in the museum’s collection! Peek at some pumps, behold baby boots, and discover the dyes used to make them. 

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Destination Westport: Women's Coalition

Destination Westport: Women’s Coalition

Walking Tour

Saturday, July 31, 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

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Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Walking Tour

Sunday, August 1, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

How well do you know the history of Westport? Everyday locations around the town have a rich past but many don’t know the true extent of the history surrounding them. Explore several locations around Westport

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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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Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Destination Westport Walking Tour Series

Walking Tour

Sunday, August 8, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

How well do you know the history of Westport? Everyday locations around the town have a rich past but many don’t know the true extent of the history surrounding them. Explore several locations around Westport

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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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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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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. 

...Read More
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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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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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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