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Where Westport Meets the World

Tuesday Treasure: The War Between the States

A time of great upheaval, when brother fought brother, encapsulated the Civil War. View artifacts and archival materials from this tumultuous period and learn more about the Connecticut men who served at our next Tuesday Treasure, June 2, from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Tuesday Treasures are a Westport Museum programming series showcasing objects from the collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.  

Visit our Facebook page to join this live event! https://www.facebook.com/WestportHistory/


Saugatuck Socials: Women & The Vote

Join us on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 5:30 pm!  Celebrate Women’s History as we continue to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Enjoy readings related to women, both notable and unknown, from our past. 

The Westport Historical Society, now the Westport Museum, began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us virtually for a drink and a nibble while we share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community.

Have a women’s history story of your own? Share it with us online! 

To learn more about this event go to www.virtualhistorywestport.org/events

 


Live Author Talks: Regina Mason

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us this Friday, May 22, from 5 to 5:30 pm, for a Live Author Talk on Zoom with author, Regina Mason, who will discuss her book about her Connecticut ancestor, William Grimes. Grimes escaped slavery in the south and bought his freedom with the power of his own words, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave. Regina will chat about her book and do a live reading then take questions from viewers.

This is a free program but registration is required.  Register by clicking “Save Your Space” on the posting of this event on our website under “Programs.”  We also provide a link for instructions on Zoom Webinars.

*Note: Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.


Live Author Talks: Elizabeth Normen

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us on May 15th from 5 to 5:30 pm for a Live Author Talk on Zoom with author, Elizabeth J. Normen who will discuss her illustrated children’s book, Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut: A True Story of Freedom, the remarkable story of a man enslaved in Africa and sold in Connecticut for some rum and calico cloth but who went on, over the course of his life, to buy his own freedom, that of his wife and children and others. Normen will chat about her research, themes of the book and take questions from viewers.

This is a free program but registration is required.  Register by clicking “Save Your Space” on the posting of this event on our website under “Programs.” 

*Note: Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. 

Elizabeth Normen is publisher of Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut history and two books for students: Where I Live: Connecticut for grades 3-4 and Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut for grades 5 – 8. She co-edited African American Connecticut Explored, a book of 50 essays by 30 scholars about 400 years of African American history in Connecticut published by Wesleyan University Press in 2014. She also contributes to Grating the Nutmeg, the podcast of Connecticut history.


Live Author Talks: Kenneth Davis

Fridays are for fascinating forums! Join us on May 8 from 5 to 5:30 pm for a Live Author Talk on Zoom with bestselling author, Kenneth Davis who will discuss his book about the Spanish flu of the 1910s, More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War. Davis will chat about his research, themes of the book and take questions from viewers.

This is a free program but registration is required by going to our website. Open the Programs tab: https://westporthistory.org/programs/ and click “Save Your Space” for this event.  You will also find a link for instructions on logging into a Zoom Webinars. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. 

Like our programs? We’d appreciate your support! Suggested donation of $5, continues our unique programming.  Donations can be made online via our website.  

 


Tuesday Treasure: Weddings, I Love Weddings!

Join the Westport Museum on Tues., May 19, from 5 to 5:30 for this exciting virtual event on Facebook Live.

By popular demand the Museum is showing off our collection of wedding textiles and objects! Dresses of different periods as well as their traditions are constantly adapting, explore these pieces with the staff of the museum. 

Tuesday Treasures is a Westport Museum program showcasing objects from the collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.  

To learn more about this event go to www.virtualhistorywestport.org/events/


Westport Is Your Oyster

Enjoy fresh harvested oysters and flowing Prosecco at our beloved (now socially distanced!) annual event, this year being held on Sat., May 23, all day. This year we’re going “virtual”. You’ll stop by the museum at an appointed time to pick your dozen oysters and a bottle of Prosecco from our partners, Copps Island Oysters and Black Bear Wines for $30 in a Copps Island oyster bucket along with an oyster knife. Tucked into the basket will be a recipe and passcode to exclusive virtual content including cooking and cocktail videos, virtual oyster exhibits and more!


$30: 1 Dozen Oysters and 1 bottle of Prosecco
Includes a shucking knife and exclusive content code.

 $55: 2 Dozen Oysters and 2 bottles of Prosecco
Includes a shucking knife and exclusive content code.

 $15: 1 Dozen Oysters
Includes exclusive content code.

 To order, visit our website for this event: https://westporthistory.org/events/westport-is-your-oyster/

 

 


Tuesday Treasure: Under the Skirt!

Chemise, stays, stockings, bloomers and petticoats! Glimpse some ankles and learn about the underthings and skivvies of the past. Dispel the myths of corsets, find out how ladies and men manipulated their silhouettes with fashion and get the answer to the fashion mystery of ages: How many layers could really be under those skirts?

Join us for Tuesday Treasures on May 12 from 6 to 6:30 pm.  It is a Westport Museum program showcasing objects from the collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.

To learn more about this event go to www.virtualhistorywestport.org/events/



Tuesday Treasure: Historical or Hoax

The Museum holds hundreds of textiles in their collections, but how do we know if they’re real or not? Take part in an interactive guessing game to learn more about how to identify whether a textile is a reproduction (and safe to wear!) or a true piece of the past. 

Join us on Tuesday, May 5, from 6 to 6:30 pm.  Tuesday Treasures is a Westport Museum program showcasing objects from the collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community.  

To learn more about this event go to www.virtualhistorywestport.org/events/

 


Kings Highway Colonial Cemetery Online Tour (Rescheduled)

Its weathered, ancient stones just visible on the small hill at the corner of Kings Highway and the Wilton Road, Kings Highway Colonial Cemetery contains many 18th century gravestones as well as has the distinction as being part of the high-ground site of where General Benedict Arnold lay in wait with his Continental forces in Westport to attack British regulars returning from the raid on  Danbury in April 1777. 

 

On Sunday, May 3, from 1 to 1;30 pm, take a virtual journey through this graveyard with Nicole Carpenter, Programs Director, to learn more about the residents of this treasure of Westport. 

 

To learn more about this event go to www.virtualhistorywestport.org/events/