In the years leading up to the Nineteenth Amendment, Addie Hunton (1866-1943), Eleanor Egan Franklin (1879-1925) and Helen S. Harmon-Brown represented the diversity of positions women brought to the issue of women’s suffrage during a tumultuous decade.
Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 pm for a fascinating look at this topic. Through the parallel lives of these three women, this discussion with Westport author Dr. Sharmistha Roy Chowdhury highlights the contestations of ideals and the forgotten politics of race and class in the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Addie Hunton was one of the first African American women recruited by the YWCA and volunteered in 1918 to serve segregated African American soldiers in France. Hunton’s support for women’s rights to vote merged with her war experiences and took her towards the politics of Pan-Americanism. Eleanor Egan Franklin was a war reporter whose war travels eventually tempered her anti-suffragist outlook. Helen S. Harman-Brown was the editor of The Reply, the New Canaan-based anti-suffragist magazine and remained ardently anti-suffragist.
There is no charge for this event, however reservations are recommended. Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.
Join the staff of the Westport
Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30pm as they showcase objects from
our collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind
some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our
There is no charge for this event, however reservations are recommended. Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served.
Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8pm as you enjoy an evening at sketching a live model in period costume and enjoy a drink on us! Hear a brief introduction about the costume being worn by our model and then have time to sketch or paint.
An easel and stool for each attendee and limited drawing materials will be provided, all other materials are to be brought with the participants.
A flat fee of $5 per participant. Please register online at www.westporthistory.org to reserve your spot or call (203) 222-1424 x5.
Please join us as we mark the longest night of the year and the passage into winter with this sacred and ancient tradition.
A time for deep reflection, letting go, and setting intentions for the new year, at Winter Solstice we celebrate the return of the light and renew our hope for the future. For those who wish, we are beginning at 4:00 pm with a short Worship Service to cast the circle and call in the light followed by a walking of the Labyrinth from 4:30-7:00.
Guidance will be provided to those who are new to the practice of walking the labyrinth. In the lobby, there will be tables for quiet reflection, materials for reading about the solstice/labyrinth and meditative coloring and finger labyrinth pages.
Do hope and joy feel out of reach? Are you sad, struggling, overwhelmed, uninspired, or in a daze? You are not alone!
Join our service of hope and healing for all who seek comfort in the Christmas season. We offer a space to rest, reflect and find solace in a gathering of God's people. You are invited to join us for a service of music, prayer and silence by the glow of candlelight, as we acknowledge the many emotions of the season.
Toast President Washington on his 288th birthday with his favorite libation and nibbles! Join Westport Museum on Sat., Feb. 22, from 6 to 7:30pm, as we serve ale made from Washington’s own recipe as well as Madeira–his drink of choice. Food that the first president would have enjoyed will be served.
There will also be drawings to win a growler of Presidential Ale and a signed copy of Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram’s historical novel The General’s Cook, about George Washington’s enslaved celebrity chef, Hercules.
Tickets are: $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Day of price is $35.
Reservations are recommended, purchase tickets online at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.
Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wed., Feb. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, for a free Drop-in program to create a valentine for a friend, family member or partner! Suitable for all ages, this free program encourages each of us to send a token of appreciation to someone we care about. We also encourage cards to be left with us to bring to a local senior center to share the love.
In our parlor learn a bit more about greeting cards sent during the Victorian period and the secret love language of the fan.
Registration online is recommended at www.westporthistory.org; there is no charge for this program.
Be among the first to experience Westport Museum’s newest exhibit “Dragon Lady” exploring the life and legacy of Westporter Sigrid Schulz. Join us on Monday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30pm for the opening. Light refreshments will be served.
Born in Chicago in 1893, war correspondent Schulz was bureau chief for Central Europe The Chicago Tribune in the years leading up to World War II and the first woman to hold that position for a major news service. Fluent in German, Schultz was stationed in Berlin where she witnessed the rise of the country’s National Socialism (Nazi) Party and was acutely aware of the danger the party and its leader, Hitler, posed to the world. Filing her most sensitive stories from various European cities under a pseudonym so as not to jeopardize her entrée behind the scenes of the Third Reich, Schulz was a masterful investigative reporter, and her dispatches provided critical intelligence about Germany’s wartime plans. Nazi party leader Herman Göring called Schultz “the dragon lady of Chicago” and attempted to eliminate her more than once. After being wounded in an Allied Air Raid, Schulz returned to the United States to reside in Westport with her mother, remaining in the town for more than four decades until her death.