Save the date for the annual benefit held on September 28th, 2019 at the Westport Historical Society and on Veterans Green!
Join us from 6 to 10 pm to celebrate all we’ve achieved in the past year and help us launch our exciting new future. Enjoy specialty cocktails, live music, gourmet food and a Westport-experience themed silent auction and so much more. VIP sneak preview of our brand new exhibit.
Bid Early On Our Silent Auction
Proceeds from this fundraiser to benefit exhibits & educational programs!
Tickets are $150. Register online at www.westporthistory.org.
Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series begins Tues., Oct. 1 from 3 to 4:30 pm.
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.
In the fall of 1916, America prepares for war―but in the community of Tamarack Lake; the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Prisoners of routine, they take solace in gossip, rumor, and―sometimes―secret attachments. But when the well-meaning efforts of one enterprising patient lead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment.
Before our discussion, tour our new exhibit Taking the Cure to explore public health in Westport’s two sanitariums and how the country managed the welfare of its citizens.
This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space at www.westporthistory.org or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.
Join Westport Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 4pm for a tour that will be an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s.
Originally, Kings Highway North was part of a postal road laid out between New York and Boston in 1762. Kings Highway North was established as a local historic district in 1972 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It encompasses 106 “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the district’s historical qualities – and four historic sites. The historic sites include a small triangular green at the intersection of Old Hill Road and Kings Highway North that was used as a military drill ground.
Ed Gerber, Past President of WHS will be accompanied on the tour by Edward Hynes, a specialist on the history of Westport during the American Revolution. Hynes will discuss the planned ambush by Continental troops under Benedict Arnold to fire cannons from the high ground on Old Hill down on British soldiers returning from a raid on Danbury to prevent them from crossing the river on the bridge below. But the British outsmarted the Colonials and crossed upriver near the site of present Ford Road.
Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Day of admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Reserve your space online at www.westporthistory.org. or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5.
Meet on the green across from the cemeteries at the foot of Old Hill Road; park along Kings Highway North. The tour covers 1-2 miles of sidewalk walking, please bring water and suitable outdoor attire.
The Westport Woman's Club is accepting grant proposals for 2019-2020 from Fairfield County non-profit organizations. Proposals are being accepted until Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Grant requests for projects that will make a continuing difference in the community may be in the form of funds, or a one-time use of the Westport Woman's Clubhouse for an event. Grants are considered each year to deserving organizations in education, health and safety-related programs and in the arts. This past spring, the Westport Woman’s Club awarded community service grants to 34 Fairfield County non-profit organizations.
The 2019-2020 Grant Application is available on the Westport Woman's Club website on their “Community Services” link: https://www.westportwomansclub.org/community-services/
Community groups should submit their proposals by October 31, 2019 to the following address: Westport Woman's Club, Attention: Community Service Grant, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. Grant recipients will be notified Spring 2020 by WWC Community Services.
For additional information, contact the WWC Office at 203-227-4240 or visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org
The Westport Woman’s Club,
organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to
volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational,
charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding
towns. You do not have to be a Westport
Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.
To join, please call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.
Neighbors and Newcomers
1st Day of School
Parent Welcome Coffee
Where: At Compo Beach
Under the Pavilion
beach parking emblem at email@example.com or can be purchased at: Park and Rec office at Long Shore
When: August 27
After school drop-off
8:00am to 10:30am
All are Welcome
Neighbors and Newcomers
Welcoming Families to Westport for Over 40 years
Westport Historical Society is proud to announce two new exhibits which will be on display from Aug. 15 through Nov.17, 2019.
Vision & Dignity: The Art of George Hand Wright, is a retrospective that examines the work and life of the Pennsylvania-born artist who moved his home and studio to the then-sleepy farm town of Westport, Connecticut in 1908.
Noted not only for his illustrations but his etchings and pastel work, as well as for producing war posters for the American government during World War I, Wright managed to portray the dignity of everyday life and everyday people without irony or judgement. With almost journalistic objectivity, the integrity of Wright’s pieces speak strongly to viewers observing his pieces today some one hundred years after they were produced.
Taking the Cure, casts a lens on the social management of mental illness. It is an issue that resonates today and historically to the town of Westport which had two sanitariums for those considered mentally ill. The Westport Sanitarium and McFarland’s Sanitarium both opened in the late 19th century operated in town into the middle of the 20th century. The goal of the exhibit is to spark conversation and consideration among visitors in this time when mental health and welfare has become a pressing national discussion.
Admission: Free to members; $5 non-members, $3 students and seniors
Please visit our website for more information and hours: westporthistory.org.
Ever see “Mysteries at the Museum” or “Night at the Museum”? Now’s your chance to see the highlights of your very own local museum! Join the staff of the historical society on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. WHS will 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 community.
Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under.
Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served.
2019 Schedule upcoming: October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd
Join us on Thurs., Sept. 26th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for the next in our series of Saugatuck Socials.
The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us and share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community. Listen as others present original works or pre-selected pieces from history such as the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address.
Enjoy a series of writings by Westporters from the past looking at topics ranging from Indigenous Peoples to desegregated schools.
There is no charge for this event, however reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served.
The 3rd annual Barks, Brews and BBQ will be held at the Westport VFW on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
Great food, silent auction, raffles, Cash bar, Live music from Third Rail Band & a Name the Puppy Contest!
V.F.W. Post 399
465 Riverside Ave.
When: Sunday August 25, 2019 from 1 – 6pm
Sponsorship Opportunities are available:
SHOREFEST 2019 IS HERE!
Come to our Annual Shorefest
Lobster, steak, salmon, veggies and more, plus our famous Silent Auction and "fishy-wishes". Join us at the pavion of the Sherwood Island State Park for an evening of fun, food, friends and a beautiful atmosphere. Proceeds go to support the many educational programs and services supporting Sherwood Island State Park and the Nature Center. Examples include the 100 Trees for 100 years, program, dune restoration, butterfly garden, purple martin habitat, nature trails and self-guided tour maps, children's programs and much more.
For tickets and information about Shore Fest, visit
For information about The Friends of Sherwood Island, visit www.friendsofsherwoodisland.org