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Shop and dine for a cause! Mark your calendar for the 3rd annual "Make Waves Day" for Swim Across America Fairfield County on June 20, with Westport area restaurants and retailers. This annual event is a community fundraising initiative for Swim Across America Fairfield County to help raise funds for groundbreaking cancer gene therapy research with the swim's beneficiary, Stamford-based Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Participating retailers and restaurants contribute a portion of their sales from June 20 to Swim Across America. Look for the Swim Across America balloons at participating stores/restaurants June 20 or visit http://bit.ly/MakeWavesDay2019.
A new series begins Wed., June 19! Join us from 3 to 4:30 pm for 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.
as one of the New York Times Best Books of 2018, this novel follows the early
life of George Washington “Wash” Black, a field slave on a Barbados sugar
plantation, chosen at age 11 as the manservant of his master’s brother, who to
his surprise, turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist.
Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man
across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity
and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin
to see each other as human. The novel won the 2018 Scotiabank
Giller Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Rogers
Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Before our discussion, visit our award-winning exhibit Remembered for a deeper understanding of the contributions of African Americans to Westport and national history.
“Perfectly executed . . . Soaring . . . More than a tale of human bondage, it’s also an enthralling meditation on the weight of freedom, wrapped in a rousing adventure story stretching to the ends of the earth.” —The Boston Globe
This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space online at www.westporthistory.org or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.
Spring is prime foraging season for wild salad greens and pungent ingredients. Join naturalist, Veronica Swain, for an introductory class on the safety and how-tos of sustainable foraging, and take a short walk to sample what nature has to offer. Free event. Registration is required. For additional information visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400.
Come to Westport Historical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1 pm. Brown bag your lunch and learn the basics of DIY Genealogy from acclaimed WHS’ Archives Manager Sara Krasne!
Learn more about the ins and outs of doing family research on your own, resources you’re familiar with along with lesser known avenues of discovery.
The first part will explore the
question—do you need to buy a genealogy service? Pros and cons of services and
comparisons between Ancestry and other companies will be delved into—as well as
introductions to free online resources for which you don’t need to use a
Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, but handouts of materials will be available in limited quantities.
Other dates in the series are: Nov. 13, 2019, Jan. 8, 2020, and Mar. 11, 2020. $50 bundle for all four sessions, or $15 for individual sessions.
Pre-registration recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.
D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history. Join Westport Historical Society on Tuesday, June 25th, from 7 to 8 pm, for a discussion led by the author.
D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of
their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid
bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage
and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an
aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler
had disparaged. Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British,
Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans
for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers
acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were
told it would be.
This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space on our website www.westporthistory.org or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made online. For copies of the book, call the Westport Public Library at 203.291.4821.
While the story of Billy Winters is
known by many, Rhonda Forristall—Curator of the Deep River Historical Society—has
turned up a few surprises through her research.
In her second book Forristall, she tells this incredible story. Join
WHS for this fascinating author talk on Friday, June 14th, from 6:30
to 7:30 pm. This is presented in
conjunction with the exhibit Remembered on view through June 30th.
Born enslaved, Billy Winters escaped
through the Underground Railroad and sought a safe place to live. He found
sanctuary in Deep River and for a time in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Frederick
Douglass and Winters were two of the thousands who sheltered in New Bedford
after self-emancipation between 1840-1863.
Billy told the story of his eventful
life to a reporter for the Deep River New Era shortly before he died in
November of 1900. Using this first-hand account, Forristall was able to trace
his steps and add some details to Billy’s story. Due to the secrecy needed to
protect the operators of the Underground Railroad, and those they were trying
to save, there are very few first-hand accounts in existence.
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.