Where Westport Meets the World

Saugatuck Socials: Yule Stories

The Westport Museum of History and Culture began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, to 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. 

Celebrate the inclusive festive spirit of the season with recitations of Yule stories from various backgrounds. 

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. 


Exhibition Series: The Last Year of the War

Come to the Westport Museum for History and Culture for a new series! Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series begins on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

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. The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question. 

In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas where the only thing that makes the camp bearable for Elise is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. 

Before our discussion, tour our special month-long exhibit Pearl Harbor, exploring the local connections to the war following “a day that will live in infamy”. 

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. 

Genealogy FUN-damentals Series: Services—to buy or not to buy?

Come to the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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 paid service. 

Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, but handouts of materials will be available in limited quantities.

Other dates in the series are: Jan. 8, 2020, and Mar. 11, 2020.  $15 each session.

Pre-registration recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Director of Marketing - Local Fashion Company : Persifor.com

Persifor.com, established in 2012, has been manufacturing and distributing custom women's apparel through persifor.com and to hundreds of boutiques.  The position requires a self starter to take the lead on all marketing efforts in both digital and traditional formats; such as the creation and the management of the paid social ad program, promotional activity, web loyalty program, google analytics, direct mail and email platform.   Office is located locally and willingness to work in a small, fast growing and entrepreneurial setting is required.  Experience in Shopify, Google Analytics, FB ad manager, and Klavio is a plus.  Please send resume to careers@persifor.com . 

Hall of Fame: Women and War

Join the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm as the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present a fascinating program about women and war.

Women have been involved in military conflicts from the beginning of time; some as warriors, some as spies and others who made the munitions or simply called for peace.

Connecticut women are among the finest and bravest who have stood for their cause –sometimes defying gender norms, and often without the recognition they deserved. CWHF Inductees prove that women are just as tough as men and will inspire others to shatter gender barriers. Learn about a teenager who helped save Danbury during the Revolutionary War, how Harriet Beecher Stowe sowed the seeds of conflict leading to the Civil War, and how Margaret Bourke-White’s photography brought civilians face to face with the war front for the first time. 

Artifacts related women’s contributions to war from the museum’s collection will be on display. 

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. 

Suzuki Schools' Spooky Concert

On October 27th join Suzuki Music Schools at Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road East, right next door to our Westport campus, for our annual Halloween event packed with music, costumes, and games for the entire family. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Game tickets are available in advance at www.suzukischools.org

Susan Werner Returns to Westport’s Voices Café

Susan Werner returns to Westport’s Voices Café on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00pm.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Please CLICK HERE to purchase ticktes.

Celebrated as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years.  

For the Voices Café audience that will mean musically evocative “paintings” from her 2017 Cuban flavored collection “An American In Havana” and, from her most recent album appropriately titled “NOLA- Susan Werner Goes to New Orleans”.  When she plays you can literally close your eyes and see the images that inspire her music.

It’s no surprise that The Chicago Tribune wrote that she is, “One of the most innovative songwriters working today.”

After over a dozen albums singer-songwriter Werner has confirmed her reputation as an artist as changeable as the weather and in a good way, as she has the ability to effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, pop, gospel, Tin Pan Alley, chamber music, and Americana all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwest charm.

Pamela Means will be opening for Susan.  Her songs, although sometimes musing on softer matters of the heart, are often rallying cries for justice and racial equality, including “Color of the Skin,” (Plainfield, 2016) a response to the Michael Brown Jr. grand jury decision.

Pamela has won numerous awards for her work, including Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “#1 Most Wanted New Artist, OutMusic’s “Outstanding New Recording Female” (Single Bullet Theory), Boston Music Award Best Contemporary Folk Nomination, Indie Gods of Guitar Competition Silver Award and Top 100 honors in 2015 NYC GO! Magazine. Oregon Live proclaimed Pamela’s vocals as “hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger.”

Seating at Voices Cafe is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, david@uuwestport.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14.  Doors open at 7:30.



For Immediate Release

Contact: Chabad of Westport 

Phone: 203-226-8584

Website: Chabadofwestport.com



Israel in a Changing Middle East 

A security overview and how Israel can continue to secure itself despite growing challenges in the region.


[Westport,CT , October 24th] Chabad of Westport will be hosting Yaakov Katz on October 24th. Yaakov Katz is Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post. His topic for the night, Israel in a changing Middle east. 

The event is open to the public. Admission is 180$ for VIP’S  and 36$ for general admission.

Our People. Our Nation. Our Land. Yaakov Katz will bring you up close and personal with Israel. Educate and stand in support with our Holy Land. Inspire and connect with some of the brave individuals who help keep our country strong.

Yaakov Katz is Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post, Yaakov is also  the author of “Shadow Strike – Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power”, which tells the inside story behind Israel’s bombing of a nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007. 

Katz is also the co-author of "Weapon Wizards - How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower" and “Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War”. “

Katz served for close to a decade as the paper's military reporter and defense analyst and was a faculty member and lecturer at Harvard University where he taught an advanced course in journalism. He also served as correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly in Israel for five years.

Prior to taking up the role of Editor-in-Chief, Katz served for two years as a senior policy adviser to Israel’s Minister of Economy and Minister of Diaspora Affairs.

Chabad of Westport serves the communities of Westport, Wilton, Weston and Norwalk. The Chabad Center formerly known as The Three Bears, has now been transformed into a center of experience, timelessness, tradition, heritage, and culture.

If you would like more information about this event, please call us at 203-226-8584 , or visit our website at www.chabadofwestport.com

The Marketing Genius of Donald Trump: A Professional Assessment hosted by AMA Southern Connecticut and presented by Mediassociates

Come see what happens when professional marketers and political scientists analyze the marketing strategy of U.S. President Donald Trump. 

On Thursday, Oct. 17, in Stamford, Conn., the American Marketing Association Southern Connecticut Chapter will host a panel of experts for a serious discussion of how Trump exemplifies changes in media, public communications and political discourse. Whether you're a fan or foe, it is undeniable that Trump has revolutionized modern marketing:
  • Immediacy in communications, in which organizations can now connect directly to millions.
  • Positioning one's brand and de-positioning competitors.
  • Mobilizing followers to build positive or negative sentiment.
  • Analogs between modern political systems and new marketing dynamics.
  • Changes in voter and consumer belief systems -- and lessons for marketers on how they must respond.
Panel experts will include:
  • Ian Shapiro, Ph.D., Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. Ian's recent book "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself," co-written with Frances Rosenbluth, was recently profiled in The New Yorker.
  • Aaron Weinstein, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Fairfield University.
  • Nicole Desir, brand strategist and founder at NOA Groupe.
  • Ben Kunz, EVP strategy at Mediassociates and president of the AMA Southern Connecticut Chapter.
Event is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront facility Workpoint, 290 Harbor Drive, Stamford, starting with networking, wine and hors d'oeuvres followed by panelists and public Q&A. We anticipate a large turnout so please purchase tickets early. Tickets are $25 for American Marketing Association members and $30 for nonmembers; the public is invited.

New Exhibit at Westport Museum for History and Culture: Becoming Westport

From the humble farmer to internationally famous robber barons, Westport is a town built by the contributions of many over the centuries. Like other New England coastal villages, Westport started out as an agricultural community that quickly diversified into trade, then evolved with commerce and industry into a factory town and, eventually, a bedroom community for nearby New York City.

Over its nearly four centuries of settlement, the area that would become Westport has been home to native people, European colonists, enslaved African Americans and immigrants from around the world. Its bucolic settings and beautiful beaches have lured artists, vacationers, health seekers and commuters. 

Becoming Westport explores all aspects of the archetypes of those who collectively built the town including The Farmer, The Laborer, The Cleric, The Merchant, The Revolutionary, The Entrepreneur, The Artist and The Performer.

The exhibit will be on view through June 30, 2020. 

Admission for exhibit: adults: $5; students & seniors: $3; members & children 10 and under: Free

Visit our website for more information and hours: www.westporthistory.org