Where Westport Meets the World

Two New Exhibits at Westport Historical Society

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.

Tuesday Treasures at Westport Historical Society

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

Saugatuck Socials: Westport Op Ed

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.

Barks, Brews and BBQ

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.

Westport, CT

When: Sunday August 25, 2019 from 1 – 6pm

Sponsorship Opportunities are available:

🐾Tickets on sale now

Annual Shorefest Fundraiser for Friends of Sherwood Island Friday 9/6 from 6-9


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

Westport Woman's Club Awards 2019 RUEGG GRANT to Aspetuck Land Trust

The Westport Woman’s Club’s Ruegg Committee presented their 2019 Ruegg Grant, in the amount of $10,000, to Aspetuck Land Trust to help sponsor their “Green Corridor: Saugatuck to Shore" program, focusing on "Westport: A Model of Change." This WWC grant will be used to educate and motivate homeowners to take care of their yards in more sustainable ways to increase biodiversity and improve the environment by ...planting native plants, switching to organic lawn care, and reducing pesticide usage. The land trust is developing two model native landscape demonstration sites in Westport: one at Earthplace, and another at the land trust’s Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve on Green Acre Lane. This effort to educate Westport residents will involve workshops and partnerships with Westport non-profits, as well as local businesses. Aspetuck Land Trust shares, "Every homeowner can make a difference by taking care of their yards in more sustainable ways.”

Founded in 1966, Aspetuck Land Trust is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is the preservation and conservation of open space, including farm and forestland, and the natural resources located thereon, primarily in the towns of Easton, Weston, Fairfield and Westport, for the benefit and education of the public. Their vision is "to create a healthier community by establishing a Green Corridor that connects and engages our communities and safeguards our land, wildlife and water resources for future generations." To learn more, visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org.

The Westport Woman’s Club, established in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds for charitable purposes. Capital for its Ruegg Grant was provided by a 1995 endowment bequest by member Lea Ruegg, with the stipulation that the WWC annually award the grant to a deserving non-profit or service organization for an important initiative in the arts, education, or health and safety. Past Ruegg Grant beneficiaries include Wakeman Town Farm, Westport Astronomical Society, Project Return, Earthplace, The Westport Police Department, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Connecticut, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, Nursing and Home Care, Westport Center for Senior Activities, Interfaith Housing Association, Mercy Learning Center, Toquet Hall, Clasp Homes, Westport Weston Family Y, and ITN Coastal CT.

Westport Woman's Club Accepting Clothing Donations for Fall Tag Sale

The Westport Woman's Club is currently accepting donations of clothing for its October 2019 Clothing Tag Sale.  Tax deductible donations of new or gently-worn women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as accessories (shoes, handbags, scarves, hats, jewelry, etc), are now welcomed through October 18.  Please drop off donated items any weekday (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm) at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT). 

Funds raised from this Clothing Tag Sale will help support the Food Closet for the Town of Westport, many local charities throughout Fairfield County, and need-based student scholarships. 

Save the dates of Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 (10am – 3pm) and Sunday, October 27 (12pm – 3pm) for this year’s anticipated WWC Clothing Tag Sale.  For more information, call 203-227-4240 or email wwc@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.

Staples Class of 69 Reunion: Brunch at the Beach

Staples Class of 1969 is having its 50th Reunion on September 6-8.  Go to Staples1969.com for details and sign-up.

Staples Class of 69 Reunion - Tour of Staples and Lobster Dinner at Minuteman Yacht Club

Staples Class of 1969 is having its 50th Reunion on September 6-8.  Go to Staples1969.com for details and sign-up.

Staples Class of 69 Reunion - Weekend Warm-up at the Duck

Staples Class of 1969 is having its 50th Reunion on September 6, 7, and 8.  The weekend starts at the Duck on Friday night, where alumni pay no cover charge to enjoy the B-Side Band playing Woodstock favorites.  On Saturday there's a tour of Staples as well as Lobster/Steak dinner at the Minuteman Yacht Club at Compo.  We finish with Brunch at the Beach (Compo) on Sunday morning.  Go to Staples1969.com for all details and sign-up.