Westport’s First Selectman, Jim Marpe, will proclaim April 2017 “American Revolution Month” in recognition of the 240th anniversary of The Danbury Raid when the British landed at Compo Beach and raided Patriot supplies in Danbury. WHS will feature an exhibit at Wheeler House, 25 Avery Place from April 1 to April 29. Opening reception: April 2 from 3 to 5 pm.
On Thursday, April 6, from 7 to 8pm, Robin Jaffee Frank, chief curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, will talk at Westport Historical Society about the role of art in swaying public opinion in the colonies in favor of the Revolutionary War and how it also helped our ancestors forge a sense of their national identity.
On Tuesday, April 18 from 7 to 8 pm, as part of the Westport Historical Society’s observance of American Revolution Month in Westport, Jonathan Bennett Walker, now retired and living in Pennsylvania, will tell how his research revealed that the family stories about the American Revolution were misleading at best. Walker recently finished a novel, “A Certain Cast of Light.”
On Thursday, April 20, from 12 to 1 pm, walk back in time to the turn of the 20th century with Town Curator Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, as she talks about The Minute Man Monument and its unveiling in 1910 as a commemoration of the colonists’ heroic efforts in the Danbury Raid.
Get in the spirit of Spring! Register now for the 39th annual Minute Man Race, brought to you by the Westport Young Woman’s League. Join us for a morning of exercise and family fun. The course begins and ends at scenic Compo Beach in Westport, weaving you around the historic Minute Man statue.
April 2017 is “American Revolution Month” in recognition of the 240th anniversary of the Danbury Raid. To help celebrate, Ed Hynes will present a lecture at Westport Historical Society on Wednesday evening, April 26, from 7 to 8 pm.
Spring Ball – fabulous evening of dancing and entertaining