October 27, 2019 | Lecture | Vampires of New England

posted Oct 25, 2019, 8:22 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 26, 2019, 1:08 PM by Julie Johnston ]


In 1990, two young boys playing in a Connecticut quarry made a startling discovery, which led to an even more frightening revelation — evidence of a vampire scare in early New England.

Hear the chilling true story, Vampires in New England, with Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut’s Archaeologist Emeritus, as he presents this year’s Historical Halloween at the Darien Historical Society on Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m. 

Cost: $20 for members; $40 for non-members. 

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Click here to register.

November 17, 2019 | Exhibition & Talk | Shards of History Norwalk Pottery Display

posted Oct 25, 2019, 8:16 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 26, 2019, 1:07 PM by Julie Johnston ]


A spittoon, beer bottle and milk pan are part of a unique collection of Norwalk Pottery items featured in the exhibition “Shards of History” at the Darien Historical Society. 

The display features several stoneware and redware pieces manufactured in Norwalk during the 1800s, when that city was known throughout the United States for producing top-quality pottery. 

“Glazed pottery items were once as ubiquitous as Tupperware is today,” said Richard Prowse, who with Tracy Goodnow, loaned the pieces to the Museum and co-curated the exhibition.

October 29, 2019 | Story Time | Spooky Stories to Tell in the Dark

posted Oct 24, 2019, 10:19 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 7:41 AM by Darien Historical News ]


Are you afraid of the dark? Join librarians from the Darien Library on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm for an evening of bone-chilling stories at the Darien Historical Society! 

We will share the stories on the front lawn of the Bates-Scofield House Museum so please dress warmly. Don't forget to bring a blanket and flashlight. This evening's stories will increase in spookiness as it gets darker. Light refreshments will be served. Families with children ages 7 and up.

October 20, 2019 | Annual Meeting | Darien in 1820

posted Oct 10, 2019, 1:33 PM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 7:22 AM by Darien Historical News ]


The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Darien Historical Society will be held on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. and will feature the talk DARIEN 1820. 

Next year, the town will celebrate its Bicentennial. Society Historian Ken Reiss describes the unprecedented changes affecting the daily lives of people living here two centuries ago. 

Please call 203.655.9233 to register.

October 27, 2019 | Lecture | A Historical Halloween: Vampires in New England

posted Oct 10, 2019, 6:49 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 8:18 AM ]


In 1990, two young boys playing in a Connecticut quarry made a startling discovery, which led to an even more frightening revelation — evidence of a vampire scare in early New England.

Hear the chilling true story, Vampires in New England, with Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut’s Archaeologist Emeritus, as he presents this year’s Historical Halloween at the Darien Historical Society on Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 for members; $40 for non-members.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Click here to register.

October 4, 2019 | Champagne Reception | How the Industrial Revolution Created the Gilded Age

posted Sep 13, 2019, 10:22 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 9:38 AM ]



Fashion from the era that Mark Twain famously dubbed “The Gilded Age” will be the focus of our upcoming exhibition showcasing extravagant gowns from an era synonymous with unabashed wealth. 

Please join us for a champagne reception to mark the opening of “How the Industrial Revolution Created the Gilded Age,” on Friday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North.

Tickets: $50 members, $65 non-members 

Space is limited | Registration is required
 
The exhibit will run through January 22, 2020.

May 16, 2019 | Meet the Author | Christopher Wigren

posted Apr 30, 2019, 8:32 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated May 3, 2019, 11:23 AM ]


Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places

Our state boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished 19th-century factories.  Christopher Wigren, deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will highlight the structures that demonstrate Connecticut's architectural diversity. 

Co-sponsored with Barrett Bookstore. Book sale and signing to follow the program.

This program is free. To reserve a seat, please register online here, at Barrett Bookstore, or call 203.655.9233 for information.

May 18, 2019 | Display & Reading | Ambulance 255: Spirit of the American Volunteer

posted Feb 27, 2019, 8:29 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 8:20 AM ]


We will have a 1916 Ambulance outside the Society starting at 11 a.m., and at 2 p.m. there will be a dramatic reading from letters of WWI ambulance drivers with George King, III and Jeffrey Klinger, PhD.

Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. (rain date is May 19)

Tickets: $10 members, $20 non-members 

April 4, 2019 | Lecture | America Calls: Mobilizing Artists During the Great War

posted Feb 26, 2019, 9:24 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 8:20 AM ]


Please join us for a lecture on WWI propaganda with Robin Jaffee Frank, Silvermine Art Center's Director of Strategy & Development. Former Yale Curator, Robin was Curator for the New-York Historical Society's exhibition on the Great War. 

Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. | Tickets: $10 members, $20 non-members

Space is limited | Registration is required

March 15th, 2019 | Champagne Preview Reception | Over Here: Darien's WWI

posted Feb 23, 2019, 2:16 PM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 8:20 AM ]


Please join us for a champagne preview reception for our newest exhibition illuminating Darien’s experience during the Great War.

Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 members, $40 non-members

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