March 29, 2020 | Lecture | Farm, Family & Faith

posted Mar 10, 2020, 10:15 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 8:01 AM by Margaret McIntire ]



Postponed  — Join Tom Kelleher, historian and curator at Old Sturbridge Village, at the Darien Historical Society's Bates Scofield Homestead, 45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien at 3:00 p.m. as he talks about daily life and national trends in the early decades of the 19th century, when Darien first became an independent town. 

Back then, James Monroe was leading the country, a spiritual reawakening was taking hold and daily life revolved around the rhythms of nature. 

To register for the lecture, click here.  Cost of program: $20 members; $30 non-members.

April 3, 2020 | Opening Reception | State of Inspiration — Connecticut's Art Colonies

posted Mar 9, 2020, 2:33 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 8:02 AM ]



Postponed — As the Impressionist movement took hold in the United States during the late 1800s, Connecticut became a magnet for artists looking for inspiration. 

A new exhibition, State of Inspiration: Connecticut’s Art Colonies, featuring works by the state’s top Impressionists, will open with a Champagne Reception on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society’s Bates Scofield Homestead, 45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. To register for the reception, click here

Featuring over 30 paintings from the collection of Tom and Marianne Davies of New Canaan, the display explores the unique appeal that Connecticut offered to young artists returning to the United States after studying abroad. Many of these artists opted to settle in six communities that evolved into Connecticut’s Art Colonies: Cos Cob, Silvermine, Westport, Old Lyme, Mystic and Kent.

March 20, 2020 | Champagne Reception & Book Launch | Darien 1820 — New Town, New Times

posted Feb 28, 2020, 7:43 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 8:03 AM ]



Postponed  — What was it like to live in Darien 200 years ago? Darien 1820 — New Town, New Times, a new exhibition and commemorative book by Society Historian Ken Reiss, focuses on life in town when it gained independence.

Join us for a Champagne Opening Reception and Book Launch on Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society, 25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. 

To register, click here or call 203.655.9233.

March 17, 2020 | Children's Program | Manners Make the Difference

posted Feb 23, 2020, 10:58 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 8:04 AM by Margaret McIntire ]



Postponed — The Darien Historical Society cordially invites 5 – 7 year olds to join Robin and Ed Poska, Directors of The Cotillion of Fairfield County, to join them on March 17th from 4:30–5:30pm for an action packed, fun filled session of Game Changing Manners. 

Since we all know that “practice makes perfect”, in this 1 hour fun filled, active session, games and role playing will be used to teach and reinforce the Good Manners that will be game changing in your children’s lives. 

Fee: $30 and $20 each additional sibling

February 1, 2020 | Cocktail Reception | Time and Again

posted Jan 13, 2020, 7:57 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 13, 2020, 7:57 AM ]


The Darien Historical Society cordially invites you to celebrate 200 years of Darien’s independence & 100 years of women’s suffrage with us for our opening cocktail reception on Saturday, February 1 from 5-7 p.m.

This program will feature contemporary artists of the Concepts Group sharing their artistic interpretations to mark the year's special anniversaries.

Tickets: $20 for members | $30 for non-members

Click here to register or call 203.655.9233

January 10, 2020 | Ceremony and Reception | Darien's 2020 Bicentennial Kickoff

posted Dec 14, 2019, 5:47 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 9:09 AM by Margaret McIntire ]

NOTICE: TICKETED RECEPTION AT DARIEN ART CENTER IS NOW SOLD OUT 

Please join local dignitaries and neighbors for this special kickoff to Darien’s 200th Birthday!
When: Friday, January 10
What: Slideshow at 6:30 pm | Program at 7:00 pm
Where: Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road
(Snow date: January 11 at 2 pm)
Keynote speaker: Scott Pelley, 60 minutes correspondent and author of Truth Worth Telling
Performances by Darien High School Tudor Singers a cappella group

January 9, 2020 | Children's Program | Manners Make the Difference

posted Dec 14, 2019, 5:19 AM by Darien Historical News


The Darien Historical Society cordially invites 5 – 7 year olds to join Robin and Ed Poska, Directors of The Cotillion Of Fairfield County, for a fabulously fun filled manners lesson on Thursday, January 9th from 4:30-6:00 P.M. 

All good manners begin with Courtesy, Kindness, and Respect. The lesson will include tips on Basic Table Manners, Greetings, Eye Contact, Making Friends. Robin and Ed Poska have been teaching good manners and social dancing to young people in Fairfield County for the past 28 years. 

Cost: $30 per child and $20 each additional sibling. Refreshments will be served.

December 12, 2019 | Children's Program | Crafter-noon

posted Nov 18, 2019, 8:06 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 11:42 AM ]


Decorate a wreath or an ornament during an afternoon event! 

Time: 4-6pm | Cost: $20 | Ages 4 — 14

Please reserve a spot by calling Museum Educator Sarah Lexow Keena at 203.984.1798.

December 6, 2019 | Children's Program | Visit with Santa

posted Nov 18, 2019, 8:03 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 8:03 AM ]


A Bates Scofield House Christmas Tradition! Special Visit With Santa by the Colonial Hearth 

Santa will sit by the colonial hearth from 3-5pm, and children will tell him their special Christmas wishes. Parents - take unique photos to treasure!

Free, but donations gratefully accepted.

December 6, 2019 | Silhouette Artist | Shadows and Light

posted Nov 18, 2019, 7:57 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 7:59 AM ]



Capture a precious moment with a renowned silhouette artist.  These special works of art are created for all ages, and pets, too! 

Time: 11am - 6pm | Cost: $30 (frame and mats available at extra cost) 

Call Museum Educator Sarah Lexow Keena at 203.984.1798 for appointment.

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