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

February 10, 2019 | Meet the Author | Nick Bellantoni

posted Jan 15, 2019, 10:51 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 10:53 AM ]

The Long Journeys Home — The Repatriations of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia and Albert Afraid of Hawk 

Please join author Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archeologist, as he chronicles the intergenerational stories of two Native Americans who left their homelands and eventually died in Connecticut.

Reception, book sale and signing will follow the talk. This event is free and co-sponsored with Barrett Bookstore.

February 7, 2019 | Lecture & Reception | Drinking: A History

posted Jan 15, 2019, 9:48 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 7:51 AM ]

Join us as Georgia Dunn, a descendant of a British explorer who produced the first ginger beer in the New World, weaves colonial history, family lore and the culinary past to create a fascinating portrait of brewing and living in the Caribbean. 

Sample tasting and reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Darien and Rowayton Historical Societies.

Registration required and seating is limited. Must be 21 or older to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 24, 2019 | Lecture | Intuition: The Art of Direct Carving

posted Jan 15, 2019, 9:46 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 9:50 AM ]

Please join Karen Lemmey, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's curator of sculpture, as she discusses this method and how Margaret Brassler Kane used it to produce one of her greatest works of art.

This program is co-sponsored with the Darien Library.

January 13, 2019 | Sunday Matinee Series | All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastics

posted Jan 4, 2019, 2:12 PM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 10:08 AM ]

The Darien Historical Society presents the latest program in our Sunday Matinee Series.  

Please join Producer/Director John Maher, a former Darien resident, for his provocative biopic on the “father of modern plastics,” Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a chemist who made one of the most transformative discoveries of the 20th century. 

After the film, John will lead a discussion and answer questions. 

December 8, 2018 | Holiday Soirée

posted Nov 28, 2018, 6:46 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 8:15 AM ]


Holiday Soirée

  Saturday, December 8th 6-8:30 p.m.
The halls are decked and it's time to make merry and celebrate the holiday season in historical style.

In Conversation: Art Show and Fundraiser
The area's top artists respond to our latest sculpture exhibition, "About Time". A portion of the proceeds benefit the Darien Historical Society.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served. $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

November 29, 2018 | The Artists Talk -- Equal Opportunity in the Art World

posted Nov 23, 2018, 7:23 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Mar 20, 2019, 10:24 AM ]

Join us at 6:30 p.m to celebrate the opening of "In Conversation," an art show and fundraiser to benefit the Darien Historical Society. Arranged by artists in the Concepts Group, the works respond to sculptures currently on display in the Society's exhibition "About Time," featuring the sculptures of Margaret Brassler Kane. 

At 7:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion, "Equal Opportunity in the Art World," moderated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, co-curator of "About Time" and Westport's Town Curator.  The panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Darien Arts Center. 

Panelists will include: 
  • Peter Layne Arguimbau — A Darien native, painter, and restorer and co-owner of Arguimbau Art Gallery in Greenwich, and Mariner Gallery in Newport. 
  • Babette Bloch — A sculptor from Redding and a pioneer in the use of laser-cut and water jet-cut stainless steel. 
  • Marc Mellon — A sculptor from Redding and one of America’s foremost figurative sculptors whose works are featured in corporate, private and public collections throughout the world. 
  • Lisa Thoren — A Darien artist and graduate of Parsons School of Design who creates using a graphic approach and explores all mediums. 
  • Mary Whalen — A Westport painter and writer who began her career in the 1940s. Whalen will offer a unique perspective on the challenges faced by professional women at that time. 
Register here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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