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 ]


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.

December 5, 2019 | Holiday Soirée

posted Nov 18, 2019, 7:55 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 8:55 AM ]

Because our greatest gift is you, please join us from 6:30 - 8:30pm to celebrate the season with a special holiday reception for the members, donors, volunteers and friends of the Darien Historical Society who support us all year long. 

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served. 

$30 for members and $45 for non-members.  Please RSVP online here or call us at 203.655.9233.

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 Nov 14, 2019, 9:15 AM ]

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. On Sunday, November 17 from 2 to 4 p.m., Richard Prowse, co-curator of the exhibition will answer questions about the pottery collection. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

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