Support Our Flag Exhibit

posted Jan 12, 2018, 4:56 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 3:40 PM ]

About the Exhibit:

The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the Republic it represents. It has led us in battles, inspired songs and symbolized democracy’s most cherished notion - freedom.

This exhibit invites visitors to take a walk through time to see how the flag has changed through the years. The design may have changed, and the number of stars may have increased, yet some things have remained constant: In good times and bad, the flag inspires us, represents us and unites us.

Photo: The Darien Times

Underwriter Benefits:
  • Demonstrate your community leadership by partnering with the only museum in Darien
  • Emphasize your commitment to culture, creativity, education and the arts
  • Support programs that you and your colleagues/family/friends would like to see
  • Receive promotional acknowledgement in materials distributed to thousands of visitors and newsletter recipients

Primary Exhibit:

Become a primary exhibit sponsor and you’ll be recognized in promotional materials for exhibit and affiliated events throughout the program’s run.

  • Title wall at the entrance of the exhibition 
  • Branding and narrative within the exhibition catalogue and exhibit posters placed throughout town 
  • Invitation to the opening event and all other events associated with the exhibition, such as receptions and guest speakers 
  • Feature presence in the Society’s Bimonthly Newsletter, sent to more than 2,000 Members and Friends 
  • A private VIP Curator’s Tour (up to 10) for sponsored exhibit 
  • Website listing and social media postings 
  • Press release affiliated with the exhibit/program 
  • Free admission for associated guests 

$3,000 | 1 Available

Artifact Conservation:

The exhibit will feature antique flags from our collection and on-loan from other premier institutions. The flags from our collection range from sixty years to more than 150 years old and each flag will require care and attention from our curators and exhibition team to ensure they can be properly displayed. 

  • Sponsor recognition on all promotional materials dedicated to the specific program 
  • Acknowledgment at each event within the program and on object description card 
  • Tickets for 4 to all sponsored associated events 

$500-$1,000 | 5 Available

Speaker Series:

Please help us by supporting our guest lecture series.

Star Spangled Banner | Jan 18

Flags: Folklore & Fact | Jan 28 

Lincoln’s Flag Rediscovered | Mar 4

  • Sponsor recognition on all promotional materials dedicated to the specific talk
  • Acknowledgment at each event within the program 
  • Tickets for 4 to sponsored speaker 

$250 | 4 Available


For more information, please contact:

Maggie McIntire, Executive Director 

T: 203.655.9233


Long May She Wave -- The Evolution of Our Flag

posted Jan 2, 2018, 10:56 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 11:35 AM ]

The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the Republic it represents. This stunning exhibit, which runs from January 18 to March 13, will include several antique flags and photographs from the Society's collection. It will also feature a timeline that traces the evolution of our nation's banner through local and national events.

Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added to the flag, the exhibit will include a soundtrack with music and voices from our past, and a lecture series focusing on subjects relating to the flag's history.

Bring the whole family to this special exhibit and see how Darien's history is reflected in the nation's past -- and gain a deeper appreciation for what Old Glory has represented over the years. Be sure to create your own 51-star flag and leave your impression of what the Stars and Stripes has meant to you. 

Registration is open for the following programs:

Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Ed Hynes, local history expert and financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Westport, discusses our nation's most famous flag and the inspiration behind our national anthem. A champagne opening reception follows.

Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m.
Did Betsy Ross make the first flag? Get the real story about our flag's history with Susan Jerome, collections manager for the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island.

Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln's box at Ford's Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator of the Connecticut Historical Society.

Cost for each program will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members, $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.

Cost for the exhibit will be free for members, $5 for non-members. Darien's First Responders, Teachers and Students attend free.

Holiday Programs for Children

posted Nov 15, 2017, 10:41 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 6:38 PM ]


Wednesday, December 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Decorate a wreath or craft an ornament during an afternoon event held during the school’s early dismissal day. Cost: $15. Ages 4 – 12. 

Drop in anytime throughout the session, but please register by calling 203.984.1798.

Shadows and Light -- Silhouette Artist

Friday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment)

Capture a precious moment with a renowned Silhouette Artist. 

These special works of art are created for all ages, and pets, too! Cost: $30 (frame and mats available at extra cost.) 

Call 203.984.1798 for appointments.

A Visit With Santa

Friday, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Santa will sit by the colonial hearth, and children will tell him their special Christmas wishes. 

Parents -- take unique photos to treasure! Free, but donations gratefully accepted.

A Colonial Christmas | Friday, December 1 | 7 to 9 p.m.

posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:21 AM by Darien Historical News

The halls are decked at the Bates Scofield house and it’s time to make merry and mingle as we celebrate the holidays in historical style. 

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served. 

$30 for members and $45 for non-members. 

Please register online or call 203.655.9233.

The Darien Historical Society presents… Revolutionary Perspectives, Part 1 and 2

posted Oct 24, 2017, 11:01 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 6:59 PM ]

New ways of thinking about America’s War for Independence will be the topic of a two-part series, Revolutionary Perspectives, at the Darien Historical Society in November. 

Part I: Alexander Hamilton: The Man, the Myth & The Musical will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The smash-hit Broadway musical is changing the mythology surrounding this Founding Father, and a new perspective is emerging. Robert Begley, president of New York Heroes Society, dives deeper into Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy. Alexander Hamilton played a pivotal role in America’s founding, yet because of his untimely death, many of his opponents outlived him by decades and re-wrote his story, falsely portraying him as a monarchist and elitist, according to Begley.  Dramatized in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation, a greater appreciation for Hamilton’s life and legacy has recently emerged. This talk covers Hamilton’s turbulent childhood, stellar work ethic, brilliant mind, military valor, principled pro-Constitution stand, and also demonstrates how he rose up from impoverished immigrant to heroic colossus. Hamilton’s story is the story of America.

Part 2: Art, War and Identity in Early America will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Museum Curator Robin Jaffee Frank, a guest curator with the New-York Historical Society and former chief curator at the Wadsworth Athenuem, will discuss how certain works of art helped sway public opinion during the Revolution and helped forge our national identity. 

Cost: $5 for members | $20 for non-members | $30 for non-member and guest. Click here to register or call 203.655.9233.

Witchcraft in Early New England: Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

posted Oct 11, 2017, 3:29 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 4:44 AM by Julie Johnston ]

Just in time for Halloween, the Darien Historical Society will present “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” a discussion focusing on the colonists’ preoccupation with the supernatural with Leslie Lindenauer, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The talk will be held at the Bates-Scofield Homestead Museum, 45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. The program is free for members of the Society and $20 for non-members. 

Lindenauer, whose research focuses on gender and religious culture in early America, will discuss why so many allegations of witchcraft emerged in early America, and what caused the deep-seated paranoia prevalent in New England during the 17th and 18th centuries. Lindenauer, will also discuss little-known case studies of individual women who were accused of performing black magic.

“From the first trials in the 1640s to the infamous epidemic in Salem in 1692, witchcraft accusations and trials can provide us with a window on early American religion, popular culture, and gender that is illuminating, disturbing, and entertaining in equal measure,” Lindenauer said. 

An editor with The Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University, Lindenauer has directed departments of education and interpretation at several history museums, including the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City and Historic Hudson Valley in Tarrytown, New York. She was also the executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. 

In addition to history, Lindenauer teaches courses in Museum Studies, American Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is the author of Piety and Power: Gender and Religious Culture in the American Colonies, 1630-1700 and this year Lindenauer was quoted in The New York Times on her critically-acclaimed book, I Could Not Call Her Mother: The Stepmother in American Popular Culture, 1750-1960.

The Darien Historical Society, located at 45 Old Kings Highway North, operates the Bates-Scofield Homestead, featuring an 18th century saltbox colonial, historical herb garden, resource library and spacious barn exhibition gallery. The Society’s mission is to educate the community about its rich heritage and to preserve historical artifacts for future generations.

Please register for this program by calling 203.655.9233 or email Seating is limited.

New President Appointed and New Members Join Board of Directors

posted Oct 10, 2017, 4:20 PM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 3:44 AM ]

The Society's Board of Directors has a new leader at the helm with the selection of Robert J. Pascal, Jr., as its new president. Pascal succeeds Bruce D. Sargent, who held the position for the past two years, and remains on the board’s advisory council.

A native of Darien, Pascal is the chief marketing officer for Centerplate, a leading hospitality firm for the world’s largest public venues and stadiums. He has been a member of the board since 2011, and served as its treasurer for the past two years.

During its recent Annual Meeting, members of the Society honored Sargent for his “clear-eyed leadership, quiet generosity and dogged enthusiasm for the Society and its mission.” Sargent served on the board for the past six years, and was also treasurer of the board for two years.

            A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Graduate Business School, Sargent is a certified financial analyst who has spent his career at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and is currently senior vice president and portfolio manager at its Westport office. His antique cars have generously represented the Darien Historical Society in the town’s Memorial Day parade for several years.

Co-Vice President Kate Larson said Sargent and his wife, Janet, are part of the “fabric of the Darien Historical Society” and remain integral to its continued success.

“Bruce, you’ve left the Society on a firmer footing in every possible way – your guidance on financial matters, ideas about programming, your attention to the facility and its grounds. You were instrumental in managing the search and hiring of our new executive director,” said Larson, during a public presentation after the meeting.

The Darien Historical Society, located at 45 Old Kings Highway North, operates the Bates-Scofield Homestead, featuring an 18th century saltbox colonial, historical herb garden, resource library and spacious barn exhibition gallery. The Society’s mission is to educate the community about its rich heritage and to preserve historical artifacts for future generations.

Sargent said that Pascal’s professional experience and commitment to public service make him uniquely qualified to serve as the Society’s president.

“Over the years, I’ve been impressed with Bob’s enthusiasm, his commitment to the Society’s mission, and his dedication to this town. I’m confident that I’m passing the baton to someone who will lead the Society toward further growth,” Sargent said.

Active in several professional and civic organizations, Pascal is a recognized marketing expert who oversees his company’s global client strategy, as well as its corporate marketing office and public relations initiatives. A recognized resource on industry trends, Pascal is frequently called upon for trade and mainstream media stories as well as speaking engagements at industry and academic conferences. A graduate of Davidson College, Pascal and his wife, Sara Lyn, live in Darien’s Delafield Island section with their two children.

“It is an honor to serve as president of the Darien Historical Society, which is such a vital resource for our community,” Pascal said. “I’m looking forward to working with this very talented board of directors to develop some exciting new initiatives.”

In addition to Sargent, Elissa Hylton retired from the board after serving for six years, but she will continue to serve on the board's collections committee. Hylton and her husband Hartwell have been residents of Darien for six years, and raised their daughter here. Hylton is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. In 1996, Hylton retired as vice president and senior associate counsel of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

During the Annual Meeting, the Society named new officers to the board, and also announced the addition of several new members to the board. The officers include:

Kate Larson, co-vice president. A retired attorney, Larson moved to Darien in 1989 and has held prominent positions in numerous community organizations. She and her husband Steve have raised two children in town.

Joe Spain, co-vice president. Spain is a graduate of Manhattan College and Boston College Law School. He retired from a Manhattan-based law firm and is now senior counsel at Clifford Chance. He and his wife, Susan, moved to Darien in 1967 and have three children and seven grandchildren.

Jared Heuer, treasurer. A graduate of St. Lawrence University and Columbia University, where he earned an MBA, Heuer is the managing partner of a real estate investment firm based in Stamford. Heuer and his wife, Schuyler Roach Heuer, live in Tokeneke with their three children.

Julie Johnston, secretary. A graduate of Brown University, Johnston has over twenty years of professional experience in the IT and design industry, and now works as a freelance web development specialist. She developed this creative website for the Darien Historical Society. Johnston and her husband, Scott, have two children.

Mollie Fullington. Fullington is a public relations professional and has held many prominent public relations roles, including the office of New York Governor George E. Pataki for over five years. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fullington is currently executive vice president of Linden, Alschuler & Kaplan PR in New York.

David Polett. A graduate of Boston College and the University of Bridgeport, Polett spent 35 years in education, including 25 years as science coordinator for the Blind Brook-Rye School District. Active in many community organizations, Polett and his wife, Karen, live in Darien and raised a daughter here.

The following people were elected to the Darien Historical Society’s Board of Directors during its Annual Meeting:

Abby Hord, Carolyn McGrath, Jim Ozanne, Jim Phillips, Lisa Shanahan and Valerie VanDerzee.

For more information, or to become a member of the Darien Historical Society, visit us or call 203 655-9233.

The Darien Historical Society 2017 Annual Meeting and Lecture

posted Sep 25, 2017, 11:05 AM by Margaret McIntire

The Darien Historical Society’s Board of Directors will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 1 at 4 p.m. Following the meeting, Revolutionary War Reenactor Eric Chandler will present “Sheldon’s Horse,” a discussion of the Revolutionary War cavalry unit that was dubbed “Washington’s Eyes.” Kindly register by calling 203.655.9233 or email

Darien Historical Society Announces Hiring of New Director

posted Sep 20, 2017, 9:20 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 9:50 AM ]

The Darien Historical Society has its focus on the town’s past, but the Board of Directors has been looking to the future recently, and has hired a new Executive Director to help with some exciting new initiatives.

Margaret McIntire, a former journalist with a background in library programming and communications, has been named its new Executive Director, the DHS board announced. McIntire brings to the position a passion for history and commitment to delivering educational programs, said Bruce Sargent, president of the Society’s board of directors.

“With Maggie at the helm, we are confident that the Darien Historical Society will continue its strong traditions as the vanguard of the town’s history, while also enacting some exciting and creative new ideas,” Sargent said. “We’re excited to work with Maggie to make the Darien Historical Society the best it can be, and to spread the word about our stellar exhibits and programs.”

A former newspaper journalist, McIntire previously worked at the Mark Twain Library in Redding where she coordinated adult programs. Before that, she worked in the communications department at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. A former resident of Darien, McIntire worked for many years at Barrett Bookstore in Noroton Heights, where she specialized in coordinating programs. She also was co-founder of the store’s history book club.

“I am thrilled to serve as the Society’s executive director, and to be part of such a unique organization whose mission is to make local history come to life. I’m especially eager to meet all the people who make Darien Historical Society such a special place,” McIntire said.

The search for the new executive director began over the summer, according to Robert Pascal, Jr., treasurer of the Society. Pascal said the board was impressed with McIntire’s background as a journalist, and also her long experience in educational programming.

“Maggie’s experience and her enthusiasm is what really made her stand out to the board during the lengthy search and interview process. Her vision about the potential possibilities for the Society closely matched the board’s philosophy,” Pascal said.

The Darien Historical Society operates the Bates-Scofield Homestead Museum, which includes an 18th century saltbox colonial, an exhibit gallery and historical library.

The Society’s current exhibit, Mannequins on the Runway: Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century, is open through October 4th. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. For more information call 203 655-9233.

We Are Open 12 to 3 On Sundays

posted Sep 5, 2017, 7:59 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

The Darien Historical Society is now open from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Bring the family for a tour of the Bates-Scofield House and see our current exhibit: Mannequins on the Runway: Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs in the 20th Century.

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