Friday, April 21st: Champagne Opening Reception

posted Mar 24, 2017, 4:50 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 6:34 AM ]

Please join us for a Champagne Reception on April 21 at 6:30 pm as we open our latest exhibit, "Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century"

For reservations, please call the Society at 203.655.9233 or email Ukremer@darienhistorical.org

The exhibit will run from Sunday, April 23rd through the end of the summer.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, April 23rd: "Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century"

posted Mar 24, 2017, 4:45 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 6:34 AM ]

The exhibit will open Sunday, April 23rd and run till the end of August.

There will be a Champagne Opening Reception on April 21 at 6:30 pm, and Ladies' Luncheons on May 3rd and May 10th. Please join us!

For reservations, please call the Society at 203.655.9233 or email Ukremer@darienhistorical.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Opening this Spring:

posted Feb 9, 2017, 6:01 PM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 6:06 PM ]

Mannequins on the Runway: Haute Couture and Contemporary Designers of the 20th Century 

An Exhibition from Darien Historical Society's Costume Collection, curated by Babs White.

Closing February 19th:

posted Feb 9, 2017, 6:01 PM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 6:06 PM ]

Don't miss the opportunity to view "Darien 1925-1950, the Golden Age of Art and Design". 

Final day Sunday February 19th 12:00-3:00 PM.

Lecture on Lurelle Guild | Tuesday February 7 @ 7pm

posted Jan 26, 2017, 8:57 AM by Julie Johnston

Dr. John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, will visit the Society to present “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: Americana and Industrial Design.” Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild (1898- 1985), (featured in our current exhibit “Golden Age of Art and Design“), is among the most famous American industrial designers of the 20th century. 

Guild designed thousands of items for the industrial giants of the period including Westinghouse, Remington, Revlon, Schick, Corning, and perhaps most notably, Electrolux, whose model 30 is considered a classic of modern American design. 

Admission is free for members, $15 for non-members. 

RSVP to Ulla Kremer at (203) 655-9233 or ukremer@darienhistorical.org.

Registration Closed - Sold Out

posted Jan 26, 2017, 8:50 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 8:56 AM ]

Our presentation on Vincent Colyer by Madeline Hart on Sunday January 29, 2017 has been sold out.

Presentation on Vincent Colyer - American Artist and Humanitarian Art Historian | Sunday January 29, 2017 | 3:30 PM

posted Dec 22, 2016, 10:34 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 8:51 AM ]

Author and former Darien Historical Executive Director Madeline Hart will visit the Society on Sunday January 29th at 3:30 PM to discuss the life and art of Darien resident, artist, portraitist and landscape painter Vincent Colyer. 

Colyer’s humanitarian pursuits placed him amidst two significant nineteenth century events – the Civil War and the subsequent westward expansion under the doctrine of “Manifest Destiny”. Colyer’s efforts to give voice to those who had none included care for former slaves, and illuminating the plight of displaced Native Americans. His paintings of the Connecticut shore reflect the peace he enjoyed on Contentment Island with his wife and his good friend John F. Kensett, but his legacy lies in the hundreds of small watercolors that he did out west. 

Admission is free for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP to Ulla Kremer at (203) 655-9233 or ukremer@darienhistorical.org.

REVOLUTION AND REFUGEES... a Saturday morning round table with Society Historian Ken Reiss (5 one hour sessions) | January 28th - February 25 | 9:30-11am

posted Dec 22, 2016, 10:31 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 8:53 AM ]

Join Ken Saturday mornings for a unique opportunity to use the Society's collection of original Revolutionary War-era documents as points of departure from which to explore the civil war that raged along Long Island Sound for eight terrible years. 

We'll see what Middlesex Parish was and was not; how and why the community divided its loyalties with such violent results; the impact the larger war had on our area; and how the pieces were gathered up at the end. 

Limited to 12 participants. Admission is free for patron members ($250) and up, $50 for members, $100 for non-members.

Reservations can be made with Ulla Kremer at (203) 655-9233 or ukremer@darienhistorical.org.

Lecture on Lurelle Guild | Tuesday February 7 @ 7pm

posted Dec 22, 2016, 5:46 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

Dr. John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, will visit the Society to present “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: Americana and Industrial Design.” Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild (1898- 1985), (featured in our current exhibit “Golden Age of Art and Design“), is among the most famous American industrial designers of the 20th century. 

Guild designed thousands of items for the industrial giants of the period including Westinghouse, Remington, Revlon, Schick, Corning, and perhaps most notably, Electrolux, whose model 30 is considered a classic of modern American design. 

Admission is free for members, $15 for non-members. 

RSVP to Ulla Kremer at (203) 655-9233 or ukremer@darienhistorical.org.

Silhouettes & Santa | Friday, December 9th | 12-6pm

posted Nov 30, 2016, 7:29 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 7:29 AM ]


12 - 6pm:  
We are pleased to host a talented silhouette artist who will be onsite creating beautiful silhouettes of your loved ones. Have your children, dog, spouse, or friend sit for her as she masterfully creates a piece of art that is classic and will give you a lasting memory of this moment in time. 

Call Sarah NOW to reserve your sitting at 203.984.1798. This is a popular event that fills up quickly. Cash or check only.

2:30 - 4:30pm: 
Come have your picture taken with Santa in our colonial kitchen - a beautiful backdrop for a favorite children's holiday tradition.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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