May 18 | Display & Reading | Ambulance 255: Spirit of the American Volunteer

posted Feb 27, 2019, 8:29 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 8:30 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: May 19)

Tickets: $10 members, $20 non-members 

Registration opens April 18th

April 4 | Lecture | America Calls: Mobilizing Artists During the Great War

posted Feb 26, 2019, 9:24 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 7:35 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 | Champagne Preview Reception | Over Here: Darien's WWI

posted Feb 23, 2019, 2:16 PM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 9:17 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.

December 7 & 12, 2018 | Historical Holidays for Kids

posted Nov 14, 2018, 11:40 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 11:53 AM ]

Historical Holidays for Kids WE MAKE HISTORY HANDS-ON FUN! Friday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shadows and Light -- Silhouette Artist Capture a precious moment
45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien, CT 06820

Historical Holidays for Kids


December 2, 2018 | Meet the Author | James Mastich

posted Oct 31, 2018, 9:37 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 10:06 AM ]

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die
A Life Changing List 

Please join author James Mastich as he discusses his new book, "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die:
A Life Changing List". A compulsively readable and enlightening book that ranges across cultures and time, Mustich’s eclectic volume is a celebration of reading — and of our literary and historical heritage.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Historical Society and Barrett Bookstore and will be held at the Society, 45 Old Kings Highway, Darien.

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