Opening in October: "About Time: The Masterwork of Margaret Brassler Kane (1909-2006)"

posted Jul 12, 2018, 1:52 PM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 2:03 PM ]

Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce our upcoming exhibit "About Time: The Masterwork of Margaret Brassler Kane (1909-2006)" which is set to run from October 19 to February 3, 2019. 

This exhibit will feature the work of Margaret Brassler Kane, an award-winning artist whose work is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and whose sculptures have been exhibited in the nation's most celebrated museums. 

A founding member of the New York City-based Sculptors Guild, Brassler Kane's work touched on many subjects that still resonate strongly today and the exhibit's title encompasses many of the display's larger themes on gender, social justice and war.

"About Time" will also mark the first public display of Brassler Kane's masterpiece, a huge panel series carved in relief, that depicts epoch blocks of time.

You can read more about Brassler Kane and our exhibit here.

We look forward to seeing you.

Art In Connecticut -- The Impressionists and The WPA Muralists

posted May 1, 2018, 10:33 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated May 2, 2018, 7:51 AM by Darien Historical News ]

Hear about Impressionist artists who made Connecticut their home, and also local artists from the Works Progress Administration, during an art history lecture on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society.

Presented by ArtScapades, an art appreciation series co-founded by New Canaan residents Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, the talk will begin with an overview of how the Impressionism movement arrived in America and the formation of art colonies here. The work of three American Impressionists will be discussed: J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam and John H. Twachtman.

The talk will also focus on the period during the Great Depression and the five Works Progress Administration artists whose works are installed in the area, including: Aruthur G. Hull, Robert Pallesen, John Steuart Curry, George Avison and Alexander J. Rummler.

Founded in 2010, Hoffman and Stiffelman co-founded ArtScapades after teaching art appreciation in the New Canaan public school system for over a decade. They have delivered dozens of lectures on art history in venues throughout the area, and have guided private museum tours in New York City. The lectures focus on each artist’s life and work, and also the characteristics of styles associated with each artist.

The cost of the program is $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. Please register online here or you may call 203.655.9233 to register or for information.

Treasures of the Costume Collection 1740 - 1930

posted Apr 6, 2018, 10:17 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 10:26 AM ]

Objects of enchantment and delight are the inspiration for a stunning upcoming exhibit, “Treasures of the Costume Collection – 1740 – 1930” which opens with a Champagne Reception on Friday, April 27. 

Curated by Babs White, the Society’s esteemed Costume Curator for over 40 years, the exhibit will serve as a centerpiece for several lunch receptions and lectures throughout the spring. 

For members of the Costume Committee, a treasure may be a period piece in remarkably good condition for its age. It may express devotion to perfection by an Haute Couture designer, or have a unique human story connected to it. 

The exhibition represents the culmination of months of preparation and hard work by our dedicated and experienced volunteers, and we hope you’ll consider lending your support to their impressive efforts. 

Sponsors will be highlighted both at the exhibit itself, and in all publicity surrounding these popular events. We are offering sponsorships at the following levels: 

Benefactor: $1,000 Donation: Includes six complimentary ($50) tickets to the champagne reception, and special acknowledgement in the gallery and press materials. 

Patron: $500 Donation: Includes four complimentary tickets to the champagne reception, and special acknowledgement in the gallery and press materials. 

Sponsor: $200 Donation: Includes two complimentary tickets to the champagne reception and special acknowledgement in the gallery and press materials. 

Friend: $100 Donation: Includes one complimentary ticket to the champagne reception and special acknowledgement in the gallery and press materials. 

We hope that you will consider a sponsorship, and I look forward to seeing you at the opening on Friday April 27. 
With Best Regards, 

Maggie McIntire                                        Robert J. Pascal, Jr. 
Executive Director                                     President
Sponsorship Levels

RESCHEDULED | The Lincoln Flag -- Rediscovered | Now Sunday, March 11th at 3pm

posted Mar 4, 2018, 7:51 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Mar 4, 2018, 10:52 AM by Darien Historical News ]

Due to a power outage, today's lecture has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 11th at 3pm. 

While rummaging through a cluttered storage area at the Connecticut Historical Society, a Librarian picked up a dusty flag box with a brass label indicating that it was from the year 1864.

Museum curators soon realized that the box contained a flag that decorated Abraham Lincoln's box at Ford's Theatre on the night he was assasinated. The flag is believed to be the one that Lincolnclutched after he was shot.

Hear the fascinating tale of the rediscovery and the exhaustive process to piece together the story of this treasured artifact with Ilene Frank, chief curator of the Connecticut Historical Society.

Cost: $5 for members and students, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest.

Please register for this program online or call 203.655.9233.

Through the Lens of Patriotism

posted Feb 22, 2018, 1:31 PM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Mar 4, 2018, 7:41 AM by Julie Johnston ]

Hear the stories behind the award-winning collection of flag art photographs with Darien photographer Robert Carley, who has been on a mission to record expressions of patriotism all over the country. Carley will share the story of his quest on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Society.

The program is free for members and students. The cost is $10 for non-members. Please register for the lecture here, or call 203.655.9233 for information.

Traveling to new regions of the country each year, Carley snaps photos and hears the myriad stories about why people are inspired to express their patriotism by painting the red white and blue on everything from cars and boats to pumpkins and pizza boxes. There’s even a sub-genre of flag homes in the collection, Carley said.  

“After September 11, I dedicated myself to this – and it has paid off in ways I never would have expected,” said Carley, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who also works as a background actor and has appeared in many shows and films including Madame Secretary, Still Alice and Blue Bloods.

Early American Portraiture -- From Folk Art to Fine Art

posted Feb 12, 2018, 2:44 PM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 1:43 PM by Margaret McIntire ]

THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELED -- Stay tuned for ArtScapades program coming in May! The evolution of portraiture in early America will be the focus of “American Portraiture: From Folk Art to Fine Art,” on Sunday, February 25 at 3 p.m. The lecture will be presented by ArtScapades, an art lecture series presented by New Canaan residents Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman.

Starting with Ammi Phillips, an itinerant painter who worked for over five decades in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Hoffman and Stiffelman will discuss the artists who defined early portraiture and on the transition to fine art portraiture with painters like John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart. P

lease call 203.655-9233 to register or click here to register online.

The cost of the program is $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest.

Hands-On History Fun!

posted Feb 7, 2018, 10:42 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 1:38 PM ]

From Valentine's Day crafts to Candle-Making Workshops, we're offering kids some hands-on fun during the month of February. Check out our event listings and sign up.
Valentine's Day Craft
Friday, February 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Decorate a picture frame with lots of pink, red and white paint. Then, we’ll take your picture and put it in the frame. Next, make a “hand” made card for a lovely gift to take home for someone special. 

Call 203.984.1798 to register. 
Cost: $15.

Show Us What You Know -- Presidential Match Game 
Monday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate this President’s Day and test your knowledge during a match game. We’ll keep score and winners will get a prize! 

Drop in. No registration required.

Show Us What You Know – Town History 
Wednesday, February 21 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

What fun facts do you know about Darien? Come play our match game and show us what you know about our town!. We’ll keep score and winners get a prize. 

Drop in. No registration required.

Candle-Making Workshop 
Friday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We will show you some colonial candle-making pieces, then you’ll create your own candle to decorate with beads, glitter and flowers! 

Call to register:  203.984.1798. Cost: $ 15.

A JOURNEY: A Musical One-Woman Show

posted Feb 2, 2018, 2:15 PM by Darien Historical News

Kimberly Wilson, an award-winning actress, stars in this captivating performance that brings seven African-American women to life on Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m. 

Through words, movement and song, Wilson transforms into famous women from our past, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks. Hear the stories of the women who helped shape the America we know today. 

“These are historical figures I'm portraying, but anybody who comes to see the show can find something in their own history," she said. "Everyone has a unique journey."

For ages 10 to adult. A reception follows. Cost: $10 for members and $30 for non-members. Seating is limited. Register here.

Cupid Goes to War -- The Love Letters of Cate Raymond

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:45 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 5:31 PM by Darien Historical News ]

Celebrate the season of love by browsing through a display of Revolutionary War-era love letters collected by Cate Raymond, a young woman who lived near Five Mile River when this area was known as Middlesex Parish. 

The letters, on display through March, date from 1779 to 1780 and include notes from suitors on both sides of the conflict. Society Historian Ken Reiss will lead informal “drop-in” talks on the exhibit on Sunday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 

“These letters are fun to read because they give us insight into the personal lives of people who lived here during the war,” said Reiss, who curated the exhibit. All the letters are matched with a modern, typewritten version to make them easier to read. 

The collection includes letters from suitors throughout the region, and both Loyalists and Patriots wrote them. Eli Curtiss professed his love from a Continental Army camp in Garrison, New York, while John Lamson penned his passions in another from a Loyalist base across Long Island Sound at Lloyd’s Neck.

One portion of the exhibit exposes the tortured longings of Joel Reed, whose family had moved from Middlesex to upstate Connecticut in search of good farmland. Along with Reed’s letter, there are two other notes written by Reed’s friends, attesting to his fine and upstanding character.

“From our vantage point, and likely Cate’s as well, what’s happening here is quite transparent,” Reiss said, adding: “One of the friends even mentions that Mr. Reed gave her the paper to write the letter.”

Reiss said, however, all of these many passionate pleas and professions of love seemed to have been written in vain.

“Cate remained single her whole life,” he said.

Our Winter 2018 Newsletter is here!

posted Jan 25, 2018, 8:01 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 8:20 AM ]

Learn more about upcoming programs, what's been going on, and ways to become involved. 

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