October 4, 2019 | Champagne Reception | How the Industrial Revolution Created the Gilded Age

posted Sep 13, 2019, 10:22 AM by Darien Historical News



Fashion from the era that Mark Twain famously dubbed “The Gilded Age” will be the focus of our upcoming exhibition showcasing extravagant gowns from an era synonymous with unabashed wealth. 

Please join us for a champagne reception to mark the opening of “How the Industrial Revolution Created the Gilded Age,” on Friday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North.

Tickets: $50 members, $65 non-members 

Space is limited | Registration is required
 
The exhibit will run through January 22, 2020.

May 16, 2019 | Meet the Author | Christopher Wigren

posted Apr 30, 2019, 8:32 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated May 3, 2019, 11:23 AM ]


Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places

Our state boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished 19th-century factories.  Christopher Wigren, deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will highlight the structures that demonstrate Connecticut's architectural diversity. 

Co-sponsored with Barrett Bookstore. Book sale and signing to follow the program.

This program is free. To reserve a seat, please register online here, at Barrett Bookstore, or call 203.655.9233 for information.

May 18, 2019 | Display & Reading | Ambulance 255: Spirit of the American Volunteer

posted Feb 27, 2019, 8:29 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 8:20 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 is May 19)

Tickets: $10 members, $20 non-members 

April 4, 2019 | Lecture | America Calls: Mobilizing Artists During the Great War

posted Feb 26, 2019, 9:24 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 8:20 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, 2019 | Champagne Preview Reception | Over Here: Darien's WWI

posted Feb 23, 2019, 2:16 PM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 8:20 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 ]

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A 

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.

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