All history events for the weekend can be found here.
Toast President Washington on his 287th birthday with his favorite libation and nibbles! Join Westport Historical Society on February 22, as we serve ale made from Washington’s own recipe as well as Madeira–his drink of choice. Food of the kind the first president would have enjoyed will be served. WHS Presidential Ale produced courtesy of Full Moon Brewing and Charter Oaks Brewing Company and Madeira wine, courtesy of Black Bear Wine & Spirits. Food prepared from colonial recipes by Westport’s own Four Brothers restaurant.
There will also be drawings to win a growler of Presidential Ale and a signed copy of Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram’s new historical novel The General’s Cook, about George Washington’s enslaved celebrity chef, Hercules.
Ale To The Chief, February 22, 6-8pm. Tickets are: $50 for members, $60 for non-members. Day of price is $75. Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport. Reservations are recommended, purchase at westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable, For more info: westporthistory.org.
The Rowayton Historical Society and the Norwalk Historical Society welcomes Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Historical Society for an unusual lecture that explores some of the oddest items in the Connecticut Historical Society’s Archives. “That’s Weird” will be presented on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Rowayton Community Center at 33 Highland Avenue in Rowayton, CT. Tickets are $5.00 for the general public and free for all RHS and NHS members. Please RSVP at: info@
An ordinary-looking map with a sinister surprise. Earrings made of human hair. A piece of a revered Connecticut tree carved in the shape of a…ham? Museums are full of objects that make staff and visitors say, “Huh?” But what makes these objects so strange to us? What makes an object “weird”? Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Historical Society explores some of CHS’s strangest items. You will learn how even the oddest artifacts can be gateways into a deeper understanding and appreciation of our state’s history.
Natalie Belanger is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women’s history from the University of Maryland. She has worked in museum education for most of her career and also teaches history courses at Manchester Community College and other area colleges.
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