Public Programs & Event Calendar
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The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society offers public programs and events year-round for both children and adults. From exhibit openings to Tavern Nights and kids programs, there is something for everyone. Check back often for updates as some programs may change. Reservations are required for some events. Please call 860.521.5362 x21 for information or reservations unless otherwise noted.
West Hartford Hauntings Auditions
Tuesday & Thursday, September 2 & 4, 4-6 p.m.
Hauntings is an outdoor theatrical tour of the town’s North Cemetery. Each tour is led by a guide in character through the rows of gravestones, and all of the characters are people from West Hartford's past. Actors ages 11 and over are invited to audition, though actors and actresses age 17 and over are especially needed. Five tour guides are needed, preferably with improvisation experience, as well as male and female characters from age 16 to 65.
Auditions will take place from 4-6 p.m. p.m. at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society (227 S. Main, West Hartford) on September 2 and 4. Hauntings is an outdoor show that stages Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24, & 25 (rain dates Sundays, October 19 & 26). Call 860-521-5362 x21 for an audition time. Times are available every 10 minutes from 4-5:50 p.m.
Rehearsals will occur on Mondays and Thursdays throughout September and October.
Curiosity Day with Curious George
Saturday, September 20, 1-4 p.m.
Celebrate Curiosity Day with us! We'll have fun activities, crafts, and story time. Each year on the Saturday nearest H.A. Rey's birthday (don't forget his wife Margret helped write them, too!), families can celebrate the adventures of Curious George.
Love Where You Live: The Power of Place (Conversations: A Community Forum)
Thursday, October 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
What is it about Place that draws people to West Hartford – and keeps them there? Why is it important to be committed to the place that you live? What steps can we take to understand and embrace our community’s past, while celebrating its rich present and promising future?
A panel of experts and community leaders will try to answer these questions. Afterwards, an open discussion will take place. The panel will include Elizabeth Perry from Hello! West Hartford, Town Historian Dr. Tracey Wilson, West Hartford Board of Education member and UConn professor Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, and State Historian and UConn professor Dr. Walter Woodward.
Dr. Woodward will speak on the subject of the power of place and why place-based learning is important, followed by Dr. Wilson, who will examine the history of West Hartford and its demographic changes. Ms. Perry will provide a brief overview of the Town’s current diverse populace before introducing one of West Hartford’s newer residents, who will share how they came to the Town and why they have stayed. Lastly, Dr. Overmeyer-Valazquez will discuss new initiatives and ways the Town school board and government is reaching diverse citizens within the Town to make connections and create access and changes for the community and the future of West Hartford.
The open discussion after the panel’s presentation will allow participants to ask questions, comment, and share stories of their journey to West Hartford and what they love about this place.
The event is free to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Register here.
Joshua Kendall: Author of The Forgotten Founding Father
Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
At the Hartford Public Library
Hartford Public Library's Hartford History Center and the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will present an author talk with Joshua Kendall's "The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture." The author event will be held in the library's third floor Hartford History Center.
The Hartford History Center is home to the Noah Webster Pamphlet Collection, a collection that covers a broad range of topics including religion, politics, disease control, education, agriculture, and geography. Webster was an avid collector of these pamphlets during the period of 1775 to 1834 and gifted it to the Hartford Library Company, the precursor to the Hartford Public Library, a few years before his death in 1843. A finding aid is available in the Center.
The author event is free and open to the public.
Hartford History Center: 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
10th Anniversary of West Hartford Hauntings
October 17, 18, 24, & 25 (rain dates: 19 & 26)
RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! West Hartford Hauntings often sells out!
This year, West Hartford Hauntings returns for a tenth year of lantern-lit cemetery tours. On Fridays and Saturday, October 17 & 18 and 24 & 25 (rain dates Sundays October 19 & 26) tours will leave from 6-8:45 p.m. (Sunday 5-7:45). Guests will be led through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. Tour goers will hear the stories of several past residents of West Hartford.
The event takes place at the North Cemetery on North Main Street in West Hartford.
Some programs are subject to change. Please call ahead or make a reservation as required.