Public Programs & Events

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Auditions: West Hartford Hauntings
Tuesday and Thursday, September 1 & 3, 4:30-7 p.m.
Call 860-521-5362 x21 to schedule your audition for our theatrical cemetery tour. Ages 12 and up.

Fashion & Flowers
Thursday, September 3, 2-4 p.m.
Hosted with the West Hartford Garden Club, all funds raised will help support a new outdoor patio space at the museum.
Six rarely seen dresses from the museum’s collection from the 1840s to the 1920s will be on display. Each will inspire a floral arrangement that complements the elegant table settings. Refreshments will include savory and sweet morsels and tea both hot and cold. After tea, Tracy Weed will give a brief presentation on Fashion from Victorians to Flappers.
Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased here.

Word Art and Wine
Wednesdays, September 9, 16, & 23
The museum will offer word-related art workshops with artists Katherine Maghini and Barbara Laurain.

On September 9, Maghini will lead “Home-word Bound”, a collage making workshop that features the words that describe “home”. Each participant will create a word-based piece of art to take with them.

On September 16, Laurain will help participants turn their doodles into individualized art. Each piece can be used in notecards, gift tags, and other imaginative things. Laurain said, “This is yoga for your mind and your imagination. Everyone can do it. It is fun, using simple materials, and can be done anywhere.”

The final workshop on September 23 features Maghini and ”Defining Who I Am”.

The workshops are $25 each for the general public and $20 for museum members. For all three workshops, the cost is $65 for the general public and $50 for museum members. Registration is required and space is limited. Register here.


Speak Up!
Saturday, September 12, 8 p.m.
Storytellers Anne Mcgrath, Karen Kasius, Leland Brandt, and Matthew Dicks will be featured at a Speak Up storytelling salon.
Speak Up’s salon show is a more intimate and interactive night of storytelling. The four storytellers will tell 8-10 minute stories on theme of High Anxiety. Matthew Dicks, the co-founder and Creative Director of Speak Up said, “It’s a night of storytelling where the audience is given a voice and even some say in what stories are told.  This is high stakes storytelling without a net. You never know what will happen!”
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now and are $12 for museum members and $15 for the general public. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Space is limited.

*Hearth Dinner with Bill Rizzuto
Thursday, September 17

*Curious George Day
Saturday, September 19, 1-4 p.m.

*Conversations: A Community Forum: Teen Mental Health and Wellness
September 24, 7 p.m.

West Hartford History Series: Dictionary Exhibit opening
Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.

*West Hartford Hauntings
October 23, 24, 25, 30, 6– 8:45 p.m.

Rocky Shores: Book Signing and Event with Nan Arnstein
Sunday, November 15, 2-4 p.m.
Free event!
In Nan Arnstein's book Rocky Shores, foster-child Charles learns that music can be life changing. Come by the museum for snacks, crafts, a book signing, and a chat with the author.
The warmhearted story of Rocky Shores as seen from the eyes and heart of Charles Farmer relates to every single one of us who have, want or need a family to love. It is a touching story of courage where love grows beyond a family tree. 

*Gingerbread Weekend:
Friday & Saturday, December 11, 12
Friday 6 p.m. parents and teens (drop off your teen(s) or stick around in the parents-only zone)
8 p.m. BYOB for Adults
Saturday: Family Fun

West Hartford History Series: Dave Corrigan: Goodwin Pottery
Tuesday, December 15, 7 p.m.

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Some programs are subject to change. Please call ahead or make a reservation as required.

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West Hartford History Series

A monthly series of lectures and discussions about.. what else? West Hartford's exciting history!

West Hartford Hauntings

West Hartford Hauntings is a theatrical lantern-lit tour of West Hartford's historic North Cemetery.

Tavern Night

Tavern Night is one of the museum's most popular adult programs!

Kids' Events

Special events just for kids!

Conversations: A Community Forum

Twice a year, join us to discuss a timely topic.

Gingerbread Day

Kids and adults alike can create their own miniature masterpiece out of fresh-baked gingerbread, icing, and candy.