Author Series 2013

Meet the Author: John Cilio Women's Work in WWII


Join us as author John Cilio, who recently published Women's Work in WWII, shares some of the stories that he dug up over six years of research. The book has over 300 illustrations and is filled with stories about the women who stepped into traditionally male jobs during the war.
Cilio explained that most people don't consider the roles women played during and after the war. "The lumberjacks either were drafted or enlisted. Women took over their jobs and became known as 'lumberjills.'"
Not only did women break down barriers during the war, but continued to do so after the men came home. They would not accept the step back to their previous role, but fought in and with Congress, the president, and unions to create equal pay for equal work and stop gender discrimination in the workplace.
The event will end with a book signing. Books will be available at the Museum Shop for purchase.  The talk is the first in the in the 2013 Meet the Author series. It is free to the public, though donations will be gratefully accepted.

Exhibit Opening: The Art of Paul Revere’s Ride: Sunday, April 21, 1-4 p.m.
Artist Monica Vachula’s works from “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” will be on display through the summer. At this opening event, meet Paul Revere and Vachula, buy the book and have it signed, and do a fun craft.

Meet the Author: Quincy Abbot: Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m.
As a child, museum member Quincy Abbot was lucky enough to be allowed to read the diary and many letters of his Granduncle Edward Stanley Abbot. In 1972, after Hurricane Agnes flooded his parents’ home in Forty-Fort, PA, he brought a damaged secretary desk back to Connecticut to have it restored. In the drawers of that desk, he found and dried those same letters.
Quincy recently did more research and compiled the letters and family information into “From Schoolboy to Soldier: The Correspondence and Journals of Edward Stanley Abbot, 1853¬–1863”. In his 21-year life, he kept a journal for nine of those years. His life was cut short at a battle at Little Round Top on July 9, 1863.
One hundred and fifty years later, Edward’s dream of becoming an acknowledged writer came to fruition with the publication of Quincy’s book. The book is available through the Museum Shop. You can learn more about the book and author at
Quincy will share some of the stories from the book, as well as sign copies. Event is free to the public.

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!

Gingerbread Day

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

Mother's Day Tea

This Mother's Day, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society's Annual Mother's Day Tea.

Author Series

Meet a different author each month during our Author Series.