The Westport Historical Society has a history of mounting fascinating exhibits.
Subjects have ranged from Saugatuck and famous artists to rock ‘n’ roll and our town 50 years from now.
But while the Sheffer Gallery in the back pulses with life, the front of 223-year-old Wheeler House on Avery Place has been oddly shut.
Now the WHS has opened its Victorian front door to visitors. And — just inside — a long-neglected display case offers an intriguing look into Westport’s past.
“The History of Westport in 100 Objects” opens tomorrow (Monday, April 16). Every 2 weeks for the next year, the items will change. They’ll start with the original settlers in 1637, and work up to today.
Artifacts include books, land deeds, farming tools, clothing, toys, a railroad tie — anything that helped make this town what it is.
Each display will include a “mystery object” (though not necessarily from the era depicted). Visitors can guess its identity. One — drawn from all correct answers — will win an item from the gift shop.
A passport/online check-in will help children record their visits. After coming enough times, they’ll get scrip for gift store purchases.
As each case changes, its items will be archived in a digital exhibit on the WHS website.
The Historical Society has plenty of objects. But they’d love more. If you have an item that might work for the exhibit, email 100Objects@westporthistory.org.
(“The History of Westport in 100 Objects” opens tomorrow — Monday, April 16 — with a 4 p.m. reception focused on 5th through 8th graders.)