Last month, the Westport Arts Center unveiled its new name.
It moved from Riverside Avenue to the Norwalk border — and rebranded itself as MoCA Westport. (As in “Museum of Contemporary Art.”)
It’s not the only longtime Westport institution to shed its well-known name.
Sometime soon, the Westport Historical Society will be known as the “Westport Museum for History and Culture.”
Extremely alert “06880” reader Fred Cantor spotted the change in an intriguing way. The official state website’s Film, TV & Digital Media page has a section devoted to “Producing in Connecticut.”
The listing for “Westport Historical Society & Museum” — interestingly, the “& Museum” appears nowhere on the WHS’ own website or logo — says simply, “Soon to be renamed Westport Museum for History & Culture.”
Someone at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development knows something the rest of Westport does not.
I emailed WHS — er, WMHC — executive director Ramin Ganeshram for comment. When is it happening? I asked. What are the reasons?
She was at a conference in Philadelphia, but got right back to me.
“We will be issuing a formal press release prior to our September 28 benefit
when it will be announced, and would be happy to fully comment at that time,” she said. “May I ask how you came to know the same?”
I sent her the CT.gov link.
“Thanks!” she replied. “Happy to discuss in detail with formal announcement. ”
I guess that’s all we’ll know until then. Stay tuned for that historic moment.