Artifacts from Westport Historical Society collections to go on display
Published 4:29 pm, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Westport Historical Society will hold an exhibit of artifacts from its archives and collections from Sunday, Jan. 27, through April 27, in the society's Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery, 25 Avery Place.
A concurrent "Inside Story" exhibit focused on its Bradley-Wheeler House and Cobblestone Barn will be held in the society's Mollie Donovan Gallery.
An opening reception for members and invited guests for both exhibits, to include items from the late 18th through early 20th centuries, will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Wine and refreshments will be served at the reception, which will follow the society's annual meeting, according to a release.
The displays, a collaboration between the historical society's volunteer-run Exhibits, Oral History, Archives and Collections Departments, are intended to allow viewers to discover Westport's history by "dipping into its archives," the release states.
Featured artifacts will include early Westport documents, correspondence and photos; vintage garments; U.S. coastal surveys and aerial maps showing Westport from 1838 to 1931; Mary Sherwood's early 19th-century wedding quilt; an 1874 inkwell carved from a Bedford Estate chestnut tree; and a Rose O'Neill-designed Kewpie doll, one of five million sold by 1913.
Visit the historical society website, www.westporthistory.org, or call 203-222-1424 for information.