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Westport Library to hold Merritt Parkway exhibits, programs

Published 4:02 pm, Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Westport Public Library will host two exhibits and two programs celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Merritt Parkway in May and June.

Both displays, "Painting the Merritt: Cynthia Mullins Celebrates the Parkway" and "Section 1 of the Merritt Parkway Turns 75" will open Wednesday, May 1, on the library's Riverwalk level, 20 Jesup Road. The "Painting the Merritt" exhibit will run through Aug. 15; "Section 1" will close Sept. 1.

There will be an opening for both exhibits from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the library's McManus Room.

Jill Smyth, executive director of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, will talk about the parkway's history at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, while filmmaker Lisa Seidenberg will introduce her film "The Road Taken ... the Merritt Parkway" at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Both programs will end with question-and-answer periods.

The first section of the Merritt, from the New York state line at Greenwich to Norwalk, opened on June 29, 1938, with 125,000 cars traveling on it during the first four days. The road was built after the Fairfield County Planning Association explored ways to ease congestion on the Post Road.

The exhibits and programs are free.

For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit westportlibrary.org.