Public Programs & Event Calendar

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The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society offers public programs and events year-round for both children and adults. From exhibit openings to Tavern Nights and kids programs, there is something for everyone. Check back often for updates as some programs may change. Reservations are required for some events. Please call 860.521.5362 x21 for information or reservations unless otherwise noted.

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Coming Events*

Celebrate! West Hartford
June 7 & 8 at West Hartford Town Hall
Visit us at our booth for information, fun, and games! We're in booth 308 near the food and mini golf, so stop by!

CT Open House Day: Saturday, June 14, noon-4 p.m.
Discover Connecticut's many inspiring attractions during the ninth annual Connecticut Open House Day! As part of the statewide event, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer free admission and kids' activities from noon to 4 p.m.
Visitors will be able to see the museum's exhibits, introductory video to Noah Webster, and the first floor of the historic house. A costumed tour guide will be available to answer questions and share information. The kitchen garden will also be open. The garden features a variety of colonial herbs, flowers, and vegetables.
In addition, children can have fun with the following activities:
• Colonial costumes
• Noah's Discovery Learning Space
• Colonial games and toys
• Scavenger hunt
• Treasure hunt
PLUS: The Museum Shop will offer a 20% discount on all full priced merchandise during the open house hours.

Beyond the Grave Cemetery Series
Thursdays, June 26, July 17, and August 21 at 7 p.m.
This summer, join us for a three-part series about two of West Hartford's oldest cemeteries.
June 26: The Center Cemetery: Hear stories like those of Noah Webster Sr. and his wife Mercy and Jacob Merrill, who came to his death by falling on the handle of a pitchfork.
July 17: The North Cemetery: Learn about the symbolism of gravestone carvings, then the tales of Arthur Talcott, who was the only Civil War soldier from West Hartford to be exhumed and brought home for burial; and the story of the six Steele orphans
August 21: The final program will focus on a murder that occurred on Park Road in 1877. Through newspaper articles and trial transcripts, Sarah St. Germain will lead a presentation and discussion on a story that could have been written for CSI or Law and Order.
A series subscription is $20 for the general public and $10 for museum members. Single sessions are $8 for the general public and $5 for museum members. Tickets are available here.

Some programs are subject to change. Please call ahead or make a reservation as required.


Conversations: A Community Forum

A discussion-based event dealing with timely topics and civil discourse.

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.

West Hartford Hauntings

A spooky theatrical nighttime tour of West Hartford's North Cemetery. Beware of those that wander the night!

Author Series

Meet a different author each month during our Author Series.