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.
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.
Joshua Kendall: Author of The Forgotten Founding Father
Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
At the Hartford Public Library
Hartford Public Library's Hartford History Center and the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will present an author talk with Joshua Kendall's "The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture." The author event will be held in the library's third floor Hartford History Center.
The Hartford History Center is home to the Noah Webster Pamphlet Collection, a collection that covers a broad range of topics including religion, politics, disease control, education, agriculture, and geography. Webster was an avid collector of these pamphlets during the period of 1775 to 1834 and gifted it to the Hartford Library Company, the precursor to the Hartford Public Library, a few years before his death in 1843. A finding aid is available in the Center.
The author event is free and open to the public.
Hartford History Center: 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
10th Anniversary of West Hartford Hauntings
October 17, 18, 24, & 25 (rain dates: 19 & 26)
RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! West Hartford Hauntings often sells out!
This year, West Hartford Hauntings returns for a tenth year of lantern-lit cemetery tours. On Fridays and Saturday, October 17 & 18 and 24 & 25 (rain dates Sundays October 19 & 26) tours will leave from 6-8:45 p.m. (Sunday 5-7:45). Guests will be led through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. Tour goers will hear the stories of several past residents of West Hartford.
The event takes place at the North Cemetery on North Main Street in West Hartford.
Some programs are subject to change. Please call ahead or make a reservation as required.