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*

Love Where You Live: The Power of Place (Conversations: A Community Forum)
Thursday, October 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
What is it about Place that draws people to West Hartford – and keeps them there?  Why is it important to be committed to the place that you live? What steps can we take to understand and embrace our community’s past, while celebrating its rich present and promising future? Learn more here!
The event is free to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Register here.


Poetry Read-In With David Luff, Andy Weil, and David Epstein
Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m.
You are invited to hear local poets David Luff, Andy Weil, and David Epstein as they lead an afternoon of poetry at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. Maria Sassi, West Hartford poet laureate emeritus, will host the festivities, including an open mic portion.
Poets are encouraged to read their own works during the open mic portion of the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public, but donations will be gratefully accepted.


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.


Spirits in the House
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Spirits in the House is the museum’s fantastical fall fundraiser. Whimsy and imagination will transform the museum into a magical jazz club, full of spirited activities, including magic and fortune-telling, entertainment, food, and special cocktails. Click here for more details.

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.