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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*

Awesome April Workshops
Monday-Friday, April 14-18
A week of hands-on workshops for kids! Read more.

Webster's War of the Words
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.
The museum's biggest fun-draiser of the year! Read more.

Johnson's Dictionary (at the Noah Webster House)
Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. (reception, 6:15 p.m.)
On Thursday, May 1, the museum will team up with the Mark Twain House to present Morwenna Rae, the curator of the Samuel Johnson House in London, England. Rae will speak on Johnson's Dictionary and its influence on Anglo-American literature.
Doors will open at 6:15 for a reception and to allow guests to see the museum's exhibits and parts of the historic house. The talk will begin at 7 p.m.
Rae has been the Deputy Curator and Education Officer at the Dr Johnson's House Trust for over four years. She has a Master's in history from the University of Warwick.

Poetry Read-In
Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m.
Hear well-known poets Sherri Bedingfield and Marilyn Johnston 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 afternoon's festivities, including an open mic portion.
Sherri Bedingfield's poetry has appeared in several anthologies and small press publications including Caduceus, Journal of Poetry Therapy and Connecticut River Review. Her book, Transitions and Transformations, was published in 2010 by Antrim House.
Recipient of an MA in English from Trinity College, in the past decade, Johnston's work has received six Pushcart Prize nominations and has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Worcester Review and South Carolina Review.
Maria Sassi, the host of Webster's Read-Ins, is a prize-winning poet and playwright and served as the first Poet Laureate of West Hartford from 2005-2009.
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.

Celebrate! West Hartford
June 7 & 8 at West Hartford Town Hall
Visit us at our booth for information, fun, and games! Details to come.

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: Tales of residents like Reverend Myron Morris and the 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.

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.