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Try Our New Tablet Tour!

Visitors can now experience the museum in a whole new way- through a self-guided tablet tour. The tour features illustrations by Monica Vachula (Noah Webster: Weaver of Words; Paul Revere's Ride), videos, interactive content, and Spanish translation. Learn more here!

The tablet tour is made possible in part by grants from: Connecticut Humanities, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Evolution of an Artist: Christopher Straus

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is delighted to present Evolution of An Artist: Chris Straus featuring original works by the West Hartford artist.

Chris graduated from Hall High School in 2007 and from the WAAVE program in 2010. Joy, concentration, and achievement describe Chris as he paints. Chris is an individual with motoric and intellectual disabilities whose painting talent was discovered in High School art classes. Post-graduation, he enrolled in painting classes at the West Hartford Art League in 2010. Chris paints only in art class with other artists and he works with his teacher, Brian Colbath, to try new strokes, techniques and to expand his repertoire. Producing a painting represents approximately 10 hours of work. Chris delights in painting natural scenes he has visited with his family. Painting from photographs, Chris interprets what is in the photo, but his style is evolving to try different strokes and layers of paint to achieve texture and color shading. Chris’ favorite style of painting is the Impressionists, and he chooses to paint in oils that are, as he says, forgiving of his mistakes.

His first professional show was in 2011 at the Midsummer Festival at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. He had another successful solo show at the Noah Webster House Museum in 2012. He has also contributed to shows at the Kerri Gallery in Willimantic, CT, the Marlborough Arts Center in Marlborough, CT, and at the West Hartford Art League.
This show demonstrates Chris’ evolution as a painter. The subject matter he has represented includes flowers and birds, as well as landscapes and sunsets. His understanding of light and color and the reflection of light on water is developing and he is gaining strength as an artist. Challenging his teacher about light, color, and reflection, Chris is finding his own voice as an artist and learning to interpret rather than reproduce a scene.
He has sold many of his original works, and his card line that is carried in Connecticut by Whole Foods Market features reproductions of his work. He hopes his paintings bring joy and a smile to you, too.

Noah Webster: Defining American

This permanent exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to explore Noah Webster’s life and his many surprising accomplishments. Most people know he write the dictionary, but did you know that Noah also:
• Impacted the U.S. government
• Improved U.S. education
• Influenced our national language and culture
• Was an abolitionist
And a whole lot more, all while raising eight children and traveling the world? Find out the details in this fun and interactive exhibit that lets kids and adults learn more about America’s defining founder!


Noah's Discovery Learning Space

If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day, you’ve found it! Combined with the Defining American exhibit, Noah’s Discovery Learning Space will keep kids busy for hours!  The three rooms of the 1787 "lean-to" addition of the historic house have been transformed into a hands-on activity space for children! Kids can dig up artifacts in the archaeology section, play with a replica of Noah’s family farm, and pretend to be a colonial kid in an immersive colonial kitchen- complete with pretend food and firewood! Don’t forget that museum members get free admission year round.