Rarely seen Westport ‘Treasures’ go on display

They’re dusting off the archives and clearing out the cellar and closets at the Westport Historical Society, and inviting the public to come check out some of its impressive collections of local history.

The historical society throws light on this seldom-seen trove from several centuries of Westport history in two new exhibits opening Sunday and running through April 27 at its headquarters, 25 Avery Place.

“Treasures Revealed!” unearths artifacts from the its archives and collections for display in the Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery.

The concurrent exhibit, “Inside Story,” focuses on its Bradley-Wheeler House and Cobblestone Barn, and is on display in the Mollie Donovan Gallery.

An opening reception for members and invited guests for both exhibits will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Wine and refreshments will be served at the reception, which will follow the society’s annual meeting.

The displays, a collaboration between the historical society’s volunteer-run Exhibits, Oral History, Archives and Collections departments, are designed to give visitors a richer impression of Westport’s history.

Featured artifacts will include early documents, correspondence and photos; vintage garments; U.S. coastal surveys and aerial maps showing Westport from 1838 to 1931; Mary Sherwood’s early 19th-century wedding quilt; an 1874 inkwell carved from a Bedford Estate chestnut tree, and a Rose O’Neill-designed Kewpie doll, one of five million sold by 1913.

Call 203-222-1424 for information, or go HERE.

John Schwing