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Exhibitions Reception at Wilton Historical Society
May 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
On Friday, May 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Wilton Historical Society will hold a reception to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions.
Commitment to Community: The Lives of Laurent Clerc and Francis Clerc Ogden is developed in partnership with the American School for the Deaf, and explores the lives of two men, Laurent Clerc and his great-grandson Francis Clerc Ogden. Clerc, a co-founder of the American School for the Deaf, spent his life working to make education accessible for deaf students, including recruiting other trailblazing educators developing sign language. Ogden, a Wilton resident for nearly 70 years, was involved in countless town organizations and projects, including helping to found the Wilton Historical Society. This exhibit will examine the work both men did in service to others and the fortuitous circumstances that brought two organizations together.
The Town Book: E. Boyd Smith’s 20th Century Wilton takes a deeper look at Wilton during the early 20th century, a time of radical transformation for the town, through the work of a resident who witnessed it firsthand, E. Boyd Smith. Smith was a children’s book author and illustrator, and along with his wife Mary, was an active member of the community. Smith’s illustrations were directly inspired by the scenes he saw as he traveled around Wilton, often including landmarks familiar to his fellow residents. His books capture a lifestyle that was rapidly disappearing and made it accessible to young readers. The exhibition will display Smith’s art alongside objects from the museum’s collection to offer different perspectives on Wilton’s evolution during the first half of the 1900’s. Funding for this exhibition was provided by Connecticut Humanities.
The reception is open to the public at no charge.