Here’s a chance to see a bit of Wilton’s history on the big screen, when Wilton Library screens the Wilton history film, Recollections and Remembrances, this Sunday, October 22 at 3-5 p.m. in the Brubeck Room.
The 2002 documentary was produced 15 years ago on the 200th anniversary of Wilton’s separation from Norwalk in 1802. among the highlights it lovingly recalls the time when Wilton was a farm town, the one-room schools, unpaved roads, swimming in the river and the Great Flood of 1955.
The film features a number of long-time residents, some with family histories going back to the 17th and 18th centuries, who were interviewed as part of a significant oral history project. These recordings were then excerpted and combined with historical photographs and footage to create this wonderful film. Narrated by David and Maureen Canary with music by Chris and Dave Brubeck, the film follows Wilton’s path from its early roots through two world wars, the Depression, a major hurricane and a flood, and into the post-WW2 period of growth. It shows how Wiltonians worked, played and thrived in a rural farming town that became a major suburban community.
The screening will be hosted by Bob and Carol Russell and will include recognition of some of the still living oral history participants from the 2002 project as well as remembrances of those no longer with us.
There is no charge to attend. For more information and to register, visit the Wilton Library website. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..