What makes a hero and how is one made? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a hero as “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities; a person who is greatly admired.”  Many great American leaders, from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr.,, are considered heroes.

The Wilton Historical Society will explore this at a Sculpt Me A Hero Workshop for Kids on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Museum educator Lola Chen will discuss these great heroes, as well as some lesser known figures. Participants will be able to see a remarkable sculpture from the Society’s permanent collection, a massive sculpted head of George Washington created by Wilton artist Gifford Proctor (1912-2006). The workshop project will be sculpting their own hero, and the children will also help make their own snack.

The workshop is suggested for ages 6-12. The cost to participate is $10 per child for Wilton Historical Society members, with a maximum of $25 per family; non-member cost is $15 per child, with a maximum of $35 per family.  Register via email or by calling 203.762.7257.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd..

Did You Know?

The son of sculptor Alexander Proctor, Gifford MacGregor Proctor (1912-2006) was a long-time resident of Wilton.  A 10-foot version of his statue of George Washington is located in the foyer by the auditorium at Middlebrook School, while the Wilton Historical Society has a smaller version, plus a very large study of the head.  Gifford’s art studio on the Kaiser family’s property on Seeley Road was well known.