The Wilton Historical Society is running several new programs for children and adults.

Museum Mornings: Handmade Book Workshop

Starting Saturday, Sept. 12 and running through Saturday, Sept. 26., this program is part of a new effort this fall at the Wilton Historical Society — Museum Mornings, hands-on history/art workshops on Saturday mornings. Each month will bring a different project which will be explored over three sessions. With ample opportunity to delve in deeply, children will be able to enjoy hands-on time to craft their material with satisfying results.

The Museum Mornings project for September is handmade books; the sessions will be held on Sept. 12, 19, and 26 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m..

Over three Saturdays, children will learn how to make books they can use for journals, notes, art, and gifts. Some will be made by hand-sewing the binding, some with yarn, and some accordion style. There will be an opportunity to try quill writing, too, as children may want to write in their journals. They may also want to create very special notes and cards. Children are encouraged to bring paper and/or illustrations they may already have to incorporate into their project – please bring to the first session.

The program is suggested for ages 8 – 12; registration is required and space is limited. The cost is $45 per child for members, and $60 per child for non-members. The fee includes all three sessions; sessions cannot be bought individually.

For more information or to register, contact the Historical Society via email or call 203.762.7257. The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd./Rt 7.

New Ready Rangers! Program for Middle School Students and Tweens

The Wilton Historical Society is forming a new program specifically for grades 5 and up. Called the Ready Rangers, the members are valued volunteers who are ready to help at the Society when called. The Ready Rangers will meet once a month to get to know each other, have fun with a history related craft or project (pizza, too), and hear about upcoming events where their help might be needed. They may be asked to take tickets at an event, judge a contest, or assist with historic crafts and activities – and have fun while helping. It is a great opportunity for kids to learn about volunteering and participating in community events.

The first meeting for Ready Rangers will be Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m..

“We already know that we will need some brave volunteers to help out with our Things That Go Bump in the Night ghost event on Oct. 10” said Leslie Nolan, executive director. “We are hoping some of our Ready Rangers can step into action when they get the call.”

The Ready Rangers will wear special t-shirts when they are helping, and receive certificates of appreciation at the end of the year. All arrangements are by e-mail, and parents are in the loop. For more information, please contact museum educator Allison Reznik by e-mail or call 203.762.7257.

Popular Walking Tours of Lambert Corner are Back!  Former First Selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell to Lead First Tour

Join former first selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell on the first of two walking tours of the Wilton Historical Society’s preserved Lambert Corner buildings. To be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m., the hour-long guided tour includes the Lambert House, which was built on the site c.1726, and eight other buildings moved there in order to preserve them. They are the Lambert Cottage, Kent District School, Hurlbutt Street Country Store and Post Office, Wilton Railroad Station, Davenport Barn, Cannon Family General Store, 18th-century Cannon Family Corn Crib and the not-to-be-missed George Davenport Greek Revival Privy. The entire site comprises Wilton’s Historic District #1.

The Society has recently acquired an interesting 1739 land deed. The beautifully preserved document, complete with an intact red wax seal, shows that “for and in consideration of the sum of fourty [sic] two pounds ten shillings money to me in hand” Joseph Manrow of “Wilton parish in Norwalk in the County of Fairfield within his Majesties Colony of Connecticut in New England” sold “four acres and fifty rods of land lying the west side of Chestnut hill so called in So parish of Wilton” to David Lambert (1700-1784). As Lambert House was built c.1726, David Lambert was expanding his real estate holdings.

The buildings at Lambert Corner were moved to the site of the original Lambert homestead, know as “Lilacstead” at the intersection of Routes 7 and 33 over the past 40 years. Most of the buildings are now used as shops and offices. The Wilton Historical Society was a pioneer in what is now called adaptive re-use – historic structures which have been updated for contemporary use. The Society has rescued, in total, 18 buildings typical of a New England rural community on three campuses in Wilton, all visible from Route 7.

Russell, Wilton historian and author of Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress, will share some of the interesting stories of the people associated with the buildings. One tale he might relate involves Suzanna Rogers Lambert’s mother Elizabeth Fitch, who, in driving through Wilton in her coach with four decorated horses and a group of liverymen, made such a spectacle that the townspeople ran to their windows each time she drove by.

Tours will end at noon at the Historical Christmas Barn store, 150 Danbury Road, where cider and cookies will be served. Other businesses in the complex will be open. Comfortable walking attire is suggested.

Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress is available for purchase at the Wilton Historical Society’s Betts Store.

Please register for this event by e-mail or by calling 203.762.7257