Celebrating Wilton Reads!

Celebrating Wilton Reads!

Wilton Historical is proud to partner with Wilton Library for the 2022 Wilton Reads program.  We congratulate Bob Russell, author of Wilton Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places and Progress, on the selection of his authoritative history for this annual community event.

The Wilton Reads program will culminate with an author talk by Bob Russell on Wednesday, May 4th. During his talk, he will be recognized with a Grodin Family Fine Writers Award.

Wednesday, May 4, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Book Talk by Bob Russell
Register Now!

In Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress, historian Bob Russell takes us on a remarkable journey through our town.  Wilton began three hundred years ago as part of Norwalk and became a separate town in 1802.  As the story develops, you will meet the early pioneers, the Revolutionary patriots, the Gold Rush prospectors, and other fascinating people who have helped to build the Wilton of today.  Click here to register; the program is offered in person as well as online.

More Wilton Historical offerings to celebrate Wilton Reads and Wilton history:

Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm:
Who Were Roger Sherman and Samuel Johnson? A talk by Damien Cregeau
in person at Wilton Library.

Presented by Drum Hill Chapter NSDAR with co-sponsors Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library. No charge. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 7, 2:00 – 4:00:
Spring into Wilton’s Stories: Storytelling Through Puppetry, Quilt Codes and Writing Out Loud.

This family-focused event at the Wilton Historical Society Museum Complex will feature the marvelous Adelka of Sova Dance and Puppet Theater. She will perform two original, interactive puppet shows loosely based on stories by Wilton children’s book authors and illustrators.  Underground Railroad stories were told with colorful codes which formed quilt block patterns – learn about how that worked!  Writing Out Loud is an interactive storytelling activity that kids love.  Plan on bringing the whole family! Click here for more information.

Coming Soon:

Coloring and Activity Book! My Town: Wilton Yesterday and Today.

With original drawings by students Josh Russell, Jason Sobel and Courtney Wein.  A great little overview of Wilton’s history for the younger set.  For sale at Wilton Historical’s Betts Store or at Wilton Library.  $8.00

New on YouTube!  A collection of Bob Russell Walking Tours.  Wish you could go on a history walk with Bob Russell? You can! Wilton Historical is making available professionally filmed walking tours with Bob.  Be an armchair tourist and visit the Wilton Congregational Church inside and out (including the steeple!); Hillside Cemetery; Lambert Corner; and “Spirits of the Past” at Sharp Hill Cemetery. Available shortly.