The Town Book: E. Boyd Smith’s 20th Century Wilton


Children’s book author and illustrator E. Boyd Smith called Wilton, CT home for nearly four decades. During that time, he saw a town that experienced rapid growth and change that impacted the town’s rural and agricultural roots, its common leisure activities, transportation infrastructure, and children’s education. Smith’s work – directly inspired by the landscapes he saw in and around his hometown – captured all aspects of life in a community quickly emerging into the 20th century, and explored this changing world through stories accessible to children across the nation.

The Town Book: E. Boyd Smith’s 20th Century Wilton is a new exhibition at the Wilton Historical Society which explores Wilton’s evolution from a small farming community into the modern suburb it is today. The exhibition will display Smith’s art alongside objects from the museum’s collection to offer different perspectives on Wilton’s development during the first half of the 1900’s.

Open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

$10 for Adults, FREE for Members and Children under 18. Admission to this exhibit also includes entry to Commitment to Community: the Lives of Laurent Clerc and Francis Clerc Ogden.

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by Connecticut Humanities.

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