Weston and “Life in the Twenties” on Display

A new exhibition at Weston Historical Society not only takes a look back at Weston and the nation a century ago, it also cleverly illustrates how much has changed and how much hasn’t.

“Weston Slept While the Nation Roared: Life in the Twenties” also makes the case that, while Weston may have slept during the period, it also came to life, transforming from a farming town into a magnet for artists, theater stars, and others attracted to, as the Historical Society puts it, “a refuge from the chaotic life of the city.”

In three display rooms, you will see the technology of the day, news stories, art by Weston legends, games, photographs, books, clothing, political memorabilia, and more. You can even sit for a while and enjoy a Charlie Chaplin movie. Concise descriptions put everything in context, including the issues of the era, many of which still resonate.

The Historical Society has been organizing the exhibition since 2019. “We created the exhibit to show the relevance between our present early twenties to the past 1920s,” said Samantha Kulish-Fargione, the Society’s Executive Director. “We wanted to show similarities and the differences in a way that would impress the viewer with how in many cases civilization has progressed and how it has stayed the same.”

The exhibition will be open until the end of the year. The summer hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is open during the same hours on Sundays in July, August, and September, but is closed on Labor Day weekend and on Sunday, September 19.

You can also visit by appointment. The best way to set one up is by email to info@westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Admission is free for members. For others, the suggested donation is $5.00 per person.

Membership has its privileges, including discounts for the Historical Society’s popular Music at the Barn series. On Sunday, August 15, Accidental Breakdown performs a danceable mix of reggae, rock, R&B and jazz starting at 5:30. See our Events section.

Weston Historical Society is at 104 Weston Road. The parking lot and museum entrance is accessed from High Acre Road. The telephone is (203) 226-1804, and you can always get more information on the website.

Two walls of photographs at Weston Historical Society pay tribute to the late Daniel E. Offutt III, whose estate has been generous to Weston and to the Society. Many of Mr. Offutt’s artworks grace the Society’s grounds, including a striking metal sculpture of a locomotive on the exterior of the barn.

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