Mather Homestead in Darien hosting Kevin Callahan, an author

The Mather Homestead is going to host Kevin M. Callahan, who is a local author, and historian,for a Scholars Lecture on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m.

Callahan will discuss his recent book titled “Brother in Arms,” which tells the stories of more than 250 pairs of brothers buried side-by-side in American World War II cemeteries overseas.

With memories, and materials collected from the families of those who lost these brave brothers, the book puts a face, and a story to those names carved in white marble. With this event, the Mather Homestead celebrates Memorial Day, and honors the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Callahan grew up in Elgin, Illinois, and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History from Yale University. After graduation, Callahan visited the American cemetery at Normandy, and was struck by both the beauty of the grounds, and the sacrifice of so many people. Ten years ago, Callahan visited the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy with his wife, and three young sons. Walking among the gravestones, they came across a pair of brothers buried side by side.

Callahan found the sight of the two brothers resting together to be especially poignant. It inspired Callahan to find, and tell the stories of all brothers buried side by side in American World War II cemeteries.

Callahan also has a graduate degree from the MIT, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology,) Sloan School, and a graduate degree in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Callahan lives in Rowayton with his wife, three sons, and two dogs. Tickets for the book talk are $10 for members of the homestead, and $20 for non-members Tickets are available for purchase at matherhomestead.org.

The Mather Homestead of Darien, Connecticut was built in 1778 by Deacon Joseph Mather and owned by the Mather family through seven generations, until 2017 when it was donated to The Mather Homestead Foundation. The home is one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture and has retained its character over nearly 250 years. It is open for public enjoyment and education about 18th century American history, including Revolutionary War times, and the legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), a renowned conservationist who founded the National Park Service.