At the Darien Historical Society: February filled with songs, romance... and flags

Matters of the heart will be celebrated during the month of February at the Darien Historical Society with programs and exhibits intended to kindle a flame of passion for local history and town pride.

Discover the town’s patriotic past through the exhibit, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of the Flag,” which runs through March 13. The “stars” of the exhibit are the antique flags in the Society’s collection and also the history of the town. A mini-exhibit featuring the flag-themed photographs of Darien resident Robert Carley is also on display. The display, open during the Society’s regular hours, is free for members, and also Darien’s first responders, teachers and students. The cost is $5 for non-members.

Celebrate the season of love by browsing through a display of Revolutionary War-era love letters collected by Cate Raymond, a young woman who lived near Five Mile River when this area was known as Middlesex Parish. “Cupid Goes to War: The Love Letters of Cate Raymond” is on display through March.

Society Historian Ken Reiss will conduct “drop-in” curator’s talks on the exhibit, on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary.

A special Black History Month musical that brings to life seven African American women through words, movement and song will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.  “A JOURNEY: A Musical One-Woman Show” is presented by Kimberly Wilson, an award-winning actress.

This show tells the stories of an African Queen, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and more.  Through soulful singing, character transformations, joyous celebrations and painful reflections, Wilson takes the audience on a powerful journey of courage, persistence, hope, faith, and love.

“These are historical figures I'm portraying, but anybody who comes to see the show can find something in their own history," she said. "Everyone has a unique journey."

The cost is $10 for members and students and $30 for non-members. To register, go to or call 203-655-9233.

The Darien Historical Society wishes to thank the “generous sponsors” of the “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of Our Flag” exhibit: Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Atria Senior Living of Darien, Barrett Bookstore, Christie’s Quilting Boutique, Geary Gallery, M3 Messenger, Ring's End of Darien and Signarama of Stamford. Media sponsors are Darien Times and WSHU Public Radio.

To become a member of the society, call 203-655-9233 or visit