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WestportREADS 2018: “On the Front”: Veterans' Reflections on WWI

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A panel of veterans, including Jay Dirnberger (helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War) , Jack Klinge (Kennedy Administration, cold war) and Patrick Scott (Afganistan), reflect on their own experiences of war and how the “great war” altered their world. In this collaboration with WestportREADS, the Westport Historical Society will moderate an open dialogue about war and the impacts on the daily lives of people dealing with the aftermath of the World War I, as well as the building tension of World War II. Veterans from various backgrounds will discuss their experiences and their thoughts on the conflicts that still arise today. More...

Note location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT

Please call (203) 222-1424 to reserve your seats; reservations are suggested. A program fee of $10 will be taken at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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Register for WestportREADS 2018 Family Program: Create Your Own "Dazzle Ship"

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As part of Westport reads , families are invited to design their own Dazzle Ship. Learn about this extraordinary and little-known military tactic. Openings still available so register now online! 

Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton is one of the companion books chosen for WestportREADS 2018 and is a picture book of the dazzling way that British and American ships were painted in WWI to deceive the German U-boat crews. Reserve a copy of Dazzle Ships.

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018, All ages

WestportREADS 2018: Author Andrew Carroll on "My Fellow Soldiers"

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Writer Andrew Carroll will discuss his most recent book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. The book draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.

Andrew is also the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a NationWar Letters and Behind the Lines. He is featured in the critically acclaimed PBS film on World War I, called "The Great War.” He serves as the director of the Center for American War Letters.

Andrew has also been a contributing editor to numerous publications, including the New Yorker, TIME, AARP’s Bulletin and  magazine, and his op-eds and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, American History magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, Details, and National Geographic. He also authored the play, “If All the Sky Were Paper,” toured the United States in 2013 and was recently performed at the Kennedy Center. The play is based on Andrew’s worldwide search for the most extraordinary war letters ever written.

On Veterans Day 1998, Andrew Carroll founded a national initiative that honors veterans and active-duty troops by preserving their wartime correspondence. Over the past two decades, Americans have shared with Andrew an estimated 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and emails) from every war in U.S. history. The Legacy Project has been re-named “The Center for American War Letters,” and is now part of Chapman University. The Center’s mission is to continue collecting, preserving, cataloging, and digitizing, and promoting war-related correspondences. 

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018: Westport Cinema Initiative Screening & Discussion of "Letters from Baghdad"

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See the documentary film, Letters from Baghdad, which tells the story of Gertrude Bell, British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. She shaped the modern Middle East after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, Bell helped draw the borders of Iraq and established the Iraq Museum. Why has she been written out of history? (2016, 1h 36m) After the film, a discussion with the directors will be moderated by Westporter Maggie Mudd. 

Tickets, $10 through on Westport Cinema Initiative website.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Westport Town Hall

WestportREADS 2018: Reflecting on WAR STORIES: A Veterans Project

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This panel discussion brings together veterans and the creative team that created the performance work War Stories, to discuss the process and the integration of veterans back into society. The panel features Peter Van Heerden, creator of the project and Executive Director of The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, as well as artist Nina Bentley, writer Sonya Huber and the veterans from the project to tell their stories.

Note location: Westport VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars,) 465 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

War Stories is a devised performance work created in collaboration with 16 homeless veterans from ARBI/Homes for the Brave. Using "Courageous Storytelling" as an entry point, this important and timely project employs and empowers a core group of homeless Veterans to develop a full-length performance work, War Stories.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND WAR STORIES

Peter Van Heerden has served as Executive Director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts since 2015. Van Heerden, a Westport resident, came to the Quick Center from The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization where he also served as Executive Director. Prior to that post, he spent 15 years as a Senior Faculty Member in Performance Studies at City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town, South Africa. He also founded and served as Artistic Director of ERF 81 Cultural Collective, in which artists, performers, historians, educators and other generate projects vested in the culture and heritage of contemporary South Africa.

Nina Bentley, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, has exhibited her work in Europe and the U.S. for over 40 years. Her sculpture is included in the permanent collection of the New Britain Art Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT. She directed the Rye Art Center in Rye, NY; ran a gallery and has served on the boards of the Silvermine Artists Guild and the Westport Arts Center. She lived in Europe and South America for 15 years and currently resides in Westport, CT.

Sonya Huber is the author of three books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and the new essay collection Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System. Her other books include The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, and other journals. She teaches at Fairfield University and directs Fairfield’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018 Kick-Off: Westport WWI Digitization Day

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Do you have your grandfather’s WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? Or a stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? Or a story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind?

Bring your collection to be scanned or photographed to help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War I. The CT State Library staff record the stories and digitize the photos, letters, medals, keepsakes or objects saved by the men and women who served in the US and overseas. They’ll work with you to create a profile for the WWI era person you want to remember. They’ll scan or photograph the pictures, letters or souvenirs you bring in and return them to you the same day. All of the images and stories will be added to an online WWI collection and to the Connecticut Digital Archive where they’ll be preserved for future generations.

A few notes:

  • Photocopies or printouts from the web cannot be digitized.
  • Newspapers or any other materials that are copyrighted cannot be digitized.
  • No weapons. They were an important part of the war, but for safety and security reasons, we can’t allow them at events.

Your ancestor wasn’t from Connecticut? No problem! We don’t care where they were from as long as you are a Connecticut resident!

To learn more check out the FAQ!

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018 Movie: Regeneration

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Regeneration tells the story of soldiers of World War I sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most important WWI poets. Based on our WestportREADS 2018 novel by Pat Barker, it stars Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby and Jonny Lee Miller. (1997, 1h 36m)

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 13 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration
2/13: Community & Country: A Spirit of Service

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WestportREADS 2018 Movie: Legends of the Fall

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Legends of the Fall, told against the ackdrop of WWI, is the story of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana whose fates are intertwined with that of a woman. Based on the novella by Jim Harrison, it stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond and Aidan Quinn. (1994, 2h 13m)

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 13 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration
2/13: Community & Country: A Spirit of Service

Large Reading Room
WestportREADS 2018, WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2018 Movie: All Quiet on the Western Front

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All Quiet on the Western Front follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. Based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel, it stars Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres.(1930, 2h 16m)

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 13 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration
2/13: Community & Country: A Spirit of Service

Large Reading Room
WestportREADS 2018, WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2018 Movie: A Farewell to Arms

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In Farewell to Arms, an English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit. The film was based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Ernest Hemingway, was produced by David O. Selznick and starred Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones and Vittorio De Sica. (1957, 2h 32m)

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 13 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration
2/13: Community & Country: A Spirit of Service

Large Reading Room
WestportREADS 2018, WestportREADS, Films