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New Darien Historical Society Display of Pottery Shows ‘Tupperware of 19th Century’

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A spittoon, beer bottle and milk pan are part of a unique collection of Norwalk Pottery items featured in the exhibition “Shards of History” now at the Darien Historical Society. The display features several stoneware and redware pieces manufactured in Norwalk during the 1800s, when that city was known throughout the United States for producing top-quality pottery. “Glazed pottery items were once as ubiquitous as Tupperware is today,” said Richard Prowse, who with Tracy Goodnow, loaned the pieces to the Museum and co-curated the exhibition. “It was used to store everything — oysters, beer, water, pickles — you name it, there was a special vessel designed to hold it.”

Prowse, a longtime collector of Norwalk Pottery, will discuss the display and answer questions on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society.

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Extravagant Gowns on Exhibit Starting Oct 4 at the Darien Historical Society

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Fashion from the era that Mark Twain famously dubbed “The Gilded Age” will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition at the Darien Historical Society, showcasing extravagant gowns from an era synonymous with unabashed wealth. A champagne reception will mark the opening of “How the Industrial Revolution Created the Gilded Age,” on Friday, Oct. 4. — an announcement from the Darien Historical Society

The reception, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be held at the historical society at 45 Old Kings Hwy. North.