History Close to Home with Author and Historian, Ken Reiss
Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Darien Library and Museum of Darien invite you to delve into the town’s past and discover how Darien gained its independence from Stamford in 1820! The town’s official Bicentennial events have been rescheduled to this year (2020 – 1 More Time!), so it is the perfect time to celebrate the town's history.
Based on extensive research by MoD’s Historian Ken Reiss, this commemorative book and the accompanying exhibition at MoD, investigates the forces blocking the town’s path to independence and the hero who persisted with the effort and gave the town its name.
Ken Reiss’ lifelong pursuit of history has in recent years been sharply focused on the story of Darien, Connecticut, where he has made his home for the past 32 years.
In addition to his most recent work to commemorate the town’s bicentennial, Darien 1820: New Town, New Times, Ken is the author of The Story of Darien, Connecticut, a definitive history of the town.
As the Historian of the Museum of Darien, Ken has served on its Board of Directors for many years and as its president for four years. He has delivered numerous lectures and curated dozens of displays and exhibitions at the Museum, including the current exhibition: Darien 1820, which outlines the town’s road to independence and accompanies his new book.
Ken graduated from the University of Connecticut and after a career of editing and publishing business magazines, he and his wife, Sylivia Reiss, started a business selling antique prints, maps and ephemera. Together, they helped found the Antiques Council.