Wednesday, April 27, 2005
The old Westport Town Hall on Post Road East is almost a century old and Friday will host a celebration that ties the old with the new.
Former Town Hall: an old postcard view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE File photo
Hudson United Bank of Westport and The Westport Historical Society are joining together for a special celebration called “Something Old is. . . Something New!” as the bank celebrates the grand opening of its new Westport office in the historic building at 90 Post Road East.
On display in the bank�s lobby and offices will be a selection from the Society�s collection of vintage fashions and accessories popular in 1900s, most of which have not been on public display for 15 years.
The new headquarters for Hudson United Bank is a turn of the century-building, circa 1908.
A gallery space on the bank’s third floor will showcase World War II military uniforms—including Westport’s own Paul Newman�s—in addition to a collection of rare, vintage World War I posters that urge the folks back home to buy V-bonds to support their troops.
The public is invited to view the Bank�s new Westport headquarters and enjoy the nostalgic exhibits of a time gone by. Parked outside the building will be classic cars from Concours d�Elegance, on special display for the evening. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.
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Westport World War II history started in front of the old Town Hall 1942 on the original Honor Roll where it stood with honor and pride for 37 years. Stevan Dohanos painted the Honor Roll and sold it to Curtis Puplishing Company.
December 4,1943 the painting appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Westport became well known throughout the world.
The Curtis Publishing Company gave the painting back to Westport for an Auction War Bond Dive 1944.Two Westport businessmen bided by proxy and paid
80,000 dollars for the painting and gave the painting back to the town. Westport History must be told.