To celebrate the creative genius of Weston Woods founder Mort Schindel and his enormous contributions to fostering children’s literacy, the Weston Historical Society takes pride in presenting a three-dimensional program that is open Sunday – Tuesday – Wednesday 1-4 PM or by appointment. Exhibition continues through April 3rd. Closed on March 27, Easter Sunday.
The program will appeal to the entire family and will feature an exhibition with a treasure-trove of artifacts from Weston Woods supported with a series of spellbinding children’s videos and a series of fascinating lectures on animation filmmaking. The colorful videos, with their beloved characters, will entice young school age children. The historic process of turning stories into films will fascinate older kids, and adults will be interested in the Literacy Caravan bookmobile with its vintage filmmaking equipment films that bring to life the books from their childhood.
The creativity of Weston’s own Mort Schindel and his Weston Woods collection will be on full display, demonstrating how Mort developed an industry in a town that has no “industry.” Examples of his pioneering work in children’s media will include the development of his unique “iconographic technique,” which is a method of animating video cells for famed books such as Where the Wild Things Are, Strega Nona and other stories. The exhibition will also display the vintage cameras, production equipment, and storyboards that were used and that foreshadowed the digital age.
The Literacy Caravan
The Weston Historical Society invites pre-school and elementary school children to the historical society’s museum at 104 Weston Road to enjoy Weston Woods’ classic videos in Mort’s custom-built, vintage Literacy Caravan. This experience will surprise and delight parents and children. Video shorts and classics from the Weston Woods collection will be on December 6, December 20, January 10, January 24, February 7, February 14, March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Education & Lectures
The historical society is reaching out to schools across Fairfield County inviting them to join the Society for the colorful and art-filled exhibition. Four lectures on Weston Woods and the animation process are planned. They will feature Paul Gagne, Caldecott Award winner, who will share how to take a story and create a video at the Weston Middle School and at the historical society.
Mort Schindel Video
Paralleling these events will be an iconographic history of Mort’s recollections of his life and work in Weston. It will be a continuing chapter in the historical society’s “Weston Voices” oral history program.
Please check this page for periodic updates on programs and schedules.