WESTPORT IN FOCUS

Westport In Focus is an online exhibit collaboration between the museum and Westport photographer, Jerri Graham. The exhibit will allow Westporters from all walks of life to tell their own stories about living in the Connecticut town considered “ground zero” for the Coronavirus epidemic in the state. Westport in Focus marries the skill of the experienced portraitist with the curatorial and oral history expertise of the museum. The goal is to create a living history of the town’s experience as “ground-zero” for Coronavirus in Connecticut. Westporters—and those who work in Westport—are encouraged to participate and share their stories of living in this new and discomfiting reality. 

The project can be viewed on Instagram @WestportFocus and Facebook @WestportInFocus. Families can signup by emailing the museum at virtualmuseum@westporthistory.org

Focus on: Michael Barker, Managing Director, Westport Country Playhouse
Michael originally hales from Jonesboro, Arkansas and Sewanee, Tennessee. He spent 4 years in graduate school in New Haven at the …
Focus On: Diane Benke & Family
“We have lived in Westport 10 ½ years. I am a stay at home mom & amateur triathlete/swimmer. My husband …
Focus On: Michelle Murphy & Family
As I write this, we are in week six of social distancing. Although I have less fear than six weeks …
Focus On: Laura Tucker & Family
The Tuckers, Laura, David and their three kids Lili, a college freshman; Avery a Staples sophomore and Eily a 3rd grader at Long Lots, …
Focus On: Netta Levy & Family
I am a PTA volunteer (Staples high school PTA President) and a marketing consultant. I’ve been able to still do most …
Focus On: Cheryl Bliss
Cheryl Bliss has lived in Westport for 40 years. She moved here with her husband, Michael, and together they raised their three children …
Focus On: CLASP
Since 1976, CLASP group homes, headquartered in Westport, creates and supports family environments for people with autism and intellectual disabilities. Latravia Cox and Tiffany Scott are …
Focus On: Lisa Laudico & Family
Lisa Laudico has lived in Westport for 13 years with her husband and two sons. She is a Metastatic Breast Cancer survivor …
Focus On: Kelle & Jeff Ruden
Originally hailing from Texas, Kelle Ruden has lived in Westport for 20 years with her husband Jeffrey, who grew up in Westport and graduated …
Focus On: Bob Mitchell
Bob Mitchell is a former chairperson of Westport Museum (Westport Historical Society). He’s lived in Westport with his wife, Kathy, …
Focus On: Westport Third Selectperson, Melissa Kane
Melissa Kane is Westport’s Third Selectperson. Raised in Manhattan she spent summers in Westport as a child in historic houses …
Focus On: Chef Matt Storch
Chef Matt Storch, owner of Match restaurant in SoNo and Westport’s own BurgerLobster was born and raised in Westport. He graduated Staples High School …
Focus On: Westport First Selectman, Jim Marpe
Ohio Native, Jim Marpe and his wife, Mary Ellen, have lived in Westport for 31 years. Previously an executive at Accenture, Marpe served on …
Focus On: Sara Scully and Family
Sara Scully and her family have lived in Westport for four years. She is a high school family consumer science …
Focus On: Chef Bill Taibe
Chef and Restaurateur Bill Taibe, is the mastermind behind the beloved Westport restaurants, Ka Wa Ni, the Whelk and Jesup Hall.  He lives …
Focus On: Lindsay Bilchik & Family
This has been a special time for our family of 3 to be together before baby number 2 arrives in mid-May. We …
Focus On: Dawn Collins
Dawn Collins has lived in Westport for 20 years although she originally hails from Maine. She lives with her daughter, …
Focus On: Larry Untermeyer
At 91 years old, Larry Untermeyer is still very much the international jet-setting man-about-town he was back in his days …
Focus On: Liz Britten & Family
I was aware of COVID in January because of what was happening in China. In February, we were in Costa …
Focus On: Navida Greifenberger & Family
Navida Greifenberger has lived in Westport with her husband and almost-9-year-old daughter for 8 years. She is the founder of the Facebook Group …

History happens every day and all around us. Sometimes that fact is more apparent than at others in our lives but this is one of those times when it is crystal clear. Our hope is that we can record history for posterity and for the knowledge of future generations.

RAMIN GANESHRAM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WESTPORT MUSEUM

In an effort to remain connected as a community, our mission is to show our faces to our neighbors. We can’t forget who we are behind the closed doors during this pandemic. Partnering with Westport Museum to create a living history to be archived for future generations will demonstrate how we survived, thrived, and maintained our humanity as a town in this unprecedented time.

JERRI GRAHAM, WESTPORT IN FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHER