Our Scholars Lectures will explore a variety of topics related to the history of the Mather Homestead including:

  • Revolutionary Times: the Homestead, built by Deacon Joseph Mather, a devoted preacher and patriot, was raided by the Tories during the Revolutionary War. 

  • 18th and 19th century living: the Mather Homestead was kept within family for over seven generations and largely untouched.  

  • Stephen Mather:  we celebrate the life and legacy of conservationist Stephen Mather, founder of our National Parks Service.  

Past lectures:

Gordon Wood, Friends Divided:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:30 pm

Gordon Wood, Professor Emeritus for the History Department of Brown University and Pulitzer Prize winner, discussed his most recent book Friends Divided:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to a sold out audience.  Little trivia fact ... Professor Gordon Wood was mentioned by Matt Damon in the film "Good Will Hunting"!  

Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Press:  Fake News 19th Century Style
Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm
The Mather Homestead welcomes esteemed academics of American History for lectures.  On , the Homestead welcomed Harold Holzer, scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era.  He won the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and four other awards in 2015 for his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press.  His topic:  "Lincoln and the Press:  Fake News 19th Century Style".  Stay tuned for information on our next event. 

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19 Stephen Mather Road, Darien, CT  06820

Mailing address:  PO Box 1054, Darien, CT  06820, 203-202-7602

"He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be

developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done."            

-Louis C. Cramton, referring to Stephen T. Mather (1867-1930)