If ever someone was born to be Weston's town historian, it's Kathleen Failla,. As a child she reveled in stories of the past. And her high-school classmates selected her their class historian. Naturally, on Friday Kathy was sworn in for the third time as the keeper of the town's legacy.
"I have always been interested in history. When I was a little girl I was always peppering my father with questions about history, who lived here before, he would give me the history of the sidewalks, downtown. I just sort of ate it up, I just loved history," said Kathy, who was appointed to her volunteer position in 1995.
She took over for former historian Jim Daniel, who Failla called a gifted brilliant speaker. "We would have these wonderful long conversations about Weston history and I just learned so much from himhe was very inspiring and a mentor." Daniel was the one who suggested to town officials that Failla takeover.
A Weston resident since 1988, Failla worked long, hard hours to put together a beautiful compilation of town history in a book, I mages in America: Weston published by Arcadia Publishing in 2003. After she was approached by a publishing company, she searched high and low to find photos that people had never seen before by prompting families to come forward and share their treasures.
For the past six years, Failla has also been in charge of public relations at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a school for 800 pre-school through 12th grade girls in Greenwich.
Failla, who was a journalist for the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Stamford Advocate, CT Magazine and a number of business publications, remembers hearing about historic items from town throughout the years that seemed to disappear. "If you don't take action...and preserve these things, they disappear, so my objective was to preserve the visual highlights of Weston," she said.
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