The Noah Webster House museum is located in the historic house where Noah Webster was born in 1758 and lived as a child. Noah Webster created the first American dictionary and the Blue-Backed Speller, a widely used schoolbook for American children. The Noah Webster Foundation restored Webster's home and opened it as a museum in the late 1960s. About 10,000 schoolchildren and thousands of others visit the museum every year. Workshops, summer camps and a history club are just a few of the activities sponsored by the museum, which is also available for rent for private events. In addition to the museum, the site is the home of the West Hartford Historical Society.