Archive Archaeology

Digging Up History at the Danbury Museum

COLLECTIONS, COMMUNITY & CONVERSATION – New exhibit at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society

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Collections, Community & Conversation The Danbury Museum & Historical Society Winter Exhibit January 18, 2014 through March 22, 2014 Open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  & Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DANBURY, CT – The Danbury Museum & Historical Society launched their latest exhibit – Collections, […] [Read More]

“There Was Circus in the Air”

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A Bit of Background Danbury has always been well acquainted with the circus. In fact, the town was home to several early pioneers of the American circus, namely Aaron Turner. Turner, the proprietor of one of the earliest traveling shows, Turner’s Columbian Circus, was actually P.T. Barnum’s mentor and from 1836 to 1838, Barnum traveled […] [Read More]

Danbury’s Model Citizen

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One day, in the late 1920s, artist Paul J. Meylan walked into Meeker’s Hardware on White Street in search of a stove.  What he found instead was inspiration. After a nationwide search, Meylan spotted lifelong Danburian and sales clerk, Thomas J. “Porky” Neary, the perfect likeness for American author Clarence Budington Kelland’s character, Scattergood Baines. […] [Read More]

A Daring Driver & The Danbury Fair

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The Danbury Evening News , Monday, October 11, 1909 boasted, “A total of 61,414 people attended the Danbury Fair last week, figures that have been exceeded but once since the Fair was established forty-one years ago.”  Newspaper accounts also reveal that one of the biggest draws that year happened to be the highly anticipated automobile races with over […] [Read More]

A Chinese Dragon and an Alligator Boy

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I was a high school senior when the last Danbury Fair took place in 1981.  I remember  feeling a sadness, like many others, that attending that final fair was historic in some way.  I was just sixteen years old at the time, but I recall making a conscious effort to capture everything about it in […] [Read More]

The Great Danbury State Fair & Early 20th Century Outdoor Advertising

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In remembrance of The Great Danbury State Fair, and given all of the nostalgia that surrounds it, I thought I’d spotlight some early newspaper accounts, from days gone by, both before and during Fair Week.  But first, a bit of history….. The origins of the Danbury Fair began in 1821 when the Fairfield Agricultural Society […] [Read More]

DMHS to host ‘in the heART of winter’; an Accessible Art 2013 exhibit

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The Danbury Museum & Historical Society’s ‘in the heART of winter’ art exhibit opens on Saturday, January 26th from 4pm to 6pm, with an artist reception in Huntington Hall, located at 43 Main Street, Danbury. This juried exhibit is sponsored in conjunction with The Cultural Alliance of Western CT and features the work of eleven […] [Read More]
Categories: Art, Danbury, General

Keeping History Close

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I’ve been blessed in life having been born into a family that loves to talk about the past.  Inevitably, at our gatherings, we turn nostalgic, share stories, sigh and cry over old photos.  I learned very young to embrace my family history and all of the characters who helped shape it. In elementary school, I […] [Read More]
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