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

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, Community & Conversation, an Accessible Art Exhibit  in conjunction with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

The cases in Huntington Hall are filled with a myriad of interesting objects gleaned from the collections of  individuals from The Greater Danbury area; including vintage photographs on display from guest curator, Catherine Vanaria, Professor of Photography at Western Connecticut State University. Vanaria is also the President and Co-Owner of Connecticut Photographics, Inc., a professional photographic and digital lab located in Danbury.


A few photos from the collection of guest curator, Catherine Vanaria, on display during the Danbury Museum’s latest exhibit: Collections, Community & Conversation

“With the increase in digital archiving and presentation, physical objects, documents and artifacts are slowly being forgotten,” explained Vanaria. “By exploring the artifacts hidden in collections of both museum and personal archives, we re-ignite personal connections to our own history that these objects trigger and, at the same time, spark creativity through conversations about them.”  

 On display will be an eclectic mix of objects including sewing machines & related ephemera, turn of the century postcards, milk glass, examples of antique book bindings, slide rules, colonial apothecary items, postcards depicting Black Americana, vintage toys, dolls, vintage pins and more.

 “We are looking forward to offering our exhibit space to enthusiastic collectors who want to share their passion for the hobby,” said Brigid Guertin, Executive Director of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society. “This is a fun and exciting way to welcome the community to the museum and Cathy’s involvement with this exhibit is an outgrowth of her volunteer work here in assisting us with photographing items in the museum collections.”

In addition, the Danbury Museum will be hosting several round-table discussions and will sponsor an educational program,  ‘Preserving Treasured Photographs,’ presented by curator Catherine Vanaria on March 15, 2014. at 2:00 pm.  This events is free & open to the public.  A full schedule of events and additional information are on the museum website at:


Apothecary items on display during the Collections, Community & Conversation at the Danbury Museum