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New book on Danbury hot off the presses

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority has announced the release of Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tricentennial, produced by Western Connecticut State University and written by Dr. Herbert Janick, Emeritus Professor at WCSU and William Devlin, a graduate of WCSU and author of We Crown Them All: An Illustrated History of Danbury. For more information about the Historical Society visit


This long-awaited volume covers Danbury’s history from 1889, when the state legislature made Danbury a full-fledged city, to the celebration of its 300th birthday year in 1984-85. The volume traces the decline of Danbury as a center of hat manufacturing that was followed, not by devastation, but by an economic and cultural transformation.

Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tricentennial will be available for purchase and signing by the authors during an event to be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Danbury Historical Society located on 43 Main Street in Danbury.  Hardcover editions of the book are $20 and a softcover edition is $15. This event is free & open to the public.

If you are unable to join attend the event on Thursday, the book will be sold at the museum gift shop, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the bookstore at WCSU. You can order your prepaid copy via phone by calling the museum at 203.743.5200. Shipping charges are additional.

All proceeds from the sale of the book, printed in both hardcover and softcover editions, will benefit The Friends of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority.