Mobilizing the Home Front: Posters from World War II
January 16-May 10
In honor of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, this exhibition features World War II posters that were used to raise support for the war effort at home. Part of the federal government’s overall propaganda effort, the posters incorporated strong messages and striking visuals in order to enlist every American, soldier or civilian, to help win the war. Some of the country’s top artists and illustrators lent their talents to persuade Americans to increase their productivity in factories, buy war bonds, and enlarge their wartime responsibilities.
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The Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield, 1637-1639
October 15, 2014 – February 8, 2015
This exhibit presents the story of the Pequot War in 1637, which led to Fairfield becoming established as an English settlement in 1639. The Pequot War was New England’s first major conflict, involving thousands of combatants in dozens of battles in Rhode Island and Connecticut, with the final English victory won in a swamp here in Fairfield in 1637. Learn how conflict over trade and territory led to the war, how the war was fought, and what its outcome was for both sides. Explore how current archaeology undertaken by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum’s Battlefields of the Pequot War project is uncovering new facts about this epic conflict.
Unique items on display in the exhibition include the sword of John Mason, leader of the English forces during the war; an original copy of John Underhill’s Newes from America containing a first-hand account of the war; and a helmet and matchlock gun from the period. A diorama model of the Swamp Fight, commissioned for this exhibition, helps visitors visualize what it was like to be in the thick of the battle and a specially drawn map shows the location of the battle site today. Postcards and photographs illustrate how the war has been remembered in Fairfield, including a mural of the battle created in the 1930s that still hangs in Tomlinson Middle School.
Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past
This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and
built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. Sponsored by CT Humanities, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Perry Family and Southport Area Association.
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