Uncle Sam Wants You! Fairfield and the Great War
Spaght Gallery; September 28, 2017 – January 21, 2018
How did government-sponsored messages about World War I affect those who lived through it? The federal government used posters, publicity campaigns, and censorship of critical viewpoints to inspire support and sacrifice – on the home and military fronts. This exhibition explores these messages and how they influenced people in the Fairfield and Bridgeport area, where war time manufacturing made the city a boom town.
Also on view at the Pequot Library: THE GREAT WAR AND THE UNITED STATES HOME FRONT
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Signs of the Times
August 10-November 12
How do I get there, and where do I go? Signs direct people to and fro, and call attention to specific places and locations. Beyond the words they carry, they use symbols, color and design to communicate their message.
Explore how signs have been used around Fairfield over the years. Visitors can learn how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, and try their hand at making their own signs.
Also on View
Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past | Ongoing
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.
Gustave Whitehead: First to Fly
Gustave Whitehead was the first to fly a powered airplane, although his flights in Fairfield and Stratford in 1901 and 1902 are not nearly as well-known throughout the world as the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. This mini-exhibition in the library foyer displays items from the museum’s William O’Dwyer/Gustave Whitehead Research Collection, which is available for research in the library. More information about Gustave Whitehead is available here.
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