Declaring Independence

July 1-16
Celebrate America’s independence by looking at the first fascimile print of the Declaration of Independence (1823) and other items that help explain the risky process of creating a new nation in 1776.  This display will include documents from the early years of the Revolution when independence was being debated, from George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, and Connecticut Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, as well as items showing how Fairfielders have celebrated independence over the years.
Special thanks to Seth Kaller, Inc. for loaning items from their collection for this display. 




Signs of the Times

August 10-November 26

Fairfield Sign BoardExplore how signs have been used around Fairfield over the years, for navigating, advertising, commemorating, and getting a message out to the community. Visitors can also learn how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names.




Uncle Sam Wants You: Fairfield in World War I

September 28-February 11

Uncle Sam Poster-1917How did government-sponsored messages about The Great War affect those who lived through it?  Posters, publicity campaigns, and censorship of critical viewpoints were an important aspect of the federal government’s efforts to inspire support and sacrifice on the home front. This exhibition explores these messages and how they influenced people in the Fairfield and Bridgeport area, where war time manufacturing made the city into a boom town.