Mabel Osgood Wright is best-known as an early conservationist and author, but she was also a talented, self-taught photographer. Wright often turned her camera toward her hometown of Fairfield, documenting its countryside, homes, gardens, and people at the turn of the twentieth century, when effects of modernization and urbanization were beginning to infiltrate. At times nostalgic and sentimental, her photographs picture Fairfield as a traditional New England country town, emphasizing its natural beauty and historic character.
Growing Up in Fairfield: Memories and Milestones
July 3 – October 2, 2014
Explore how growing up in Fairfield has changed over the years with rare momentoes including yearbooks, letter jackets, and photographs.
Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past
This new, hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region for nearly 400 years. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and sit on a 19th century 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.
Coming this Fall
Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials
September 25, 2014 – January 5, 2015
In 17th century New England religious beliefs and folk tradition instilled deep fears of magic, evil, and supernatural powers. How else to explain unnatural events, misfortune and the sudden convulsions and fits of local townspeople? In this exhibition, the fascinating history of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials is illuminated by author and illustrator Jakob Crane. In graphic novel form, powerful depictions of the events and characters are reimagined through storylines and pen and ink drawings.