Public Programs

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Fairfield Museum Exhibit ToursPromise of Freedom Exhibition Tours
Every Friday at 2:30pm through February 22
AND: Saturday, February 16 at 2pm, Sunday, February 17 at 2pm and Monday, February 18 at 1:30pm
Free with admission
Explore highlights of the exhibit in a guided tour led by museum docents.
MouseMuse presents Stories on the Green: Crimes and Misdemeanors

Thursday, February  7       7-9:30pm
$15. Tickets available for purchase online  or by calling 203-247-3346 or at the door.
MouseMuse presents a spellbinding evening featuring true ten-minute tales told by local storytellers. Tonight’s theme is “Crimes and Misdemeanors;” stories of run-ins with the law, bureaucracy and the slow-turning wheels of justice.
TenMinutePlays_webBecoming American: Ten Minute Play Festival
Sunday, February 10     7pm
Members: $8; Non-members: $10. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or buy tickets online here >>
The Fairfield Museum and Falcon Repertory Theatre present original plays from talented regional playwrights on the topic of freedom and slavery. What does it mean to become an American? Discover the myriad of interpretations of America’s founding principles in these ten minute plays featuring local professional and pro-am actors. “Becoming American” utilizes theatre as an art form that encourages us to think differently and to understand new perspectives on what it means to be an American.

Presidents’ Day Weekend: February 15 – 18, 2013
Commemorate Presidents Day and Black History Month with a weekend of activities and events. FREE with admission.

LotTherrioThe Underground Railroad … and Beyond
Storytelling with Lot Therrio
Friday, February 15      2:30pm
Recommended for students in grades 3 and up.
Listen to stories of freedom with Master Storyteller Lot Therrio. Lot is noted for his tales from around the world, his gentle humor and the way he involves the audience in his stories.
Film Screening: Dog Jack
Saturday, February 16     2:30pm
Free with admission. Rated PG-13 for some violence.
Film_DogJack_web“Dog Jack” is a stunning and captivating family film about Jed, an escaped slave boy, and his faithful dog who join the Union Army. Determined to free his mother and sister, Ted joins the Pennsylvania 102nd Volunteers with his dog Jack and overcomes his tremendous fear of confronting his former captors.
Film: African Americans in Connecticut: Civil War to Civil Rights
Sunday, February 17     12:30pm
This film is appropriate for students in grades 4 and up.
This documentary by Connecticut filmmaker Karyl Evans chronicles the significant events and people in the history of African Americans in Connecticut from just after the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. The film,  narrated by Ruby Dee,
received 3 Emmy Awards for writing, producing and directing. Producer/Director/Writer/Editor Karyl Evans created this documentary for the Connecticut Humanities Council and Connecticut Public Television.
BenHawleyThe History of the 29th Connecticut Colored Regiment
Sunday, February 17     2:30pm
Join Ben Hawley for a discussion on the creation of the 29th Connecticut; Governor William Buckingham’s brave stand against those within the state who opposed a black regiment and Frederick Douglass’ support of it.  Learn how the 29th Connecticut was formed, the appointment of only white officers, and the men’s parade march from the New Haven green to the waterfront where they boarded the ship Warrior to travel south.  Hawley will briefly discuss the 29th’s battle experiences and some of the soldiers who stood out.
Drop-In Family Activities: Be Presidential!
Monday, February 18     10am – 2pm
Free with admission.
What does it take to become a great President? Enjoy fun activities inspired by Abraham Lincoln and Presidents’ Day.
TeaWithLincoln_webPerformance: Tea with Abraham and Mary
Monday, February 18     2:30pm
Recommended for grades 3 and up.
Come early to guarantee your seat!
Take an intimate glimpse into the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, as they sit together for a conversation over tea. The audience is invited to ask questions about Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in this behind-the-scenes look into their home life.
Portraying Abraham Lincoln is nationally renowned Lewis Dube, who studied at Yale’s Drama School and has brought the 16th President to life for thousands of fans. He has appeared at venues across the country including The LBJ, The George Bush, and Eisenhower presidential libraries and has also appeared on ABC, CBS, History Channel, Fox, and CPTV.
Carol Deloppo portrays Mary Lincoln. She has been a Civil War re-enactor for over 20 years and plays several different roles of women from the period. She performs at schools and group events as Mary, speaking first person about her life. She prides herself in engaging children in discussions on the subject of Mary Todd Lincoln.
America & The Civil War Book Club
David-Blight_AmericanOracleDavid Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era
Tuesday, February 19   Free
A step back to the Civil Rights era and how Americans then made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier.
Freedom_WebPromise of Freedom Closing Reception & Lecture:
“Men of Color, To Arms!”

Sunday, February 24      2:30pm
(re-schedule from last fall)
Suggested donation: $5.
The call to arms from impassioned abolitionist Frederick Douglass echoed the overwhelming sentiments of nearly 190,000 colored troops that joined the Union cause for the promise of freedom. David Koch, Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College and David J. Naumec, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, will discuss the colored troops before and after the Proclamation. Koch will discuss the 29th  and 30th Connecticut regiments, which saw service in the Civil War and ushered in an era of sweeping change in the state’s treatment of its African-American citizens. Naumec will discuss the ways in which men of color served in the Union and Confederate military between 1861 – 1863.