Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary

The Fairfield Museum is presenting an ambitious series of exhibitions and programs to commemorate Fairfield’s 375th anniversary in 2014! Check our Program Calendar for exciting programs including an Adult Lecture Series, Scavenger Hunts, Museum After Dark, Historic Walking Tours, Family Focus programs and more >>

Exhibitions in 2014

CreatingCommunity_Bubbles150dpiCreating 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.

 

Fairfield Back and Forth: Imagery by artist Miggs Burroughs
December 20, 2013 – February 18, 2014

Visitors will be mesmerized by the instantaneous transition from 19th century photos to present-day images of Fairfield in Westport artist’s Miggs Burroughs new lenticular photography show.

Fairfield Museum Music ExhibitFairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten
January 16  – April 28, 2014

Musician and music historian Chris Frantz, drummer for the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, will guest curate an exhibition on the top ten musicians that have put Fairfield on the musical map.  The exhibit will open with the Museum After Dark series and a roundtable discussion with some of Fairfield’s most talented performers, hosted by Chris Frantz. Explore the history of this region’s rich musical heritage through lectures, performances, and a film series presented with local community partners Fairfield Theatre Company and School of Rock. Sponsored by First Niagara Bank, Hearst Media Services, WPKN and Deej and Deborah Webb.

Gustave WhiteheadFairfield’s First to Fly: Gustave Whitehead
and the Race to the Skies

Coming Soon in the Museum Library

This exhibition in the Museum Library Gallery, will draw on photo albums and newspaper articles from the William O’Dwyer Research Collection to explore the new and compelling evidence behind the claim that Gustave Whitehead’s first flight in Fairfield predated the Wright Brothers’ achievement by over two years.

Pepperidge FarmWonder Women of Fairfield
February 27 – April 28, 2014

Fairfield would not be the community it is today without the vision and determination of its most famous women.  Explore how 20th century women – including philanthropist Annie B. Jennings, naturalist Mabel Osgood Wright, military pioneer Ruth Mills Bradley, businesswoman Margaret Rudkin, and politician Finette Benson Nichols- forged new avenues of achievement not open to earlier generations. Sponsored by Bankwell in Fairfield, Pascale Communications and Pepperidge Farm.

Images 2014
May 11 – June 22, 2014

The Fairfield Museum’s popular regional photography exhibition featuring iconic images of Fairfield. Sponsored by VENU magazine, First Niagara, WSHU and Southport Galleries.

Growing Up in Fairfield exhibitGrowing Up in Fairfield: Memories and Milestones
July 3 – October 5, 2014

Explore how the experience of growing up in Fairfield has changed from the 1600s to today, looking at work, play, and school. The exhibition will feature rare mementoes from Fairfield high school days, such as yearbooks and letter jackets, as well as a community wall of prom pictures from over the decades.

Fairfield's 375th Anniversary

Picturing Fairfield: The Photographs of Mabel Osgood Wright

July 3 – September 16, 2014

Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934), daughter of Unitarian minister, scholar and writer Samuel Osgood, was born and brought up in New York City, but spent her summers at the family estate in Fairfield, CT. The summer home, called Mosswood (and also known as Waldstein), was built on 8 acres of land. Mabel married book collector and dealer James Wright and the couple moved to Fairfield. Here she pursued her interests in photography, nature conservation and writing.

Mabel became a noted author of bird and nature studies; helped found the Connecticut Audubon Society; was instrumental in building the Birdcraft Sanctuary on Unquowa Road for the protection of song birds; and actively participated in the Fairfield Garden Club. This exhibit will showcase her photographs of historical and pastoral Fairfield which were published in her own books and those of others.

Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials
September 25, 2014 – January 5, 2015

 

Pequot War ExhibitThe Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield, 1637-1639
October 16 – January 5, 2015

The Pequot War of 1637 was New England’s first war, and led directly to the founding of Fairfield as an English settlement. A collaboration with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, this exhibit will present the story of the war, including its final battle in Southport, and explore the current archaeology being done to uncover new facts about this important turning point in the development of New England.