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.

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

Images 2014
May 11 – June 22, 2014

The Fairfield Museum’s popular regional photography exhibition featuring iconic images of Fairfield.

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.

witchcraft trials in ctAccused: 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.

In Connecticut, several waves of witch persecutions followed a 1642 law: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Close-knit communities faced the challenge of establishing fair trials amongst struggles of power, authority and superstition. In Fairfield, one woman was hanged and two stood accused in 1692, only months following the hysteria in Salem. Follow these stories through the lens of the local townsfolk, the accusers and the accused, and the careful court proceedings that sought the truth amidst these difficult allegations.

About the Author/Artist:
Jakob Crane is a writer and visual artist who is native to New England. He has written and illustrated for numerous newspapers and publications throughout New England. As a boy, trotted across the stone-walled landscape into early American cemeteries and battlegrounds, Crane developed a love of the stories he found there; that interest is reflected in his first graphic novel, “Lies In The Dust: A Tale of Remorse From The Salem Witch Trials,” published by Islandport Press and to be released on September 25, 2014.

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.