Programs and Events
The Fairfield Museum offers a wide range of exhibitions programs for families, children, and adults! Our After School Art & More programs inspire children and adults to discover the world around them. Rising Tides: Fairfield’s Coast, Past to Future will inspire important community conversations through a series of programs for adults, families and children.
Honey Day at the 1750 Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT | Sunday, September 25, 1pm – 4pm
Members; Free: Non-Members; $5 Adults, $3 Children, free for children 5 and under.
Celebrate the colonial legacy of the honey bee and learn about beekeeping, enjoy sun tea and refreshments. Make family-friendly crafts and learn about the Colonial Kitchen Garden with volunteers from the Fairfield Garden Club. Inside the Ogden House, enjoy tours of this historic saltbox led by Museum Docents.
Covering the Press: Inside News at the Speed of Now | Fairfield League of Women Voters Free Public Event
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at the Fairfield Museum & History Center
Reception 2:30pm, Talk and Q&A 3-5pm
What is the “real” news? How is it determined? Are we well-served as consumers of news via social media? And how do you stay alive as a news entity? Moderator Cindy Simoneau, Chair, Journalism Department, Southern Connecticut State University, leads an exciting lineup of Connecticut’s top news leaders addressing the challenges of the news business. During this epic debate about our country’s future and the role of the press, the Fairfield League of Women Voters is proud to present this program.
Join us as the experts take you inside the news, including Tom Appleby, News Director and Co-anchor of News 12 Connecticut, Sue Haigh, Statehouse reporter, The Associated Press in Hartford, Connecticut, and Paul Janensch, Columnist on news media, emeritus professor Quinnipiac University, and a former top editor of national newspapers in Kentucky, New York, and Massachusetts.
Docent Orientation | Friday, September 30, 10am – 12pm | Free, RSVP.
Join education staff for more information about becoming a Museum Docent. Whether you’ve lived here for many years or you’re new to the area, discover the rewards of sharing the rich history of our town and region with students, families and adults.
We’ll cover our fall Docent needs, which include presenting Walking Tours about our community and history for elementary students. Museum Docents present educational programs including tours of the Historic Town Green, The 1750 Ogden House and the Fairfield Museum’s diverse exhibitions. Docent training is both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding and includes readings and discussions on various topics in American history and history education.
To Request an Application, for more info & to RSVP, please call Christine Jewell, Director of Education at 203-259-1598.
Family Focus: Family Ties | Monday, October 3, 10:30am & 2pm
Hear family stories at 10:30am and find out about Fairfield’s families in the Creating Community exhibition. At 2pm enjoy a tour of the Museum and hear their fascinating stories of some of Fairfield’s first families, and their adventures of coming to America. Sponsored by People’s United Bank.
Family Focus: Sail the Ocean Blue | Wednesday, October 12, 10:30am & 2pm. Free.
Hear the stories of ship captains and their voyages at 10:30am. At 2pm enjoy a tour of the Museum’s Creating Community exhibition and explore the mysteries of the deep ocean with the Jennings family and more. Sponsored by People’s United Bank.
The Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut | Book Talk & Signing with author Courtney McInvale
Wednesday, October 19, 7pm. Suggested donation: $5.
Bloody battlefields and raucous taverns in Connecticut served as the backdrop for pivotal figures and bold actions vital to the American Revolution. Nathan Hale is said to still conduct lessons in New London and East Haddam, and many suspect that George Washington occasionally visits the Shaw Mansion and Fairfield’s Sun Tavern. The presence of notorious traitor Benedict Arnold is often felt in the Leffingwell Inn and at the Burial Ground in New London, where he commanded troops numbering 1,600 as a newly turned Loyalist. Picnickers claim to see apparitions of wounded soldiers seated among them at Fort Griswold in Groton. Step foot into a time when the Sons of Liberty, Tories and Patriots changed the course of history as author Courtney McInvale uncovers the Revolutionary haunts of Connecticut.
Legends & Hauntings Walking Tours | Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29, 6pm – 8pm
Members: $10; Non-Members: $13. Register online at http://fmhc_hauntingtours.eventbrite.com to guarantee your spot!
Put your scary, creepy, silly, fun, and sparkly costumes on and get chilled to the bone listening to haunting legends, superstitions, and local folklore as night descends. Did body snatching happen in the cemetery? Are there ghosts in Sun Tavern? Did witches really live here? Find out tonight!
Halloween on the Green
Sunday, October 30, 10am – 4pm. Free.
Historic Town Green and Museum Commons, Fairfield, CT. Appropriate for children 12 and under.
Trick or treat in an enchanted Halloween on the Green! Formerly “Trick or Treat on Safety Street,” this new town-wide event will include a costume and pet parade, entertainment, crafts, games, and more! The Fairfield Museum Commons will be transformed into a Halloween village full of places to visit and things to see and do. Exciting displays will be set up in the Victorian Cottage, Sun Tavern and Old Academy Schoolhouse! Put on your costume and prepare for fantastical fun! Sponsored by Newman’s Own, Willows Pediatrics and Fairfield Magazine/TownVibe. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce will also present its Market on the Green that same day.
Family Focus: Election Day | Tuesday, November 8, 10:30am & 2pm. Free.
Step back in time when the people of Connecticut had to choose sides between King George and the Tories and George Washington and the Patriots. What side are you on? Sponsored by People’s United Bank.
Family Focus: Veteran’s Day | Friday, November 11, 10:30am & 2pm. Free.
View soldiers’ uniforms from our collections and discover how our community galvanized together in tough times throughout history. Sponsored by People’s United Bank.
American Battlefield Project on the Southport Swamp Fight of 1637
Sunday, October 16, 4pm. Free.
Join David Naumec and Ashley Bissonnette from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, as they share the latest research related to the Fairfield Museum & History Center’s National Park Service Battlefield Grant to study the last battle of the Pequot War (1636-1637). Known as the Battle of Munnacommock Swamp, or the “Pequot Swamp,” the engagement was fought in present-day Southport between July 13-14, 1637. The Pequot Museum research team will present a history of the final phase of the war, maps of the battlefield site, and talk about the ways in which the event was commemorated throughout the years. They will be able to provide additional information to Southport landholders living within the project area as well. This program is made possible through the support of the National Park Service. With additional thanks to the Southport Area Association and Pequot Runners.