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.
In Democracy We Trust?
Election Day Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture, 12pm – 1:30pm.
Students: Free; Members & Educators: $5; Non-Members: $8.
Iced Tea and Cookies will be served, please bring your own lunch. Part of an Election Day Educator Workshop. Free for teachers who work in Norwalk or Bridgeport with a school email address. Register online here >>
Presented by Gayle Alberda, PhD, Assistant Professor of Politics, Fairfield University and Jocelyn M. Boryczka, PhD, Fairfield University Professor of Politics.
Dr. Alberda will discuss election laws and “controlling the game.” How is the presidential outcome influenced by the legal process, especially for the minority, youth, and women’s vote? She will also discuss voter ID laws, how they function and influence who wins. Is the ballot out of reach for some citizens?
Dr. Boryczka’s talk will focus on the premise of her book, Suspect Citizens: Distrust in American Politics. She argues that framing American women as suspect citizens, neither fully virtuous nor vice-ridden, makes them particularly susceptible to backlash politics and indicates a bigger problem of distrust deeply embedded in our political script. We will discuss the high levels of distrust expressed by American voters in the 2016 presidential elections, focusing on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as exemplars of suspect citizens as candidates. We will consider their candidacies and this election in light of a long history of distrust in elected representatives that raises real challenges for a democratic society that relies on trust as a binding agent in our social contract between government and the people.
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.
Museum After Dark: the beautiful POND
Wednesday, November 16, 6pm – 8pm. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.
Artist and author Judith Orseck Katz, Leigh Shemitz, Ph.D. President of SoundWaters and Robin Tauck, co-owner of Tauck Tours, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, will discuss the importance of preserving the natural treasure that is the Old Mill Pond. Hear why it’s essential to preserve and protect Earth’s special places and how to do it, along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it’s helping to save Long Island Sound. Copies of “the beautiful POND” will be available for signing. The program is in conjunction with the exhibition Rising Tides.
This colorful 88-page story book of Old Mill Pond and Compo Cove by Westport author, artist and teacher Judy Katz, celebrates the pond, its history and environmental contribution to the town and region. Each page features a stunning water color of the pond and its environs, walking readers through the transformation of the pond from a working mill to a beloved and bucolic sanctuary for coastal life. Be swept away… and heed the call to preserve and protect Long Island Sound.
Pie Night at the Ogden House
Friday, November 18, 6 – 8pm.
Suggested Donation: $5; Seniors & Students: $3.
Celebrate a Fairfield tradition from the early 1800s. Before Thanksgiving, friends and families visited neighbors, sampling a variety of pies at each house. As the revelers moved on, they grew larger (in more ways than one) as the hosts and hostesses at each house joined the party. Eventually people were sitting in hallways, on stairs and throughout the house! Join us to enjoy this tradition with pie tasting and candlelight tours at the Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road.