The Fairfield Museum offers a range of engaging events and programs for adult learners and history enthusiasts! From our monthly History Bites lectures to the summer concert series Jazz Fridays, the museum offers programming designed for all interests. During the winter, you can escape the cold with an exhibit-related workshop, and in the summer, enjoy music or a poetry reading on the beautiful Museum Commons.
The course will take place on April 28, May 5, May 26, and June 2 from 6:00-7:15 pm.
In this 4-session course at the Fairfield Museum, scholars and community leaders will share their perspectives related to diverse aspects of the town’s history. The course will cover pre-contact Indigenous History, and will consider citizen advocacy from the colonial times to the present. It will look at how important events in our history have shaped present democracy, and will consider some of the challenges and opportunities we are facing in the future.
The cost is $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions. Registration is required. Please click here to register.
Dr. Matt Warshauer’s “Copperheads in the Neighborhood: Fairfield County’s Opposition to the Civil War”
May 26 @ 6:00-7:15
Part III: For our third session of the four-part FMHC Spring Lecture Series, Dr. Matthew Warshauer will speak about Fairfield and the Civil War. Warshauer is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University and served from 2009-2015 as the co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Connecticut’s experiences during the war and his work on Copperheads, the northern Democratic peace movement, has changed the way national scholars think about Civil War dissent in the North.
From 2003-2011 he was editor of the journal, Connecticut History and created the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission in 2009. Warshauer’s books include Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011) and Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essay’s on One State’s Struggles (2014). Please click here to register!
June 2 @ 6:00-7:15
Part IV: For our fourth and final event of the series, the Museum presents “Fairfield to Come.” How is Fairfield emerging Post-Covid? Where are we as a town? Where are we going? In this panel, leaders from Fairfield’s government, business, environmental, and cultural communities will discuss how Fairfield is emerging from the challenges of the past two years and will share some exciting opportunities that lay ahead. We’ll share strategies for how to get involved and make a difference in your town.
This panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Jehle, Executive Director of the Fairfield Museum. Participants include Brenda Kupchik Fairfield’s First Selectwoman, Beverly Balaz, President of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, David Brant, Executive Director, Aspetuck Land Trust, and Scott Jarzombek, Town Librarian. Please click here to register!
June 9 @ 6:00-7:30
We’re hosting a free event on June 9th from 6-7:30pm to celebrate all of the beautiful work that was submitted as part of this year’s IMAGES Photography Show. Didn’t submit photos for IMAGES? No problem! This event is open to the public as a chance to celebrate the work of your friends, family or fellow community members. We guarantee that you’ll be moved and inspired by all of the creativity.
Free of charge, refreshments will be provided.
July 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Connecticut Symphonic Winds will be joining the Fairfield Museum on July 10th at 5pm for our annual commemoration of the Burning of Fairfield. On the morning of July 7th, 1779, some 2,000 British soldiers made landfall on Fairfield Beach. Over the course of the next two days, the town of Fairfield, which had supported independence, was raided and almost completely destroyed. Every year the Fairfield Museum commemorates this day and celebrates the resilience of the amazing people of our town.
The CT Symphonic Winds will be playing a rousing performance of American classics, including a celebration of John Williams, the noted composer of songs from films like Star Wars and ET, as well as favorite American show tunes.
Free of charge, no registration necessary.
This event is generously sponsored by CT Arts Endowment.
July 13 @ 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
The Fairfield Museum is excited to host the Fairfield Dance Festival on July 13th from 5:00-7:00pm. This is part of a series of free outdoor presentations that enables accessibility to the arts in Fairfield County. The festival presents master classes, demonstrations, and workshops. It will feature Thomas/Ortiz Dance and East Coast Contemporary Ballet along with Cellist Melissa Westgate and other local artists, dance companies, and musicians.
Free of charge, no registration necessary.