Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery; On view through February 19, 2018
Whether you love it or simple endure it, winter is a defining part of our New England experience. Winter Wonderland at the Fairfield Museum celebrates the history some of the different winter activities beloved by generations – such as sledding, skating, and skiing. It also explores how people deal with the more “unloved” aspects of winter, such as shoveling snow and coping with blizzards. Take a walk through the Museum’s wonderland exhibition of cold and snowy Fairfield celebrations, activities, and items as we celebrate this cherished New England season.
Uncle Sam Wants You! Fairfield and the Great War
Spaght Gallery; September 28, 2017 – January 21, 2018
How did government-sponsored messages about World War I affect those who lived through it? The federal government used posters, publicity campaigns, and censorship of critical viewpoints to inspire support and sacrifice – on the home and military fronts. This exhibition explores these messages and how they influenced people in the Fairfield and Bridgeport area, where war time manufacturing made the city a boom town.
Also on View
Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past | Ongoing
This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a 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 Whitehead: First to Fly
Gustave Whitehead was the first to fly a powered airplane, although his flights in Fairfield and Stratford in 1901 and 1902 are not nearly as well-known throughout the world as the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. This mini-exhibition in the library foyer displays items from the museum’s William O’Dwyer/Gustave Whitehead Research Collection, which is available for research in the library. More information about Gustave Whitehead is available here.
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