July 19 at 2 PM
Celebrate the Life of Art Young at
The Barnum Museum - P.T. Barnum's "Brother from Another Mother"
- presented by Marc Moorash on behalf of the Bethel Historical Society
The Barnum Museum will host Art Young... P.T.
Barnum's Brother From Another Mother on Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. This event is
in celebration of the humor and poignancy of the late Bethel, Connecticut illustrator,
Art Young. The program will be presented by Marc Moorash on behalf of the Bethel
Art Young was the best known
illustrator in the country from 1900 to 1940. He did his work from his home on
four acres of farmland in Bethel where he built a public art gallery. His art
ranged from Americana folkishness to political cartoons. Recently, his manuscript,
Types of the Old Home Town, was restored and published by the Bethel Historical
The program will explore Young's images
and stories from Types of the Old Home Town, and will feature a discussion of
Art Young's admiration and connection to P.T. Barnum. Join us to celebrate the
40 years that the "Dean of American Cartoonists" and "Bethel's
Ambassador to New York" resided in Connecticut. There will also be a dozen
original Young illustrations on display at the event
Young's illustrations were published in nearly every magazine of his day, including,
Life, The Masses, The Saturday Evening Post, Metropolitan, Cosmopolitan, The New
Yorker, Puck and Judge.
Copies of the manuscript,
Types of the Old Home Town, will be available for purchase at the event for $40
each. ... more
spring turns to summer, Mayor Bill Finch and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services
District (DSSD) prepares for the sixth installment of the Downtown Thursdays Free
Concert Series. Downtown Thursdays will officially kick-off on June 18th at historic
McLevy Green. As it enters its sixth year, the City, DSSD and their partners,
are excited to announce a new format for the concert series.
years event, each live concert will feature two musical performances
an opening and headline act to extend the party from 5:30 to 9:00 pm every
week. This seasons shows will run from June 18th to July 23rd. ... more
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Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy"
P.T. Barnum, 1886
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