the Future! exhibit, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom
Thumb and others, is open for viewing and exploration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
on Thursdays and Fridays, and on "Summer Saturdays" from May 30th through
September 5th. This exhibit is located in the People's United Bank Gallery
adjacent to the historic building.
note that our historic Museum building is closed due to storm damage
from the F1 tornado that struck Bridgeport on June 24th, 2010.
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of many company teams in Bridgeport at the turn of the 20th century, the Sewing
Machine Cabinet Co. baseball team is shown in this photograph dated August 1900.
June 7 at 2 p.m. Barnum in the Batter's Box: The Showman's Role in Bringing
Baseball to Bridgeport- Presented by Michael J. Bielawa
name P. T. Barnum brings to mind the circus, yet Barnum had many careers and wide-ranging
interests, including as Mayor of Bridgeport. His efforts to bring new industries,
such as clock and sewing machine manufacture, to develop the fledgling city brought
about a surprising result: baseball teams. Some say Barnum loathed baseball, but
perhaps that isn't quite correct. Enjoy the little known stories of early baseball
teams in the Park City as baseball historian, author, and poet Michael Bielawa
reveals a newly discovered facet of the showman's legacy to his adopted home town.
Michael J. Bielawa has authored histories focusing
on New England and Louisiana baseball, including Baseball in Baton Rouge, From
FarField to Newfield: The Baseball Dream of Orator Jim O'Rourke and Bridgeport
Baseball. His numerous essays have addressed such diverse subjects as baseball
symbolism in James Joyce's Ulysses and the mysterious disappearance of a Hartford
minor league manager. Bielawa's work on early Queens's, New York baseball and
the first All-Star Game (which took place in 1858) appeared in Major League
Baseball's Official 2013 All-Star Game Program. Bielawa is a roving baseball
consultant for museums, minor league clubs, state humanities councils and libraries.
He has discussed baseball history on local radio and TV. Each year on March 17,
Michael dons a vintage 1904 Bridgeport Orators uniform and joins elected officials
at the head of Bridgeport's St. Patrick's Day Parade in memory of Bridgeport-born
Hall of Famer, James O'Rourke.
$5. Members and children under 12 are free.
Show Must Go On: Re-envisioning Barnum | Kathleen Maher | TEDxWestportLibrary
- April18, 2015
Kathleen Maher presents how
Barnum recovered from many fires and other disasters in his personal and public
life. She demonstrates how Barnum's phoenix-like abilities are being used
to breathe new life into the current Barnum Museum severely damaged by a tornado
Jenny Lind Concert featuring the Swedish Royal Academy of Music competition
winners will take place at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport the evening
on Tuesday, June 30th. Stay tuned for details!
in Chicago, IL. Details on the SAM Jenny Lind Concert coming soon!
great article on Connecticut Historical Society's new exhibit telling Connecticut
history through 50 objects - of course P.T. Barnum is included! Click
through the photographs to see a lithograph in the collection of The Barnum
5th is the 205th anniversary of P.T. Barnum's birth!
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
Friends of The Barnum Museum,
What an extraordinary
time it has been! We have completed vision planning for the Museum's future exhibits
with designers BRC Imagination Arts; restoration of the landmark building has
begun; we have welcomed thousands of guests from all over the world to our many
programs, tours and outreach events; we are launching a new exciting children's
program; and we are thrilled to reinvigorate our membership family after a brief
hiatus during disaster recovery.
I hope you will
consider a tax-deductible gift to The Barnum Museum! Your gift will truly help
us continue our work and bring inspiring new programs to all museum goers. The
passion and enthusiastic encouragement of friends like you has inspired us to
achieve wonderful things and bring a new and vibrant 21st century to life.
new Mission Statement is "To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence
through instructive entertainment."
truly look forward to upholding these meaningful words and continue our service
of giving joy and happiness to all.
of the Museum and make a gift toward our continued efforts. You can also give
a gift of membership to a loved one. Every contribution helps us move closer toward
a vibrant restoration and reinvigorated Barnum Museum experience!
BRC Imagination Arts concept design for the future.
Maher, Executive Director, The Barnum Museum
Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy" P.T. Barnum, 1886
make checks payable to The Barnum Museum, or contribute online below. All
contributions are tax deductible.
invite you to join us as a Vision Member and be a part of The Barnum Museum's
1889, P.T. Barnum wrote, "The Noblest Art Is That Of Making Others Happy."
Although written 125 years ago, these words still underscore The Barnum Museum's
vision and mission. As one of the longest ongoing museums in the nation, the museum
remains true to P.T. Barnum's original mission; 'Instructive Entertainment.' For
over a century, families from around the world have visited The Barnum Museum
and experienced wonder, curiosity, surprise and enrichment. With exhibits ranging
from a 4,000 year-old mummy to the recently acquired 'Centaur of Tymfi,' the Museum
continues to amaze and enthrall guests of all ages.
Today, the Museum is
emerging from damage sustained from a series of natural disasters and forging
exciting plans for the future. We are thrilled to be working with BRC Imagination
Arts (the award winning, world renowned exhibit designers) to create new and vibrant
exhibits that offer learning through exploration, imagination, and innovation,
stimulating the power of creativity and sparking intellectual curiosity!
invite you to join us as a Vision Member and be a
part of The Barnum Museum's history! As a Vision Member, you will have the opportunity
to be enthralled by the wonderful and compelling stories of Barnum's glorious
past, stories that will capture your imagination and create memories to last a
lifetime. Vision Member benefits include:
admission to Museum programs.
copy of P.T. Barnum's famous book, The Art of Money Getting.
Only" previews of new exhibitions & events.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours with the Curator.
"Evening with the Director" soiree.
to the Annual Meeting & Reception.
hope you will consider joining as a Vision Member,
and become part of The Barnum Museum legacy. Please know how important Museum
members are to our on-going objective to offer enriching programs! Simply click
here and conveniently join today! As you consider your membership, please
also consider giving an extra gift in support of the Museum's continuing programs,
or give a gift membership to a friend or family member. As always, your contribution
On behalf of The Barnum Museum, I sincerely thank you
for your kindness and support, and we look forward to serving you with enriching
With much Gratitude, Kathleen Maher Executive Director
now to help the Barnum Museum Recovery!
historic structure of The Barnum Museum has been closed to the public since a
tornado struck the City of Bridgeport on June 24, 2010 without warning and caused
major damage to the building. The Museum's modern wing, People's United Bank Gallery,
is open on a limited schedule: Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and
for programs and lectures at other times.
can help sustain this legacy of P. T. Barnum by donating to the Museum's restoration
Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, the unique 1893 landmark is the only remaining structure
in the country that is directly related to the great showman and icon of American
entertainment history. Thank you for your generosity!