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.
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