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History & Happenings

The Email Newsletter of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority 

"Where the Past is Always Present"

43 Main Street, Danbury, CT


Lots of Learning Goes On at the Danbury Museum!
We're revving up for our annual 
Danbury Public School Programs
 for third & fifth graders.
For 37 days, between April and June, museum staff are spending time in local classrooms teaching students about Danbury's rich history.
We then welcome them here at our Main St. campus for additional on-site hands-on, living history learning.
We're thrilled to be able to offer our services to help teachers meet the core curriculum challenges for Danbury's 3rd & 5th grade social studies students!
Our special thanks to Savings Bank of Danbury
2013 School Programs Sponsor. They provide the funding to help make all of this possible! 


Honor, Celebrate and Remember the Women in YOUR life!


Genealogy & Local History Research Services available by appointment!

Call 203.743.5200 

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who participated in & attended the
Valentine's Day Cake Creation Celebration. 
Thanks to our  sponsors:
Union Savings Bank
Promotions in Motion
The Soda Pop 
Congrats to the winners:
 Best Taste:
Michelle Geier & Tara Carvalho
Best Decoration:

Erika Lawrence

We're alread looking forward to 2014 and hope that you are as well!

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This week's History & Happenings

 is packed full of news!


Follow us and MARCH into history this month

at the Danbury Museum!


We're excited to share the latest word about our educational and history-related programs & lectures, fundraising events and more! 


Thanks for your continued support of the DMHS.  Your participation at our events, your membership in 


and your donations to our growing archives are always appreciated.


   Not a member of FRIENDS yet? Become one today! We've made it even easier with Paypal now available on our website.


The FRIENDS  will be meeting again on March 21st at 5:30pm.  More details can be found in this newsletter!   We hope to see you soon!


Please use the 'Forward Email' link at the bottom of this newsletter to share our events with your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.
Mark your Calendars....
History Ladies Luncheon
Friday, March 22nd 
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a lovely lunch buffet and guest speaker Colleen Plimpton, 
as she presents a very special program: 
Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered.

Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was America's first female landscape
architect and a founding member of the American Society of 
Landscape Architects. Though overlooked for decades, her work 
is being rediscovered. Many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in 
Hyde Park, NY; Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT and Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, ME, have been restored. This talk is a dramatic,  
45-minute, first person account of the life, times and work 
of this distinguished "landscape gardener". 
$25 admission includes lunch buffet and presentation.
 Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. Program ends at 1:00 p.m.
Reservations are recommended as space is limited.
Call 203.743.5200 or email to reserve your place(s).
Almira Ambler & Sarah Rockwell
presented by Jeanne Christie
Saturday, March 23nd 
2:00 p.m.
Almira Ambler   
 WCSU professor and Bethel resident Jeanne Christie shares her fascinating research about the lives and times of local residents Almira Ambler, Union nurse and Sarah Rockwell, Confederate nurse.

This program is FREE and open to the public. 
Donations gratefully accepted.   



Book Chat & Signing 

with author 

John Cilio

Saturday, March 30th at 2:00 pm

We're pleased to welcome Sherman resident and author John Cilio who will share stories from his latest book:



Women's Work in WWII is a book of little stories about personal 

struggles that melded into a revolution. It tells the chronological 

story about the zigzag social and political developments that enabled 

U.S. women to gain equal employment with the parallel story of WWII. 

It documents the history of millions of women working in thousands of 

roles with minimal training and no experience but fully confident that 

they were equal to filling the roles of men they replaced. 


This program is FREE & Open to the Public.

Donations gratefully accepted.




Spring Cleaning?  Emptying out the garage, basement, closets, attics?  

Please keep the Danbury Museum in mind!

Spring Tag Sale Fundraiser

to be held 

April 5th & 6th 9am to 4pm 

We are seeking donations of  gently used items for this sale. 

All proceeds to benefit the DMHS.


 Drop Off Days are April 2nd, 3rd & 4th between 9am and 3pm.

(please, no books or clothing)

Thank you for your support!




 Your support enables us to maintain our education, preservation and exhibition efforts here at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society

 'Where The Past is Always Present'

Paypal/Donate Option Now Available on our website!