Museum gears up for Memorial Day picnic and more in May

May will be a busy month at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, with the opening of the IMAGES 2015 photography exhibitions, a book talk on The Remarkable Wedding of Tom Thumb & Lavinia Warren and a free Memorial Day Picnic with food, fun, live music, games and more.

Admission to the Museum is free throughout the year on Mondays and Tuesday, courtesy of People’s United Bank. And on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, moms are admitted free. Be sure to stop by the Fairfield Museum Shop while you’re here to see our new spring merchandise. For more information on all Museum exhibitions, programs and events, visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

EXHIBITIONS:

Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past

In celebration of Fairfield’s founding in 1639, The Fairfield Museum and History Center presents its most ambitious exhibition to date: Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past. This interactive, hands-on exhibit invites visitors of all ages to look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher spy code, and learn how factories fueled the area’s growth. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and build a community over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities.

On view: ongoing, daily from 10-4, Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road

Members free, non-members $5; students and seniors $3, Children under 5 free.  Admission to the Museum is FREE Mondays and Tuesdays, courtesy of People’s United Bank.

James Coviello’s Queen Anne wedding gown, representing current day fashion in a new Fairfield Museum exhibition, Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses.

James Coviello’s Queen Anne wedding gown, representing current day fashion in a new Fairfield Museum exhibition, Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses.

Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses

This exhibition highlights the changing styles of wedding gowns over several centuries, from 18th-century silk and military-inspired Civil War dresses to the ubiquitous white dress of today. By looking at wedding fashion, the exhibition will examine how the idea of “the big day” has developed over time.

On view: Feb. 19-May 31, 10-4, daily at Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road.

7th Annual IMAGES Juried Photography Exhibition

The Fairfield Museum and History Center announces the 7th annual IMAGES 2015 photography competition, which celebrates the exceptional work of talented regional photographers.

On view May 14-July 19, daily 10-4, Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road.

Howard Schatz, Underwater Study #3200, 2008.

Howard Schatz, Underwater Study #3200, 2008.

Howard Schatz: 25 Years of Photographs

Celebrating the work of renowned photographer Howard Schatz, who lives in Sherman. Schatz’s work focuses on the human body, with images of dancers, athletes, portraits, and underwater imagery.  His photographs have been hung in galleries and exhibitions around the world and featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times, among other notable publications.

IMAGES 2015 Gala, is Thursday May 14, 7-10 p.m.

Spend anevening at the Fairfield Museum opening of the IMAGES 2015 Juried Photography Show and solo exhibition of world-renowned photographer Howard Schatz. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programming. This “not-to-be missed” event   include creative hors d’oeuvres, wine, craft beer a martini bar, music and a photo booth where guests can create their own images. Tickets are $75; $150; $250; $500 (includes champagne preview tour 6-7, with Howard Schatz) on sale now at www.images2015.eventbrite.com.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS:

Adult Lecture: John Cilio, Author of Women’s Work in WWII, Thursday, May 7, 6-8 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. $5 suggested donation; free for Fairfield Museum and LWV members.

There will be a wine and cheese reception at 6, followed by the lecture at 6:45. Co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters and CT Humanities.

WeCanDoItPosterMuseum“Rosie the Riveter” was a true American icon, answering the call to work during the war years. There were millions of “Rosies” and millions of stories are being brought to life over half a century later. In his latest book, Women’s Work in WWII, aviation historian John Cilio tells 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 the men they replaced.   

This program is part of Connecticut at Work, a year-long conversation about the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities.

Mother’s Day: Moms are admitted free at the Fairfield Museum on Sunday, May 10, from 10-4. Members and Moms free, non-members $5; students and seniors $3, Children under 5 free.

Annual Membership Meeting & Book Talk: The Remarkable Wedding of Tom Thumb & Lavinia Warren is Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-7, election of new board members & officers; 7-8 p.m., Book Talk. Free for Fairfield Museum members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Celebrate the blockbuster wedding of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren in conjunction with the exhibition Fashion and Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses. Nicholas Rinaldi, a Distinguished Fairfield University Professor Emeritus, will discuss his book The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb a fictional yet fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life during the Civil War and a moving tale of one misfit’s odyssey to find his place in the world.

A short presentation of the Fairfield Museum’s Annual Meeting will precede the lecture. The presentation will be followed by a reception with cake and champagne.

MusuemPatrioticKid8th annual Memorial Day Community Picnic will be held on Monday, May 25, from noon-3. The community is invited to bring family and friends, blankets and picnic baskets to the Fairfield Museum after the Memorial Day Town Parade. The Museum will be open free of charge and will have three exhibitions on view. Swing along to The Survivors Swing Band playing popular American standards from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Step and sway to the music with Dance with Susan leading the way. Enjoy an afternoon of food, music, games for children and adults, crafts, and fun for everyone.

The Fairfield Museum is a proud member of Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information, visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

Kids partake in potato sack races at a previous Memorial Day picnic.

Kids partake in potato sack races at a previous Memorial Day picnic.

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