MUSEUM: Historic walking & biking tours, Museum After Dark, 120 Years of Golf

Step back in time and experience Fairfield’s rich and fascinating past. Take a walking tour and hear about how the British attacked and burned Fairfield in 1779; cycle to our town’s famous historic sites; view our newest exhibit that takes you on a journey through Fairfield’s famous golf courses. There’s something for everyone this summer at The Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road.

Fairfield’s fairways have produced star golfers: among them, internationally renowned players Gene Sarazen (pictured above) and Julius Boros, and current PGA Tour player J.J. Henry and former LPGA champion Heather Daly-Donofrio, who will be in attendance at the June 11 event—Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

EXHIBITIONS

Fairfield’s Fairways: 120 Years of Golf

Loaded with local history, the exhibit offers a historical perspective on the game, highlighting Fairfield’s golf courses, their founders and designers, the tournaments they’ve hosted, and the great players to emerge from their fairways. On view through Oct. 11.

Fairfield resident Kate Eisemann’s piece catscan, an image of her cat Jasmine sitting on a scanner, is the Grand Prize winner of Fairfield Museum’s 2015 IMAGES Photography Show.

Fairfield resident Kate Eisemann’s piece catscan is the Grand Prize winner of Fairfield Museum’s 2015 IMAGES Photography Show.

7th annual IMAGES Juried Photography Exhibition

Celebrating the grand prize winners from an exceptional group of talented regional photographers. On view through July 19

Howard Schatz, Underwater Study #3200, 2008.

Howard Schatz, Underwater Study #3200, 2008.

Howard Schatz: 25 Years of Photographs

In a fascinating study of the human body, renowned photographer Howard Schatz captures the movement of dancers, athletes, portraits, and underwater imagery. Schatz’s photographs have appeared in galleries and exhibitions around the world and have been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times, among other notable publications. On view through Aug. 31.

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. 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 built a community over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. On view: Ongoing.

Programs & Events:

Ogden House Colonial Garden

Ogden House Colonial Garden

1750 Ogden House and Colonial Garden Tours, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield.

Open Sundays June-September 1-4 p.m.

$5 suggested donation; Free for Fairfield Museum members.

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that lasted 125 years. Museum Docents lead guided tours giving visitors fascinating information and tidbits on the history of the house, its intriguing two hearths, and the everyday tasks and chores that kept the Ogden family busy. The Ogden House contains fine furniture, spinning wheels, tableware, iron pieces, textiles, and other objects from the Fairfield Museum collections. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

burningoffairfieldBurning of Fairfield Walking Tours

Sunday, July 12, noon-3:30. Adults: $10; Students: $5. Advanced, online registration is required at https://burningoffairfield.eventbrite.com/

Stroll back in time while exploring the history and events surrounding the attack on Fairfield by the British in July 1779. Listen to the Proclamation from British General William Tryon and Admiral Collier, to the people of Connecticut. Hear the anguished words of Eunice Burr as she witnesses the ransacking and destruction of her home at the site where it happened.

Young William Wheeler’s voice speaks to you of his family’s struggle to evacuate the town and his feelings of pride at the heroic actions of the local militia at the Black Rock Fort as they work to fend off the Crown Forces. Think about the somber after action report of Reverend Andrew Elliott as he reflects on the events of those two days in July, and their meaning for the town and its future.

HowardSchatzMuseum After Dark: IMAGES artist reception and book signing with Howard Schatz

Thursday, July 16, from 6-8 p.m.

$5 suggested donation; Free for Museum members. Sponsored by Fairfield Living Magazine.

Join us for wine and cheese and the opportunity to meet world renowned photographer Howard Schatz, this year’s IMAGES featured photographer. View his solo exhibition and studies of dancers, athletes, portraiture, and underwater imagery and hear about his distinguished second career as a photographer, with more 20 books of photographs to his credit, including the newly published two-volume retrospective Schatz Images: 25 Years. His editorial photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, TIME, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and GQ Italia.

Town Green Walking Tours

July 18 Registration: https://julywalkingtour.eventbrite.com

Aug. 22 Registration: https://augustwalkingtour.eventbrite.com

2-3:30 p.m. Members: Free; Non-members: $5. Pre-register online to guarantee your spot.

Do you have a burning question about the history of Fairfield? Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Green and learn about the people, places, and events that shaped Fairfield’s 375 years of history. Walk on the site of the 1639 colonial settlement and find out more about Roger Ludlow, Fairfield’s Puritan roots, and the 17th century “witch ducking experiments.” Pass by the 1780 Burr Homestead where John Hancock married Dorothy Quincy. These stories and more await on this fascinating journey.

bicycletourFULLTown Historic Biking Tour

Sunday, July 19, 2-4 p.m.

$5 for Museum members; $8 for non-members, which includes admission to the Museum. Children age 14 or older capable of riding 10 miles are welcome, accompanied by a parent.

Rain dates will be announced as needed.

Co-sponsored by the Fairfield Museum and the Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, this unique cycling tour will cover approximately 10 miles, starting and ending at the Museum and the historic Town Green, site of the town’s founding in 1639. It will explore several historic Fairfield locations including the 1750 Ogden House and the Southport setting of the Pequot Indian Swamp Fight. Bicycle tour participants are required to wear helmets. The group is limited to the first 25 people who sign up in advance at www.bikewalkfairfield.wordpress.com.

FI-golfTee-it-Up Tuesdays

Tuesdays, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29, 11-noon, free.

Throughout the summer, Fairfield Museum will host Tee-it-Up Tuesdays promoting the game of golf and the Fairfield’s Fairways: 120 Years of Golf exhibit to children and young adults. Visitors will be encouraged to try for a hole in one on Fairfield Museum’s mini putting green, located in the Museum lobby. Each week we will offer scavenger hunts in the golf exhibition, different contests, and prizes!

Blue Star Museums

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. Admission to the Museum is free on Mondays and Tuesday throughout the year, courtesy of People’s United Bank. 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.

Fairfield-MuseumAbout the Fairfield Museum and History Center

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is a regional cultural arts and education center established in 2007 by the 103-year old Fairfield Historical Society. Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, the Museum is open seven days a week, 10-4. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children under 5 years of age are free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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