Fairfield Museum receives grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

The Fairfield Museum has received a highly competitive grant for $20,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support its operating costs.

The non-profit Fairfield Museum offers community educational programming, historical and artistic exhibitions, a research library and cultural events. It was founded in 1903 and provides families in Fairfield County with the opportunity to celebrate a shared heritage and encourages them to become active participants in their community. Grants and donations to the Museum’s operating budget help support the Museum’s educational programming for the community.

Last year, Fairfield Museum welcomed nearly 30,000 visitors, including more than 6,000 students who visited during the school year from towns throughout Fairfield County, including Stamford, Weston, New Canaan, Trumbull, Norwalk, Monroe, Newtown, Westport, and Bridgeport. Many of these young visitors were participating as part of curriculum developed specifically to engage with themes represented in Museum exhibits. In addition, approximately 650 student and adult researchers from across the United States used the Museum’s extensive special collections library.

“This grant will enable us to fulfill our mission of bringing history, culture and arts to the people of Fairfield and the surrounding communities,” said Executive Director, Mike Jehle. “Our programs, exhibitions and events help connect them to the community in which they live. Support from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is vital to the success of our mission.”

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The Museum’s semi-permanent exhibition, Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, is a family-centered exhibit which invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and the region for more than 300 years. Visitors can look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort to decipher a spy code, and learn how factories fueled the area’s growth in the early 1900’s. Creating Community is focused on elementary and middle school students, as well as family and adult visitors, with dynamic activities that engage all in exploring the past. Additional exhibits on display at the Fairfield Museum include Picturing the News: The Distinctive Vision of Harry Neigher and Frank Gerratana and Handcrafted: Artisans Past & Present, which opens on October 25th.

The Fairfield Museum also leads walking tours of the historic Town Green and Old Burying Ground, professional development opportunities for educators and community events, such as Honey Day at the historic Ogden House and “Museum After Dark” events and lectures.

The Fairfield Museum believes that history is a powerful platform for examining and understanding the civic values and responsibilities of a democratic society. As a public forum for the process of shared discovery, the Museum celebrates and cultivates the elements that create and bind community: complex stories from multiple points of view that explore the diverse legacies of the region.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council of Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

The Fairfield Museum’s mission is simple and powerful: “To connect people around the complex history of Fairfield and neighboring communities so that together we may shape a more informed future.” For more information, visit www.fairfieldhistory.org.

About the Fairfield Museum and History Center

Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

Fairfield Museum and History Center

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