Fairfield Rotary awards $75,000 to Fairfield Museum

The Fairfield Rotary Foundation recently awarded a $75,000 grant to the Fairfield Museum for the renovation of the 1888 Victorian Cottage that sits on the historic Town Green behind the Fairfield Museum. A check was presented to Executive Director Michael Jehle during a ceremony at Brooklawn Country Club on Monday, Sept. 26.

“Fairfield Museum is tremendously grateful for this historic contribution from the Fairfield Rotary Foundation that will allow us to complete new children’s exhibits in the historic Victorian Cottage,” said Fairfield Museum executive director Michael Jehle.  “Given to commemorate the Town of Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary, and the Fairfield Rotary Club’s 75th Anniversary, these grant funds will benefit the educational and cultural life of our community for generations to come.”

The $75,000 grant is for the renovation of the interior of the Victorian Cottage and construction of an education center for children and families. The unique space will become a destination for young visitors to view and experience hands-on activities and displays teaching good citizenship and offering historical perspectives on the Town of Fairfield.

Expected to open in the summer of 2017, exhibits in the Victorian Cottage will encourage children to explore their community resources and what it means to be a good citizen. Through building blocks on interactive maps, fishing among our waters for natural resources, and playfully encouraging economic understanding through “History Tourism,” the Victorian Cottage uses fun interactives to encourage children to make connections between the diverse stories of people who have helped create our community and their own lives.

The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598. Hours are 10am-4pm daily. Admission is Free of Members and children ages 5 and under; $5 for adults; $3 for seniors/students. Program support comes from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, CT Humanities and our generous community donors and corporate sponsors.

George Markley of the Fairfield Rotary Club, Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum, Sharon Lauer, president of the Fairfield Museum board and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau

George Markley of the Fairfield Rotary Club, Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum, Sharon Lauer, president of the Fairfield Museum board and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau

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