Fairfield Museum hosts Election and Veterans Day family events

On two upcoming school vacation days, Election Day and Veterans Day observed, the Fairfield Museum & History Center will offer family activities free of charge courtesy of People’s United Bank. Family Focus Days are Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 10.

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Museum will present Future Voters, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are encouraged to bring in future voters to learn all about elections with a voting activity, a hands-on craft and a special story.

On Friday, Nov. 10, the Family Focus activity will be Dogs, Doughnuts and Doughboys. From 11-2 visitors can commemorate Veterans Day and learn about Stubby the World War I dog, who will get his own animated film in 2018. In conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, Uncle Sam Wants You: Fairfield and the Great War, families will learn about World War I and how “doughboys” got their name. Plus there will be a family-friendly craft, where participants can create their own medals, while munching on doughnuts. At 1 p.m., the CT State Police K9 Division will visit with state troopers and their K9 partners. Families can meet and watch demonstrations by these German Shephard hero dogs. At 2 p.m., the Museum will screen the film Dogs on the Inside. Fairfield resident Breann Cunningham produced this documentary film about a rehabilitation program for prisoner inmates who care for stray and abused dogs. Cunningham will introduce the film and discuss animal rescue and the transformative powers of rescue, rehabilitation and adoption. The film is recommended for students ages 12 and up and is co-presented with the Fairfield Canine Cooperative.

The Fairfield Museum also will be collecting items including Halloween candy for American soldiers currently overseas on behalf of the organization Operation Gratitude. Items currently on the wish list include:

  • Knit or crocheted scarves and hats
  • Hand sanitizer (1 to 3 ounce size)
  • Socks (preferably black, brown, green, tan, not white)
  • Drink mix packets (single serve, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, etc.)
  • Gum
  • Lip balm (with extra seal)
  • Mouthwash — Travel size
  • Tissue (individual packets)
  • Qtips (travel size packets)
  • Moist towelettes (individual packets)
  • Sunscreen — Travel size, non-aerosol
  • Travel-size toiletries (Shampoo, body wash, lotion)
  • Batteries — 4 pack of AA, AAA

Bring donations on Friday, Nov. 10.

Family Focus is a series of activities, typically presented on days that schools are closed, for families that bridges history, culture and the arts, with community. Fairfield Museum’s Director of Education, Christine Jewell, said “Family Focus programs are special opportunities for grandparents, parents, caregivers and children to experience history together. It’s a great way to learn while also engaging in fun and creative activities.”

Mike Jehle, Fairfield Museum’s Executive Director said the Museum is grateful that People’s United Bank’s support makes it possible to offer these multi-generational programs free of charge, “People’s United Bank has been a valuable partner of the organization for decades. Their support has been instrumental to our advancement as a regional education destination for families.”

Both Family Focus Events are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

Stubby the World War I dog

Stubby the World War I dog

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