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Please consider donating Danbury memorabilia and ephemeral items to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society collections!

Danbury Museum & Historical Society

43 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Phone: (203) 743-5200

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Revised July 31, 2015

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Danbury Museum now has NewsBank online for on-site researchers. Explore 28 different publications for news articles from 1991 to the present.

The Fabric Friends Quilting Group 
meets the first Monday of the month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the museum to craft lap size comfort quilts for Danbury Hospital patients.
NEXT MEETING - Monday, August 3, 2015

Let’s Take it From the Top!

Thanks to the CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development, the  CT State Historic Preservation Office Historic Resources Fund, advocates and friends of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society, the City of Danbury and Mayor Mark D. Boughton for their support!

Danbury Museum & Historical Society Executive Director and City Historian,  Brigid Guertin, delivers a Danbury-made fedora to  The Connecticut Historical Society.

We're thrilled that Danbury, and an item from our collection, will be included in their upcoming exhibit

Connecticut: 50 Objects 50 Stories

May 19 to October 24, 2015

Our newest FREE exhibit, Focus on the Fifties, showcases Danbury people, places, events  and objects that defined our city for a decade. Take a nostalgic journey through the not-so-distant past.

Open Tues. - Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 31, 2015

Guided Walking Tours 
of the Downtown Historic District 
Looking for a unique, fascinating and 
active program for your club, 
civic organization, office or class reunion
 group? Danbury Museum Executive 
Director and City Historian Brigid 
Guertin, leads each group and discusses historic buildings
and town happenings. Must be booked two weeks in advance.
Based on availability and by appointment only.
$200 per group and limited to 10 people.
All proceeds benefit The Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

Click on the Donate button to become a member!

Looking for historic images of Danbury for your home or office?

They also make a great gift idea!

Browse The Hat City Collection

at Memory Lane to order.

A portion of each sale benefits

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society


Become a member of The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society at the $50 level or greater, during the run of our Focus on the Fifties exhibit, and receive a FREE six pack of our limited edition sodas!

Cruisin’ Cream  Rockin’ Root Beer

Go Ape Grape  Big Daddy Birch

Souped Up Sarsaparilla

Out of This World Orange

We’ll even throw in two straws for you and your sweetheart!

Friends of the Fifties Membership Drive

Join us today and support your home for local history!

The Diversity Quilt has been completed!

Each block represents a Danbury family. All came to Danbury for different reasons, yet all became part of the fabric of our community.

It will be on display until November and then become part of our permanent quilt collection.

Thanks to all who contributed to this museum fundraiser.


A Senior Series at the DMHS

in conjunction with City of Danbury Dept. of Elderly Services .

A great opportunity to share and learn about local history!

Meeting the third Monday of the month

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Next Meeting

August 17th

Advance registration is recommended; though walk-ins are welcome.

Coffee and tea will be served.

These gatherings are FREE.

Rebecca Dimyan teaches writing at Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Quinnipiac University and is a co-organizer of The Ridgefield Writers Conference. Dimyan is currently finishing her debut novel, Garden of Broken Glass. Inspired by the life of her Lebanese-American grandfather, the story is set against the backdrop of early 1950s Danbury and Beirut, Lebanon.

Writer-in-Residence Day

with Rebecca Dimyan


from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration Required. Space is limited to 10 writers.

Soak up the 50s atmosphere, be inspired by our exhibit and spend the day writing

at the museum.

The Revolutionary War 1775-1783

A FREE educational video seminar series created through Open Yale Courses and in partnership with The Danbury Library .

Saturday, August 29

Resistance or Rebellion

(Or, What the Heck is Happening in Boston?)

The Danbury Museum

2 to 3 p.m.

Click here for a full program description, seminar topics, times and locations. Also find more information about how you can join us for a culminating SPECIAL EVENT in the historic John and Mary Rider House!


Wednesday, August 5:  Join Jill Hancock, Danbury resident, longtime dancer, instructor, and owner of A Common Ground Danbury, for a day of 50s fun with Hula Hoops and Dance Moves.

Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m

We have some hoops available, but if you have one of your own, bring it along!

Wednesday, August 12:  Dominoes Day at the Museum

Join us anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a day of dominoes!

Learn about this popular 50s past time and play for a while!

Wednesday, August 19: Silly Putty Silliness

Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and learn how to make

your own batch of Silly Putty!


Join The Danbury Garden Club Civic Committee who tend the historic gardens of our Main St. campus on:

Monday, August 3

Monday, August 10

Monday, August 17

from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

This is a great opportunity for high school students to fulfill community service hours under the direction of very knowledgeable, local garden club members.

Parents: feel free to come along with your young ones and spend some time volunteering! (This is not a drop off event)

Bring along your enthusiasm, your gardening gloves and a bottle of water!

Fifties History Free Film

Saturday, August 8, 2015

at 2:00 p.m.

Unforgettable: The Korean War

In this homage to Korea's forgotten fighters, veterans recall some of the searing wartime memories that were etched into their hearts and minds.

The Fabric Friends Quilting Group

will meet on

Monday, August 3, 2015

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.