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#GivingTuesday, the global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity, is Tuesday, November 29. This past year, the Danbury Museum has been the beneficiary of generous funding that has allowed us to offer guided tours of all our historic buildings at no charge, providing a level of equitable access to the Danbury story, a narrative that includes the lives of Charles Ives, Marian Anderson, and generations of men and women who worked in the hatting industry.
How can we build on this foundation of accessibility? With your help this Giving Tuesday! We want to extend the same equity of access that we’ve been able to offer with our tours to our nationally recognized Cursive Camp by making it FREE to as many Danbury students as possible this summer. Why cursive? Because it’s absolutely essential for reading original documents. Small museums like ours have a wealth of information in diaries and letters and ledgers that have not been transcribed, and the only way to access it is to be able to read cursive, and without knowing how to write in cursive, reading it is that much harder.
Whether it’s your grandmother’s recipes or an old love letter, being able to read and access handwritten documents is something we cannot take for granted. Cursive provides important intergenerational learning and connection. With our treasure trove of original documents and a curriculum that we know works, we are uniquely positioned to make a real impact with Danbury students and help them create an actual signature—their personal signature that will sign all the important documents of their life.
As the stewards of Danbury’s history, we hold in trust artifacts, stories, and ephemera for the coming generations; we collect so that the historians and museum staff that come after us can carry forward the ever growing and changing narrative of our community. Part of this stewardship is also encouraging and engaging with young Danburians—building the next generation of historians and scholars.
$4000 provides 50 Danbury students with a week of Cursive Camp—a half-day experience at the Danbury Museum. That’s $80 per camper for an impactful gift that will literally last a lifetime.
#GivingTuesday is a perfect opportunity to increase equity of access across greater-Danbury to the museum’s popular Cursive Camp.
The Danbury Museum will be closed
December 23-24, 28-31, and open on Wednesday, January 4, with normal hours.
The Staff, Trustees, and Friends of the Danbury Museum wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.
It's that time of year again--weather related delays will start to impact our schedules. Please check our social media platforms or call the museum at 203-743-5200 if you have any questions as to whether we are open.
Inspired by the CT Summer Museums initiative and as a gift to the visitors and residents of the Danbury community, the Danbury Cultural Commission is financially supporting FREE tours at the Danbury Museum from September 9 through December 17.
Together, we celebrate the city, the community, and the museum's 80th anniversary.
These free tours will allow us to improve equitable access to the Museum and our programming across greater Danbury.
Booking for a larger group? For groups of more than 10, please call ahead and book at 203-743-5200.