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The mission of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority is to acquire, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the heritage and history of Danbury for the purpose of education, information, and research.
Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary Rider House c.1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio, the old King Street Schoolhouse, the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Charles Ives Birthplace. Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building contains the museum offices and a research library.
The Danbury Museum and Historical Society has evolved out of efforts to preserve endangered historic properties. One of the City's oldest structures, the Rider House on Main Street, would have been demolished in 1941 to make way for a gas station had it not been for the intervention of concerned citizens (including the Mary Wooster DAR Chapter). After raising money to purchase this property, these citizens founded the Danbury Historical and Arts Center.
A merger, in 1947, between the Scott-Fanton Museum and the Danbury Historical and Arts Center, saw the creation of the Danbury Scott-Fanton Museum & Historical Society Inc. During the 1950s and 60s, the museum acquired the John Dodd Hat Shop, the Ward House, the Charles Ives birthplace, two one room schoolhouses and erected Huntington Hall, where many of its exhibits have been displayed.
In 2004, the Museum was thrilled to add the Marian Anderson Studio to its collection. Famed contralto Marian Anderson made Danbury her home for more than 50 years. The studio was moved to the Main Street campus of the museum in 1999. Restoration of the studio was completed in early 2004. 2006 saw the merger of the Danbury Scott-Fanton Museum with the City of Danbury and a new entity was born on July 1, 2008...the Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority.
President - Geoff Herald
Vice President -Liz Hudson
Second VP - Robert Young
Secretary - Marian Hesemeyer
Treasurer - Robert Doyle
Trustees: Paul Valeri, Dr. John Clark, Doug Polistena, James Beschle, Roberto Alves, Reverend Brandon Whitfield.
Board members are nominated by the Mayor of the city of Danbury and confirmed by Danbury's City Council. If you would like more information please contact the Danbury Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm via Zoom (though at least April of 2022). The public is welcome. Zoom links can be found on the Board of Trustees page.
President - Ed Siergiej
Vice President - Treasurer Kathy Ehli
Secretary - Joretta Kilcourse
Roberta Struski, Brigid Guertin, Joan Saplio, Joanne Kaltenstein, Andrea Gartner, and Anne Harrigan
Authority Board Representative:
Meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in Huntington Hall at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society. The public is welcome to attend.
Fabric Friends Quilting Group First Monday of each month (unless it is a holiday) at 4pm. Next Fabric Friends meeting is Monday, December 6, 2021.
Friends of The Danbury Museum The Friends of the Danbury Museum meet on the second Thursday of every month at 4pm. The next meeting is December 9, 2021, and is open to members of the Friends of the Danbury Museum.
Danbury Mineralogical Society. The Danbury Mineralogical Society meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm. Their next meeting is Thursday, December 2, 2021.
Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority Board, The Board of Trustees meets monthly on the second Thursday at 5pm.
The Arion Singing Society meets every Wednesday at 7pm.
Please note that all meetings are held in Huntington Hall. Click here to learn more about these groups and other DMHS partner organizations.
Looking for a fulfilling volunteer position
for a few hours a week?
Do you like to work with old manuscripts or use a computer to compile a database of archival resources?
Maybe paint a wall or build a shelf?
Give us a call to see how you can help the Danbury Museum.
Need volunteer hours for school or church?
Students over the age of 14 are encouraged to volunteer Saturdays at the museum.
You may be working in the gift shop, organizing archival materials, typing in a database, or working outside in our gardens.
The Danbury Museum seeks to fill several internship positions
available throughout the year.
Interns will work directly with the Executive Director or Curator on multiple ongoing projects in collections management, processing of archival collections, tour development, education, and preservation.