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To say that 2020 has presented us all with unprecedented challenges, is an understatement. We, as a staff, though, like to find opportunity within those challenges--so we set to work figuring out ways to keep in touch...while still apart. Outdoor exhibits, for example. Our fences proved to be *perfect* for outdoor exhibition spaces and we learned a new skillset, installing via zip tie and grommet.
Being closed to the public also allowed us to catch up on some routine (and much needed) painting in and on our historic buildings. The John & Mary Rider House was fully refreshed on the interior; the Little Red Schoolhouse was painted inside and out; and the Marian Anderson Studio got a beautiful new coat of Hale Navy on the exterior, with a buttery yellow interior.
The world of Zoom pretty quickly became ubiquitous for us all in 2020. Thanks to the wonders of this technology, though, we were able to attend the AAM (American Alliance of Museums) annual conference, the New England Museum Association (NEMA) annual conference and participate in daily and weekly webinars.
We're grateful for your continued and much needed support; enjoy the slideshow below showcasing some of our "Year of Covid" successes. We've learned, grown, improved, and so much of it is thanks to your stalwart dedication to us and our mission.
In coordination with the City of Danbury and Mayor Mark Boughton, the Danbury Museum is pleased to promote the official merch of the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant in Danbury, CT, designed by Christopher Mihaly.
25% of the profits from the sales of all John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant items will be donated to the Danbury Food Collaborative.
DM Thanksgiving (pdf)Download
October Buzzwords Puzzle (png)Download
September 2020 Recipes & Cocktail Inspirations (pdf)Download
September Buzzwords Puzzle (jpg)Download
Danbury Museum Buzzwords (pdf)Download
Danbury Street Name Word Search (pdf)Download
Danbury Fair Crossword (pdf)Download
Bailey's History Cryptogram (pdf)Download
Hatting Terms Word Search (pdf)Download
Parks, Ponds & Waterways Word Search (pdf)Download
Rev War Word Search (pdf)Download
Sybil Ludington Cryptogram (pdf)Download
A Tale of Two Cities Cryptogram (pdf)Download
Danbury Schools Word Search (pdf)Download
Memorials & Monuments Jumble (pdf)Download
Bailey's History of Danbury (pdf)Download
Three Hundred Years of Change & Growth (Tricentennial Book 1) (pdf)Download
The Untold Story: Danbury's Unsung Role in the Revolution (Tricentennial Book 2) (pdf)Download
Names and Places: How Danbury Got Some Unusual Ones (Tricentennial Book 3) (pdf)Download
How Danbury Got To Be What It Is: Geography and Geology (Tricentennial Book 4) (pdf)Download
Two Centuries of Hat Making: Danbury's Famous Trade (Tricentennial Book 5) (pdf)Download
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, your hometown museum, archive, and history center, is working hard to provide activities and resources for distance learning that, combined with the wonderful social studies curriculum of our regional school districts, supports a fun, context building look at our community past and how it connects us all.
On this page, we’ve included our beloved Danbury school “newspapers” (created for third graders but appropriate for students through high school!) cursive camp materials and several, family based, suggestions on activities and outside sources to supplement your students social studies curriculum. The materials found here are for you all to enjoy, download and explore, with all the enthusiasm that we know our local students always bring to their museum field trips and museum presentations! We'll add new digital content weekly through the spring for at home use.
If you have any questions, please reach out by emailing email@example.com
Frontier/Colonial Danbury (pdf)Download
Revolutionary War Period in Danbury Student Newsletter (pdf)Download
Manufacturing Period in Danbury Student Newsletter (pdf)Download
Industrial Period in Danbury Student Newsletter (pdf)Download
Danbury in the 20th century (pdf)Download
The Great Danbury State Fair (pdf)Download
Directions for making ink and parchment paper (pdf)Download
2020 Covid-19 time capsule sheets (pdf)Download
March 20, 2020 (pdf)Download
March 27, 2020 (pdf)Download
April 3, 2020 (pdf)Download
April 10, 2020 (pdf)Download
April 17, 2020 (pdf)Download
April 24, 2020 (pdf)Download
May 1, 2020 (pdf)Download
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May 15, 2020 (pdf)Download
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June 26, 2020 (pdf)Download
July 31, 2020 (pdf)Download
August 28, 2020 (pdf)Download
September 25, 2020 (pdf)Download
October 30, 2020 (pdf)Download
One of the key aspects of museum work is teaching and inspiring the next generation of museum colleagues. Mentoring students through internships is rewarding for all of us and offers a level of engagement for professional development that I know we can continue this summer despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
Interns will work directly with the Executive Director, Curator, or Research Specialist on multiple ongoing projects in collections management, processing of archival collections, and preservation. Please download the pdf below for a more extensive explanation of the internship opportunities available.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and your resume or personal impact statement to: Brigid Guertin, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Danbury Museum, we’ve been collecting and archiving items that document our city’s past for more than 75 years. Our collection includes several buildings worth of archival materials as well artifacts that tell the tale(s) of our collective past, that inspire and inform the present and that we will be preserving for future scholars, researchers, students and Danburians.
We are currently living through a momentous, somber moment in our collective history. We need your help to document what is going on in your homes, at your jobs, and in communities across Connecticut. We want to hear your story. We want to know how you and your family are experiencing the current pandemic and “new normal.”
Below are examples of what we’re looking for:
Writings - letters, notes, emails, postcards, poems
Signage - images of window signs, directions, posted community information
Photos - of you, your family, your neighborhood, your street, YOUR Danbury!
Drawings, paintings, and other forms of art you’re creating and documenting
Short videos (limited to 500MB file size) for larger files please email to Patrick Wells, Research Specialist at email@example.com.
Please stay safe when documenting these historic times. Do not put yourself in danger when capturing photographs or videos.
Why is this Important?
The Danbury Museum collects material that documents the full range of our lives in Danbury, CT because...you INSPIRE us, you INSPIRE the future. Documenting our community response to COVID-19 is a way to preserve the daily struggles of our stay at home community, our work from home community, our students, our critical care and healthcare workers, our first responders and our essential workers. From every perspective, what you are doing right now matters, to us right now, and to future Danburians.
So, when you email Collections Manager, Michele Lee Amundsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail us your submissions to 43 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810, please include any or all of the following information: What else should we know about this object? Please explain who is in the photo, why you created this piece...basically all the information YOU would want to see to give context to a museum exhibition item or an archival file.
Please know that:
By providing my material to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority (DMHSA) I hereby give the DMHSA a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sub-licensable license to copy, digitize, reproduce, edit, translate, create derivative works, distribute, and publicly display and perform certain materials described below. I agree that the DMHSA may add the material to the collection according to the DMHSA Collection Management Policy and to make it available to researchers in a manner consistent with the practices of the DMHSA. I agree that the DMHSA may utilize any medium or media now existing or that will exist in the future to achieve the above-described purposes.
Thank YOU for entrusting the Danbury Museum with your memories, your stories, your art, your images. We take this responsibility seriously and will maintain your gift for future generations so they too may understand what it was like to be here, in Danbury, during the COVID-19 pandemic.