Upcoming Events

COMING SOON: Quintessential Quilts: Piecing Together Danbury History

EXHIBIT OPENS JUNE 28th and on display through Nov. 1st

April 24 - Wine with Friends

A special tasting sponsored by Stew Leonard’s Wine Shop. Bring your friends and lift a glass to the Museum during this special fundraiser. $25 admission. 6 to 8 pm

April 26 - Herstory Theater Returns with another one-woman show: Mary Rowlandson, Indian Captive.

This performance brings to life Mary Rowlandson, who was abducted by Narragansett Indians during the King Philip War. She spent three months as their servant and wrote the first captivity narrative. It became a best seller in 1682. 2pm FREE & Open to the public.

April 28 through June 10 - The Museum welcomes Danbury Public Schools students for field trips on select days April through June. All 3rd & 5th grade students & educators learn about Danbury history, colonial life and the American Revolution as presented by costumed interpreters and re-enactors .

May 10 - A Special Reception in the Marian Anderson Studio in partnership with The Palace Theater Danbury.  Join us as we celebrate Marian Anderson from 6 pm to 7:30pm.  $12 per person. See center section for more details.

May 17 - CT State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, returns to the DMHS for another special presentation: “Looking Back: 27 years as State Archaeologist.”

This talk starts at 2pm.  FREE & Open to the public.

June 21 - Gather in the Garden & Help the Danbury Museum Grow. Join us for our 3rd Annual Garden Party, hosted by The Friends of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority.

A new & favorite fundraising event!  More details to come.

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Please consider donating Danbury memorabilia and ephemeral items to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society collections! We are always interested in acquiring items related to Danbury history in order to better

share the fascinating story of our city!

Rest assured that the items that you bring to us will be held in trust for future generations!   Thank you for your support!

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Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tricentennial, written by Dr. Herbert Janick, Emeritus Professor at WCSU and William Devlin, a graduate of WCSU and author of We Crowned Them All: An Illustrated History of Danbury.

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Guided Tours Saturday Only

We are grateful to Mayor Mark Boughton and the City of Danbury for their commitment to

Phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the exterior of The Charles Ives Birthplace.  

We currently applying for Historic Resources Fund monies available through the State of Connecticut to match Danbury's monetary contribution and to begin the project in April 2014.

  Please help us with this most vital effort. Support A Rebirth of the Charles Ives Birthplace 

of Danbury native, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Father of Modern American Music.

You can make a donation, with restricted use solely for the Ives project, by using the Paypal link. Please indicate in the notes that you are donating to the Ives House.

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Join us at our next Friends of the Danbury Museum Meeting . . .

May 13, 2014 at 5:30pm

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"The fabric of existence weaves itself whole." - Charles Edward Ives

In the coming months, the DMHS will begin the process of making the

Charles Ives Birthplace whole again.

Photo Credit: Halley Erskine 1951

Amazon Smile has recently partnered with the Danbury Museum in our fund raising efforts. If you purchase items online from Amazon.com, please instead shop at smile.Amazon.com, SELECT Friends of the Danbury Museum as your charity, and a portion of your purchase price will be donated the The Friends of the Danbury Museum, at no extra cost to you!

Other Items of Interest . . .

A Special Reception in The Marian Anderson Studio....May 10th!

Wine With Friends . . . Thursday, April 24

We will be offering a selection of wines that are perfect for Spring and early Summer entertaining.  Start with a little French sparkling.  Move on and try some Chardonnays, Roses, Pinot Noirs and other lighter style reds and blends.  The BBQ crowd won’t be left out as we will have several nice Cabernets and Zinfandels.  Throw in a couple of local wines and a Moscato or two and it feels like a party!

You can buy your tickets at Stew Leonard’s Wines, Danbury (2 Nabby Road) at the Danbury Museum, or online with our “Donate” button below. (Please note Wine with Friends with your payment)

$25 per person includes sampling of 42 wines

and a special sneak peek at our next exhibit:

Quintessential Quilts: Piecing Together Danbury History

April 24 - Wine with Friends

A special tasting sponsored by Stew Leonard’s Wine Shop. Bring your friends and lift a glass to the Museum during this special fundraiser 6 to 8 pm.

Enjoy wine and hors doevures and our Marian Anderson exhibit that includes photographs, gowns she wore while performing and other memorabilia; all displayed in the rehearsal space designed and built for her by husband, Orpheus H. “King” Fisher.

Stroll the museum garden's (weather permitting) and immerse yourself in the music & spirit of Marian Anderson before heading further down Main Street to the Palace Theater Danbury!

Tickets for the reception are just $12 per person and available via Paypal ONLY! (Use the DONATE /PayPal link below and please note Anderson Reception when making your purchase.)

Space is limited so get your tickets today!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the museum's efforts to preserve Marian Anderson's history in the place she called home for over fifty years – Danbury!

Purchase tickets to Wanda Houston: Celebrating The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson, please visit The Palace Danbury website:  www.palacedanbury.com

Gather with us in the Marian Anderson Studio on

May 10, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a special reception prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance, The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson, starring Wanda Houston

at the Palace Theater Danbury.

PLEASE NOTE: The DMHS will be closed to the public this week April 14 to April 18th as we begin the installation of our summer/fall exhibit, Quintessential Quilts: Piecing Together Danbury History and ready the museum for our annual six-week period of Danbury Public School field trip programs. We'll be welcoming over 1,000 3rd and 5th graders for Danbury history education. Spring has sprung!