Animals Love Spring and The Barnum Museum will be honoring
Beginning in March and continuing throughout
May, The Barnum Museum will be hosting an array of animal focused family-friendly
programs with the theme for the Spring series being: Animals in American Life:
Pets, Performers, and Zoos. All the programs relating to animals are funded
by a Spring grant from the State of Connecticut Humanities department.
the Winter Season, please check this website for announcements regarding snow
dates and weather-related closures.
March 4 at 12:15 p.m.
Victorian Pets: Arts and Artifacts in The Barnum
Museum Collection, Sneak Peek presented by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Curator
for The Barnum Museum
An informative Sneak
Peek program designed to teach you about pet stories of the past. Includes objects
found in the Museum's own collection. Learn about Victorian-era pet artwork, the
1880's trend of pet stuffing, pet post cards, P.T. Barnum's dazzling dog shows
No registration required. $3 Suggested
Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. Patrons are encouraged to
bring their lunch.
March 22 at 2 p.m. (lecture begins at 2:15*)
Pets in America:
A Surprising History by Dr. Katherine C. "Kasey" Grier, University
Today 62% of U.S. households have
at lest one pet. Listen as Dr. Kasey Grier informs you of the evolution of domesticated
pets as they became loved companions and members of households across America.
Keeping animals as companions and for pleasure has been part of everyday life
in America for hundreds of years. Katherine C. Grier, author of Pets in America:
A History, and the blog, The Pet Historian, will tell the story of
our lives with animals at home, including pets' evolving roles as both beloved
companions and pastimes. She will also discuss previous challenges pet owners
may have faced such as population control, infectious disease and the rise of
organizations against animal cruelty.
the lecture will be a short presentation by the Founder and Director of A Hand
for A Paw, Inc. (AHFAP), Jimmy Gonzalez. This organization assists low-income
pet owners with fees associated with owning an animal such as pet food and veterinarian
services. People attending the program are asked, if they so chose, to bring a
donation of pet food to help supply AHFAP's pet food pantry.
registration required. $5 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids
April 8 at 12:15 p.m.
Elephants in the Room: Stories of Elephant
Artifacts and Images in The Barnum Museum's Collection a Sneak Peek presented
by Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Barnum Museum Curator
Sneak Peek program focuses on the large variety of elephant artifacts in The Barnum
Museum collection in celebration of the past event of Jumbo, the famous African
Elephant, arriving in America after being purchased from London Zoo by P.T. Barnum
on April 9,1882. Some artifacts include the largest taxidermy baby elephant, "Baby
Bridgeport," the second elephant to ever be born in America was in Bridgeport,
CT many years ago. A piece of famous white elephant tusk in the museum collection
and a number of photographs featuring Victorian era elephants in photographs,
post cards and advertising will be on display at the event. "Baby Bridgeport"
was recently x-rayed by medical imaging faculty from Quinnipiac University. In
the 1880s a color lithograph and handkerchief were created to celebrate the elephant's
birth, Barnum's pride and joy.
required. $3 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids under 12. Patrons
are encouraged to bring their lunch.
April 19 at 2 p.m.
Jumbo: Marvel, Myth, and Legend by Dr. Andrew
McClellan of Tufts University
This program explores
the magnificent life of the late Jumbo The Elephant, a larger-than-life celebrity
in the animal world. His legacy lives on today- "jumbo" is now an English
adjective used to describe anything humungous. His image is also featured in many
advertisements throughout the past, and a giant Sequoia tree in California now
bears the same name. View little-known images featuring Jumbo and learn about
his extraordinary life. Led by Andrew McClellan, professor of Art History at Tufts
University and author of Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot (2014).
registration required. $5 Suggested Donation. Free for museum members and kids
Yale School of Art (YSA) launches its 2015 season at the
32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery with Side Show, an exhibition
devoted to the believe it or not world of the American sideshow, in
which display of the abnormal and bizarre was the focus of the event.
view January 13March 20, 2015, the exhibition is free and open to the
public TuesdaysSundays from noon to 6 p.m.
presents more than 70 works by 29 artists including Diane Arbus, Otto Dix,
John Waters, and Riva Lehrer ranging from the mid-18th century to the present.
The show includes original sideshow banners, props, promotional cards,
photographs, historical ephemera, and works of art inspired by circus and carnival
culture from the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), Yale Medical School Library,
the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the International Center of Photography,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections.
| Press Release
| Curator's Statement
| Exhibition Related Program
Friends of The Barnum Museum,
What an extraordinary
time it has been! We have completed vision planning for the Museum's future exhibits
with designers BRC Imagination Arts; restoration of the landmark building has
begun; we have welcomed thousands of guests from all over the world to our many
programs, tours and outreach events; we are launching a new exciting children's
program; and we are thrilled to reinvigorate our membership family after a brief
hiatus during disaster recovery.
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passion and enthusiastic encouragement of friends like you has inspired us to
achieve wonderful things and bring a new and vibrant 21st century to life.
new Mission Statement is "To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence
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1889, P.T. Barnum wrote, "The Noblest Art Is That Of Making Others Happy."
Although written 125 years ago, these words still underscore The Barnum Museum's
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Today, the Museum is
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