Join Executive Director Kathleen Maher and the Barnum Museum’s staff and friends for regular updates on all things Barnum.

PTB Letters (#24) Becoming a First Rate Showman

In recent blogs we’ve gotten to know a couple of the “personalities” in Barnum’s letters, Fordyce Hitchcock and Emile Guillaudeu. And by now “Monsieur Pinte” is also a name familiar to readers of this series.

PTB Letters (#23) Curiosities for the American Museum

Advertisements for Barnum’s American Museum always trumpet the many thousands of “curiosities” that visitors could see once they had paid to enter, like a new world laid before them. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings, everyone! Here in Connecticut we are feeling a hint of Fall in the air, closing out an unusually hot summer. 

PTB Letters (#22) My Success Has Been a Miracle

One of the many “beauties” of P. T. Barnum’s copybook letters from 1845-1846 is that they provide insights into Barnum’s attitudes toward money just at the point in his life when he had become incredibly rich.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

In recognition of today, a somber remembrance of September 11, 2001.

PTB Letters (#21) The Things Inside Case No. 8

In last week’s blog we got to know a little more about the American Museum’s naturalist and taxidermist, Monsieur Emile Guillaudeu, a man whom Barnum valued and trusted.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

“What is it that you do exactly?”  That’s a question my parents still ask me…

PTB Letters (#20) Searching for Monsieur Guillaudeu

Curiosity got the better of me after reading another of P. T. Barnum’s letters in which he mentioned the Frenchman who worked for him at the American Museum (and with a third spelling of his surname), plus a letter directly to him responding to concerns about his salary.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

So, another week and another series of calamitous storms…and breathe.  

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