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

Plenty of Fun in “Bridgepork”

In honor of Father’s Day on June 21st, this week’s exploration of P. T. Barnum’s letters from France will focus on several that enlighten us about his role as a father of daughters, and as a father-figure to his protégé Charles Stratton, better known to the world as “Gen. Tom Thumb.”

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

A very special, thankful, and Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there!  

A Mountain of Worries

I suspect there is no time like our present situation to elicit sympathy for another person’s difficult times and worries about their family members’ health.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings Friends, This week I’d like to do a check-in with you.  How are ya? 

Barnum on “Humbugging & Puffing”

P.T. Barnum’s honesty is one of the attributes we most often hear our visitors question: “Wasn’t he scamming people, making money from hoaxes?” Well, not exactly.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings, Everyone! These past week three weeks have set the stage for a long-overdue sea change in American society and the fulfillment of a democracy with true justice for all

The Beginnings of Iranistan

P.T. Barnum’s European tour with his protégé Gen. Tom Thumb stretched across three years (1844-1846), a long time to be away from home in an age when travel was often arduous, and mail could take weeks or even months to reach the recipient.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends, Can you believe it’s almost June?!  JUNE!!  What a year it’s been for all of us. 

Manufactured Puffs and Dissolving Views

Again this week I’ve been exploring details in P. T. Barnum’s letters that tell us about his “distance management” of the American Museum while he was on a three-year tour in Europe with Gen. Tom Thumb in the mid-1840s. 

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