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

PTB Letters (#38) Tell Me Plainly What You Think

Once in a while I come across remarks in the letters in P. T. Barnum’s copybook that are quite disconcerting to read, sometimes heart-sinking. 

PTB Letters (#37) My Mind is Occupied with Thoughts of Home

As the Christmas holiday is now upon us, it feels most fitting to highlight P. T. Barnum’s letters home to his wife, sister, and daughter. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Barnum Museum vs The Greatest Showman!  Fiction vs Fact! The REAL Story Behind the REEL Story!

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday to you and your Family 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

So many wondrous things… If you are already a subscriber to the Barnum Museum YouTube Channel, we’re so grateful to you for being the among the first pioneers to build this new community! 

PTB Letters (#36) Trumpets, “Venus,” and a Young Man, Heading to America

This week we’ll follow up on the status of new attractions Barnum planned for his American Museum in New York, and learn about another of his “good turns” to help out a friend. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Curious People Wanted!!  If you continued reading…my guess is that you are indeed a ‘curious person’!  GREAT!  And, welcome!  Today, the Barnum Museum is launching a new YouTube program – you guessed it – Curious People Wanted! 

PTB Letters (#35) Barnum and Catlin

In this week’s blog we’ll explore the connection between P. T. Barnum and a lawyer-turned-artist, author, and showman, a man quite famous in his own right, George Catlin. 

PTB Letters (#34) Hard Feelings about “Soft Soap”

Over the last few weeks our blog stories have centered on P. T. Barnum’s “stateside” connections and activities, as he directed his American Museum from afar and corresponded with family members in Connecticut. 

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