Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

So Much to Talk About These Days!

The Barnum Museum is fortunate to have extraordinarily talented artists, performers, writers, thinkers, designers and innovators as part of its century-old service to our community.  We are ever grateful for our wonderful family of enthusiasts who inspire us onward each and every single day.

As we continue to bring you our blogs and YouTube program ‘Who is Barnum to You’, we also want to keep you aware of many additional interesting programs and publications that features the Barnum Museum.

Illustrious author and Barnum Museum board member, Betsy Golden Kellem, ( ) recently partnered with the global online publication Atlas Obscura.  If you are not aware of Atlas Obscura, it is a definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places, strange facts and unique events…a perfect landing place for numerous Barnum stories!   Notably, Betsy’s recent article – A Tale of Survival, Wrapped in a 19th-Century Reindeer-Skin Sleeping Baghas been published about one of the Museum’s most curious artifacts:

The Barnum Museum’s collection began in 1877, long before the magnificent building was created by P.T. Barnum to house the Fairfield County Historical Society and Bridgeport Scientific Society. Remarkable relics, documents and curiosities were collected to share with the public and stimulate their interests in education and lifelong learning.  Over a century later, the Museum continues Barnum Instructive Entertainment mission, and we work tirelessly to find new ways to bring the Barnum Museum’s vast historical collections to a global audience.

A very special thank you to Betsy for digging into this amazing story and publishing with Atlas Obscura!  It is as fascinating and relevant today as it was over one-hundred years ago. Thank you, Betsy, and thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Barnum Museum!

Stay safe, stay strong, 

Kathy Maher
Executive Director,
Barnum Museum

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