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News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.


City Firefighters, Police Honored in Danbury Museum Exhibit

By Devin Cleary

  History is all about stories, and at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society in Connecticut [an advertiser on The Mercurial], the stories of the city’s local heroes are being displayed until November 5. Visit the Museum’s ‘Hometown Heroes’ exhibit to meet the police officers… Read more »

Photo courtesy of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.
Photo courtesy of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.
Stone wall workshop participants restore a thrown wall at Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Learn Stone Wall Building and Restoration at Weir Farm

Cassie Werne

  Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, will host a two day, hands-on stone wall workshop on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from 9am to 3pm. The workshop will be led by Master Craftsman Neil… Read more »

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Danbury Veterans Walkway Dedication This Sunday

Mary Teicholz

  A dedication ceremony for the Veterans Walkway of Honor at the Danbury War Memorial will be held on Sunday, July 14 at noon.  In case of inclement weather, the dedication will take place inside the Danbury War Memorial.   The Veterans Walkway of Honor is… Read more »

A barn in Granby, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of connecticutbarns.org.

Connecticut Opens First Barns Trail in the U.S.

Amanda Bloom

  Connecticut is now home to America’s first historic barns trail.   The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (CTHP) has documented over 10,000 barns across the state to create seven regional trails: the Northwest Hills; Fairfield County and the Western Shore; New Haven and the… Read more »

Students paint in the Sunken Garden at Weir Farm. Photo by Alex von Kleydorff.

Celebrate Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day at Weir Farm

Cassie Werne

  Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy painting colorful gardens? Celebrate Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day at Weir Farm National Historic Site where gardens and art go hand-in-hand.   Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only national park dedicated to an American painter,… Read more »

A still from Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby.'

In Defense of Luhrmann’s ‘Gatsby’

Allie McConnell

  So many people have their vintage panties in a twist about the apparent lack of historical accuracy in Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited interpretation of The Great Gatsby, the novel every high school student in the United States has read.   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has been made into… Read more »

Gustave Whitehead, above with his daughter Rose, is believed by some aviation historians to have preceeded the Wright brothers by as much as three years with a manned flight. Photograph from Corbis.

Connecticut First in Flight?

Hugh McQuaid

  Connecticut’s House of Representatives is seeking to unseat North Carolina as the state with a claim to “First in Flight.”   The House amended a bill Thursday with language to change Connecticut’s statutes to recognize Gustave Whitehead each year on “Powered Flight Day,” rather… Read more »

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‘Danbury Ragtime Suite’ Debuts at the Museum May 25

The Danbury Museum

  The Danbury Museum & Historical Society is thrilled to host the debut performance of Barry Pirro’s ‘Danbury Ragtime Suite’ in the Marian Anderson Studio, at 2pm on Saturday, May 25.  The Museum is located at 43 Main Street in Danbury, Connecticut.   Pirro is… Read more »

The Doors at Danbury High School in 1967.  Photo courtesy of YouTube user Rutazzurra.

#80: The Doors Played at Danbury High School

Amanda Bloom

    The Doors performed at Danbury High School before their big break on Wednesday, October 11, 1967. From YouTube user Rutazurra:   “This show is primarily attended by nearby college students from Western Connecticut State College and locals of Danbury. Prior to the show,… Read more »

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Rachel Robinson Loves ‘42’—and with Good Reason

Patrick Scully

  Rachel Robinson, the widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson, appeared Sunday on ‘Meet the Press’ as the new movie about her husband, 42, was wrapping up its opening weekend (“Jackie Robinson Day” is Monday all across baseball). She told host David Gregory she was… Read more »

Then Vice-President Harry Truman playing piano for Lauren Bacall.

The Silver Screen in the Oval Office

Sherri Hill

  United States presidents have danced with Hollywood’s image-makers since the 1920s, a phenomenon Dr. Burton W. Peretti, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University, explores in a new book, The Leading Man.   Peretti shows that George Washington set the stage for presidents… Read more »

The carousel at the historic Danbury Fair.  Image courtesy of groups.msn.com/carouselsofnewenglandpostcardsfromthepast.

The Danbury Horse.

The Danbury News Man

  The Danbury horse has a reputation above all other animals of the field.  The chief claim of the Danbury horse to public favor and notice is the facility with which he will run away.  He is always ready to run awau .  He will… Read more »

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Mouths Agape at Cheshire’s Cartoon Museum

Christopher Baldwin

  additional reporting by Carrie Johnson   On a Saturday afternoon, Carrie, Jim Clegg of Pink Missile fame, and myself decided to take a little day trip up to Cheshire, Connecticut to visit the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum. We didn’t really know what… Read more »

The Danbury News Man

A Recipe for Poulterers.

The Danbury News Man

  “The Country Gentleman suggests a way to prevent hens from eating their eggs.  It is to fill an egg with a solution of pepper, and put the egg back in the nest.  A Danbury man has tried this and says it works like a… Read more »

The Danbury Museum's Huntington Hall.  Photo: Mike Duffy/The News Times

Become a Friend of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society

The Danbury Museum

  At the November, 2012 meeting of The Friends of the the Danbury Museum & Historical Society, those in attendance elected board members, outlined goals for the organization and determined a meeting schedule for 2013.   Newly-elected officers include; President, Joretta Kilcourse; Vice President, Ed… Read more »

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The Complete Recordings of Charles Ives at the Piano, 1933-1943

UbuWeb

  “The invention of sound-recording devices late in the nineteenth century made possible the preservation of definitive performances played or led by some important composers of the first decades of the twentieth century. Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, and Stravinsky, among others, left a significant legacy… Read more »

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‘The Unanswered Question’ to Highlight Charles Ives Day

Nancy F. Sudik

  The Danbury Music Centre presents Danbury, Connecticut’s annual celebration honoring the birth of composer Charles Edward Ives, born on Main Street in Danbury on October 20, 1874.   The daylong series of events takes place on Sunday, October 21 beginning with a hike up… Read more »

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Living History at the Sycamore Drive-in

Jennifer Leavitt-Wipf

photos by Louis David   Newcomers do a double take when they pass by. Old timers get nostalgic. And just about everyone, young or old, is compelled to pull into the Sycamore parking lot sooner or later, if only to travel ever so briefly back in time…. Read more »

"Mirror Mirror" by Alison Saar.

Old Domestic Tools Reworked to Reflect on Women’s History

Anson Smith

  The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut is pleased to announce ‘Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit’, an exhibition that explores household tools as metaphor for the social and cultural histories of women embedded in them. ‘Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit’ will be on view in the… Read more »