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The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call

The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call

World War I Exhibit

Now Open to the Public

 "All we hear & know now is war and my head and ears ache from the roar of the guns. – Ernest Patchen, Danbury soldier in letter to his mother dated October 7, 1918.

The current exhibit at The Danbury Museum & Historical Society, curated by Collections Manager, Michele Lee Amundsen and sponsored by 1 Kennedy Flats and Leahy’s Fuels, focuses on the contributions of Danbury citizens at home and abroad during World War I. 

The number of men and women from Danbury who served during World War I totaled 1,300. Thirty-six Danburians lost their lives during the war. The exhibit recognizes all branches of the services and topics covered include; Sacrifices on the Homefront, The Mallory War Garden, the role of Danbury Hat Factories, and the Old 8th Company.

Historic imagery of parades, war bond rallies, soldiers and other period images of Danbury fill the exhibit cases. In addition to letters, artifacts such as uniforms, helmets, and ephemera items including posters, and memorabilia from the archives of the Old 8th Company donated by Mr. Frank Stone are on display. 

A binder filled with over 100 letters written home by Danbury soldier, Ernest Patchen can be read and

visitors are encouraged to search the CT Military Census for Danbury for their ancestor(s). The Military Census was an assessment of manpower and resources available in the state.  All men aged 16 years and over were counted.  Craft a poppy and take in three-dimensional “trench wall” a focal point of the exhibit.

Brigid Guertin, Executive Director and City Historian noted, “We are so excited about the overwhelming interest and support that our World War I exhibit has generated within the Danbury community.  Loans and donations of WW1-related materials, to augment the exhibit, have been coming in to the museum regularly. We’ve also seen more than 300 visitors through our door since its opening Our partnership with the Danbury Library to offer movies, lectures and programs related to WWI is an exciting addition to our Danbury calendar of events.”

A full slate of events are planned throughout the exhibit and includes a World War I Free Film Series on Fridays at the museum and the library, Pets for Patriots adoption day in cooperation with DAWS in August, a World War I Recipe Pot Luck Dinner in October and A Night of Poetry in November.

The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call is on display through Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Veterans Day. Admission is free though monetary donations are gratefully accepted.

The museum is also excited to offer expanded hours for guided tours of the historic buildings on their Main Street campus for the summer months.  Tours take place Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Labor Day.

About the DMHSA:

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society was formed to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret New England's past; focusing particularly on the heritage of Danbury.  Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary Rider House (c.1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio and the Charles Ives Birthplace.  Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building houses the museum offices and research library.  2017 marks the 75th Anniversary Year of the founding of the museum at 43 Main Street in Danbury.

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The Danbury Museum & Historical Society

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Connecticut Magazine |  Mar 14, 2017

In times like this, with federal funding for arts programs in danger of being slashed, you need to make loud arguments to the private sector about the value of supporting the arts, says Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, which serves the Danbury area.

“I think we’re going to be in for some really difficult times in the next few years, where arts support from a federal level is concerned,” Scails says. “My position is that the arts are a viable way to keep a community vibrant. We really will need the support of businesses and business leaders more now than ever.”

In the coming years Scails will be well placed to make those arguments, as she was recently elected to a three-year term on the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts, a national arts advocacy group with offices in Washington and New York. As a member of the council, Scails will work with other arts leaders to develop and implement advocacy programs and help serve as resource for local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.


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"B-sharp, never B-flat, and always B-Natural" - as seen on a hand painted wooden sign

“Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart”, wrote Australian author Gregory David Roberts. With that in mind, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, developers of downtown Danbury's new apartment complex Kennedy Flats, has awarded $1,700 to the popular CityCenter Danbury Farmers' Market  to add an ongoing music component to the Market's colorful cornucopia.   

"We believe that Farmers' Markets are an integral part of any thriving community and are happy to be able to enhance this weekly event by sponsoring live music," says Justin Gaboury, Senior Community Manager of Kennedy Flats, which overlooks Kennedy Park, where the Farmers' Market will open its 7th season on Saturday, June 25th. "Having access to fresh local produce and handcrafted items outside of our doorstep is a tremendous asset to downtown residents."

Working with Western Connecticut State University, the CityCenter Danbury Farmers' Market looks forward to engaging students, alumni, and faculty members in a lively community market culture while offering them a new venue and audience for WCSU musical troupes. While listening to music enlivening a growing downtown, you can forage for greens to Folk, pick up a pepper with Pop, jam with Jazz, or buy a trio of apples with Acoustic or Acapella music - and it's all Connecticut Grown.  

The CityCenter Danbury Farmers' Market, recognized for its highly successful nutrition-in-action program, "Better Food for Better Health," will open Saturday, June 25th at Kennedy Park (Elm Street at Main) and run every Saturday through October 22nd. Hours are 10:00am to 2:00pm. Additional funding has been provided, in part, by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture through the Community Investment Act and Fairfield County's Community Foundation. For more information, call CityCenter Danbury at (203) 792 1711 or visit www.danburyfarmersmarket.org To find out about other CityCenter Danbury events, go to citycenterdanbury.com


Danbury CityCenter Danbury Farmers' Market, featuring Connecticut Grown produce, entertainment, and an extensive nutrition-in-action program. Saturdays, June 25 to October 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kennedy Park, Elm Street at Main. (203) 792 1711www.danburyfarmersmarket.org

As the key management for downtown, CityCenter Danbury is a non-profit that works to meet, sustain, and surpass the four principals of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring under the National Main Street Program.  CityCenter is a taxing district supported, through assessments, by CityCenter property owners within the district. CityCenter is only one of five Downtown Improvement Districts in Connecticut recognized by the Connecticut Main Street Center and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. CityCenter Events programming is supported, in part, by Union Savings Bank, Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith, Dental Associates of Connecticut, Danbury Parking Authority, Danbury Cultural Commission and the City of Danbury. In partnership with the City of Danbury, the Office of Economic Development, and the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, CityCenter Danbury enhances Western Connecticut’s urban core with arts, culture, entertainment, and a vibrant City life.  CityCenter Danbury’s offices are located at 268 Main Street, phone: (203) 792 1711 or visit www.citycenterdanbury.com

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