Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Road, P.O. Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
Phone: 203-740-8140

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2010 Calendar of Events

For more information about any of the events or other activities of the Brookfield Historical please call 203-740-8140 to speak to a representative or leave a message.  You may also contact us by email at brookfieldhistsoc@snet.net .  The calendar for 2010 is still being developed and additional programming will be added as it is finalized.

 

Through March – "TOYS"

Time of Event: Every Saturday, noon - 4 p.m.

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Among the many items are Civil War and Victorian era dolls, lead soldier collections, vintage Disney toys, pre-war games, a 19th century child's sewing machine, early Gilbert erector sets, cap pistols and holsters, trucks, cars, and a wide variety of other popular toys of years past spanning the late 1800's to the 1970's.


March 20 & 21 and March 27 & 28 - Brookfield Museum's Annual Model Train Exhibition

Time of Event:  Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 5 p.m. for two consecutive weekends!

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

The 20th Annual Model Railroad Exhibition, sponsored by the Brookfield Museum and Historical Society, will be held for the first time on two consecutive weekends in the Museum at the corner of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield, Connecticut. The show will feature more than six operating model train layouts from N-scale to G‑scale as well as train collections, photos, railroad antiques, artwork, videos, and railroad memorabilia.  Toy trains will be available for children to operate.  Admission is $4 for adults; $1 for children 7-14; children under 7 free; senior citizens and Historical Society members $3.  Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Research Center and future public programming.

 

April 5 - American Military Forum - WWI and the Impact on the Local Family

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

The Brookfield Historical Society will sponsor, as part of their American Military Forum, a lecture and visual presentation on the events that led up to World War I and America's entry in the Great War.  Additionally, using photographs, letters, and artifacts, an image will unfold, revealing the impact on one American family whose son was drafted into the military service during the war.  Peter Cronin of Brookfield, who over the years has given numerous lectures of the Civil War, will offer the presentation.  The public is invited and admission is free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

April 14 - Unveiling of the Brookfield Civil War Copperhead Flag and lecture

Time of Event:  Wednesday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

The Historical Society will unveil the newly restored and conserved Civil War Copperhead flag.  It was sewn in 1861 by the female citizenry of Brookfield who were against the Union's participation in the Civil War.  Following the unveiling, a presentation on the Copperhead movement in Connecticut will be given by Kathy Craughwell-Varda of the Connecticut State Library.  Admission is free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

April 10 through May 31 - Museum Exhibit - Brookfield in Post Cards

Time of Event:  Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 30 from 11 - 4 p.m.

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Local history will be portrayed in post card-form spanning almost a century.  See unique and rare scenes of Brookfield from the extensive post card collection of Brookfield's George Franklin.

 

April 21 - The Geology of Brookfield's Route 7 Bypass and other Connecticut rock revelations

Time of Event:  Wednesday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Making the multimedia presentation will be local geologist, Jack Pawloski, the Director of the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science in Kent, has extensive knowledge about the mineral history and occurrences in Connecticut.

Refreshments will be served.


May 3 - American Military Forum - Memoirs of a World War II Veteran

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

The Historical Society will host a presentation by Richard Jaccarino of Redding who served with the U.S. Army in World War II.  He participated in the campaigns to recapture the Philippians and take the Japanese island stronghold of Okinawa.  A Purple Heart recipient, twice the Bronze Star, Jaccarino will recount his experiences during the two major offenses.  The public is invited and admission is free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

May 19 - John Adams...His Trials, Tribulations, and a Little Known Brookfield Connection

Time of Event:  Wednesday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

The Historical Society will host a presentation by Dr. Raymond Sullivan who is the Director of Public Health for the Town of Brookfield.  The presentation will cover the office of America's second president, John Adams.  In addition to discussing many of the challenges facing Adams in his personal life after his public service, Dr. Sullivan will uncover a little known connection between Adams, his wife Abigail and our town of Brookfield.  Sullivan, a retired caner surgeon, is an ardent student of New England history.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and has taught New England history at the Waterbury campus of the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Sullivan is currently working on a book about Adam's daughter, Nabby, and has most recently published a work called Contentment: A Novel of New England Birth.  Admission if free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

May 22 - Gurski Farmstead Blacksmithing Demonstration and more!

Time of Event:  Saturday, 10-2 p.m.

Location: Gurski Farmstead forge area just a half mile north of the Museum on Route 133 heading toward Bridgewater

Brookfield residents, Ryan Blessey and Bob Pitcher will give a hands-on demonstration at the Gurski farm in the Museum's forge - a working blacksmith shop.  The Museum will host the demonstration and open house which will include several display's of working "one-lung" farm machines from the turn of the last century as well as tours of the Merwin Brook Cemetery situated next to the forge.  During the program, the Brookfield Educational Association will be recognized for their contributions to the restoration of blacksmith shop as a way of furthering community educational programs.  Collete Sturm, the Association's president, will be on hand for the event.  Admission to the event if free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

May 30 – Museum's Annual Strawberry Festival

Time of the Event:  Sunday from noon through 3:00

Location: Historical Society's Museum grounds, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Following the Brookfield Memorial Day parade, the Museum and Historical Society will host its annual Strawberry Festival. The festival will feature, at no charge, a live jazz band and an antique car exhibit.  In addition homemade strawberry short cake and soft drink beverages will be sold to the public.  All proceeds will go to sponsor future public programming at the Museum.

 

 June 1 - Brookfield High School Special Chorus Spring Concert

Time of the Event:  Tuesday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Brookfield High School's Choral Director, John LaMendola will lead the Special Chorus in an evening of music showcasing the talents of our local students.   Admission is free.

 

June 7 - American Military Forum - The Final Chapter of the Civil War - events that followed Appomattox

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Dave Montgomery of Newtown, an accomplished presenter at our Civil War Forums will give a multimedia presentation on the crucial events that followed Lee's surrender at Appomattox.  Dave is a former Marine officer with a life-long interest in military history.  This presentation will focus on Lincoln's assassination, other Confederate Army surrenders, continued southern guerilla warfare, and the movement towards reconciliation and reconstruction.  The public is invited and admission is free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

July 21 - "Back to the Park"  -  the latest revelations on the archeology of Putnam Park

Time of the Event: Wednesday, 7:30

Location: Historical Society's Museum, 165 Whisconier Road  (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)

Noted author and lecturer, Dan Cruson of Newton, will give a multimedia presentation of the latest findings on the continuing archeology digs at Putnam Park, the winter encampment site of General Israel Putnam's Continental troops from December 1778 - May 1779, widely known as Connecticut's Valley Forge.  Admission is free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

September 18 - Gurski Farmstead Blacksmithing Demonstration and more!

Time of Event:  Saturday, 10-2 p.m.

Location: Gurski Farmstead forge area just a half mile north of the Museum on Route 133 heading toward Bridgewater

Brookfield residents, Ryan Blessey and Bob Pitcher will once again give a hands-on demonstration at the Gurski farm in the Museum's forge - a working blacksmith shop.  The Museum will host the demonstration and open house which will include several display's of working "one-lung" farm machines from the turn of the last century as well as tours of the Merwin Brook Cemetery situated next to the forge.  Admission to the event is free.

Refreshments will be served.

 

October 20 – The Museum's Annual Meeting & Dinner

Time of the Event: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Hearth Restaurant, Federal Road, Brookfield

This event is open to members only and features an original presentation and dinner.  Please RSVP to the Museum's phone or email.  Cocktails at 6:30 and dinner served at 7.

 

November 6 – 19th Annual “Festival of Crafts” Craft Fair 

Time of the Event:  Saturday, 9 – 4

Location: Brookfield Whisconier Middle School, 17 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield

The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society will sponsor its 19th Annual “Festival of Crafts” Craft Fair at the Brookfield Middle School on West Whisconier Road.  Among New England’s largest craft shows, this year’s Festival will offer for sale jewelry, artwork, textile products, holiday treasures, toys, gourmet foods and many other uniquely hand crafted items by highly recognized northeast artisans perfect for gift or home use.  More than sixty juried crafters will be on hand.  Admission is $5 without discount coupon for adults and children over 12 years of age.  Click here for more information and a discount coupon.

 

November 7  – 7th Annual Veteran’s Day Program & Concert

Concert Honoring Veteran’s at the Brookfield Library

Sunday, November 7,  2P.M.

 Location: Brookfield Public Library 182 Whisconier Road (Rt. 25)      

A free concert to honor local veterans will be given in the community room of the Brookfield Public Library sponsored by the Brookfield Museum & Historical Society.  The group J&B Lite will present a selection of popular music which emerged during the war years.  Mollie McDonald, of Brookfield, will provide the vocal lead.

 

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