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2015 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.  For a faster response, you may also contact us by email at brookfieldhistsoc@snet.net .  The calendar for 2015 continues to develop and additional programming details may be added from time to time.

 

March 2 - American Military Forum - King Phillip's War - America's "First Indian War"

Bob Purcell    King Phllips War

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

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

Robert Purssell of Brookfield, a retired engineer and research writer, will conduct a power point presentation entitled King Phillip's War or "America's First Indian War".  Purssell will discuss the circumstances that led to this conflict and its outcome. He will also offer insights on lessons learned and how they helped shape our current U.S. military organization and post war policy and strategy in dealing with captives 350 years later.

All are welcome - the program is free of charge and refreshments will be served.

 

April 6 - American Military Forum - American Civil War: 1865 in review...

     Civil War

The Museum's American Military Forum will host a presentation given by Peter Cronin of Brookfield on the Civil War featuring a review of the events that took place 150 years ago in the year 1865. Cronin will discuss, among other events, Union General W.T. Sherman’s march through Georgia and South Carolina and its impact on the Confederacy in conducting a post war guerilla campaign. He will also highlight the siege of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, and Union General Grant’s pursuit of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Richmond to Appomattox Courthouse where the Lee’s surrender took place.   A former member of the Historical Society’s Board of Directors, Mr. Cronin has given a number of lectures on the Civil War and other historical topics at the Museum in the past.

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30                                

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

Admission to this presentation is free and complimentary refreshments will be available for attendees.

 

May 4 - American Military Forum - A Look Back at America's Participation in WWI

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Jack Scully

Jack Scully, a former Navy veteran from Brookfield, stands next to a picture of his great uncle John Powell Scully, a WWI doughboy, who served in the 29th Infantry Division, as part of the American Expeditionary force during World War I.   Scully, a Brookfield resident and former Navy veteran, will deliver a multi-media presentation discussing America’s participation in the war and the major military campaigns U.S. Forces engaged in.  In addition he will share information he has gathered over the past 35 years in creating a profile on his father’s older brother John, relating to his WWI military service. He will also discuss the many resources he used in his research. Scully has taught several genealogy courses in Danbury and Brookfield and recently gave a talk on “Genealogy & Technology” at the Danbury Area Computer Society.   The presentation sponsored by the Brookfield Historical Society will take place at the Brookfield Museum, located at 165 Whisconier Road (Junction of Routes 25 and 133) in Brookfield Center.  Mr. Scully will wear a WWI uniform made by his wife Barbara similar to that worn by his uncle Jack.

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

Admission to this presentation is free and complimentary refreshments will be available for attendees

 

May 16- May 30 - Museum Exhibit Honors Fallen Brookfield Military Heros

Time of Event:  Every Saturday from noon - 4 p.m. with extended hours on Sunday, May 24 (Brookfield's Memorial Day Celebration)

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

Sergeant Rajcula

Staff Sergeant George Rajcula, a former Brookfield resident and machine gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, was killed in World War II during a bombing mission over Germany in January, 1944.  His photo and courageous story is part of a Memorial Exhibit honoring the memory of former Brookfield town residents who gave their lives during many of our nation’s military campaigns from the American Revolution up to and including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Exhibit will open on Saturday at noon in the Brookfield Museum located at 165 Whisconier Road,  (intersection of Routes 25 and 133) in Brookfield Center. It will continue each Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. through May 30 and will also be open during the Brookfield’s Memorial Day parade on Sunday, May 24. Each year we pay tribute to Brookfield’s fallen military heroes but until recently, little was known about who they actually are. We have now been able to identify 44 former Brookfield residents who gave their lives, on the alter of freedom, in defense of our nation.

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May 24 – 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)

Liz Roberts left, Kathy Rajcula and her mom Elaine Rajcula prepare strawberry shortcake during our Strawberry Festival. This year the Festival will take place on Sunday, May 24, between 12:30 and 3:00 P.M. It will be held outside the Brookfield Museum located at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center, following the Town’s Memorial Day parade. The parade ends near the museum parking lot where strawberry shortcake and soft drinks will be sold to support future public programs of the Society.  The Billy Michaels’ Jazz for Juniors band, provided by Hegarty Realty, will be on hand in the park behind the Historical Society building to entertain and a display of antique and vintage automobiles will also featured in the parking lot. At the same time, within the Society’s Museum, the third annual Brookfield War Memorial exhibit will be open to the public. It is a moving display, which honors 43 former Brookfield residents who gave their lives while in the military, in service to the United States.

 

June 1 - American Military Forum - The Navy Destroyer Corry During the D-Day Invasion

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Kevin McKernon will conduct a multimedia presentation on the actions of the Navy's destroyer USS Corry and its participation with the naval fleet that supported the D-Day invasion.  Kevin will relate his father's experience as the Chief of Radar Operations on the ship that was ultimately sunk by a German shore battery during the invasion.  He will also discuss in detail Operation Overlord (D-Day).

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

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

Admission to this presentation is free and complimentary refreshments will be available for attendees

 

Museum Open House - Flag Day

June 13 - Museum Open House

On June 13, between Noon and 4 PM the Brookfield Museum will join cultural institutions all over the state, in welcoming visitors as part of the State wide 11th Annual Open House Day celebrating Connecticut’s culture and history. The Museum, which is part of the Brookfield Historical Society, will feature a local history exhibit to help residents and visitors discover or rediscover the unique character of the community.

Admission to the Open House is free.  Docents will be on hand to inform visitors of the important roll Brookfield played in shaping the State’s History. They will also learn about many of the famous people with historical ties to this beautiful community located at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.  Early images, photographs, artifacts, paintings and stories will be shared including the saga of the Town’s Copperhead Flag which is situated over the Museum Fireplace and is one of only two existing in the state. Visitors will be given a flyer on the History of Brookfield to take with them when they leave. 

The annual event is coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Department of Economic & Community Development.

 

July 13 - American Military Forum - author's book signing with Presentation of his Work on the Battle of Okinawa

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Author George Feifer  of Roxbury will give a lecture followed by a book signing  of his book The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb   More people perished during the battle of Okinawa than in the ensuing atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The Battle of Okinawa is a stunning account of the last major campaign of World War II and the largest land-sea-air engagement in history. Mr. Fiefer, a world renowned author has received accolades from the likes of Studs Terkel,  who wrote, “Unless we know of Okinawa and its beleaguered people, we know precious little of World War II." and  Stephen E. Ambrose author of the Citizen Soldier and Easy Company the basis for the TV presentation A Band of Brothers, who stated  “His work deeply moving,  and a credit to journalism, history and the United States. It far surpasses most books about war. “

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

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

Admission if free and refreshments will be served

 

July 18 - Patriotic Concert Outside in the Museum Garden

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The Brookfield Historical Society will present its second annual Summer Concert in the Formal Garden behind the Brookfield Museum. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The concert will combine the music of local favorite musician and singer Billy Michael and female vocalist Arianna Carlo. The program will feature traditional patriotic songs and popular favorites.

 Also highlighting the event will be dance performances by a talented troupe from the famed Lathrop School of Dance in Newtown.

Time of Event:  Saturday, 7 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free and ice cream sales will be available during the concert. The program is a tailored for all family members both young and old!

 

August 3 - American Military Forum - The Last Year of Lincoln's Presidency

Paula Hopewell

Hopewell, a native of Kentucky, has delivered numerous lectures on Lincoln at various venues throughout the state. She is a member of the Lincoln Symposia which meets annually in Gettysburg, PA.  The program will cover her many visits thus far  in 2015 to events marking the final year of Lincoln’s Presidency and the closing chapter of the Civil War. She will expand on photo images that were taken during her journeys, to include a visit to the Lincoln family cemetery in Virginia, the annual convention of Abraham Lincoln presenters in Vandalia, Illinois, and a re-enactment of his second inaugural address in Washington DC. Hopewell also attended a moving ceremony  in Hartford,  honoring Connecticut’s 29th and 30th Colored infantry, whose regimental flags were transferred to the State’s Hall of Flags on the first floor in the Capitol building to be permanently on display with all other Connecticut Civil War regimental flags.  Most recently, she has returned from a "behind-the-scenes Lincoln tour" of the National Museum of American History, at the Smithsonian.

Since visiting Lincoln’s birthplace in Hodgenville and his boyhood home in Knob Creek (both in her home state of Kentucky), Hopewell’s interest in Lincoln has developed into a passion. She has visited Lincoln’s burial site in Springfield, Illinois, as well as the offices where Lincoln practiced law. Hopewell holds an MBA degree from the University of Cincinnati and worked for ten years in marketing research.

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

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

Admission to this presentation is free and complimentary refreshments will be available for attendees

 

August 8 -  Brookfield Artists: Past and Present

Cole Bradley football Eric Sloan covered bridgeSchleussner sceneHutchinson Harper Bazzar

Among the historic artists featured are Eric Sloane, a founding member of the Historical Society, and David Hutchinson an  artist contracted by the federal government during the depression to grace the walls of federal building throughout America with his murals. Famed cartoonist Jack Berrill who created the comic strip Gil Thorp will be featured along with some works of Elizabeth Schleussner, a nationally recognized landscape painter of desert settings, south west scenes and eucalyptus trees.. In addition, the artworks of Reginald Ward Phillips, a world renowned book and magazine illustrator and Cole Bradley who trained under the direction of Norman Rockwell and whose illustrations appeared in National Magazines will be on display. Bradley created the Brookfield town seal and did numerous drawing depicting life in Brookfield in earlier times. He also created the Legend of Whisconier complete with illustration.

Both the Arts Commission and the Historical Society have served the Brookfield community for many years. The Historical Society’s goal is to preserve the history of Brookfield for the benefit of both current and future generations, serve as a learning center for historic and genealogical research on the town  and conduct public events of an educational, historical  and cultural  nature. The Arts Commission aims to promote community participation, understanding and appreciation in the arts activities of Brookfield as well as serve as a liaison between artists, schools and the community while also encouraging local artists in demonstrating their talents.

Time of Event:  Every Saturday, August 8th through August 29 - noon to 4 p.m 

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

 

September 5 - Brookfield Museum Honors Memory of 4 Victims with Ties to Community Who          Perished on 9/11 - Memorial Exhibit               

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The Brookfield Historical Society will honor the memory of four victims with ties to Brookfield who perished during the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. There will be a memorial display as well personal testimonials and recorded acts of courage by Brookfield first responders. This year marks the 14th anniversary of the tragic event and area residents are encouraged to visit.

Time of Event:  Saturday, September 5 - noon to 4 p.m.

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

 

September 14 - American Military Forum - A Fighter Pilot's Vietnam Experience

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Ed Foss, a Naval Aviator, flew 135 combat missions during the Vietnam conflict.  He had two 9 month tours of duty aboard the Aircraft Carriers "USS Ticonderoga" and "USS Ranger," from April, 1964 to September, 1966. He flew the fighter bomber Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, and will share his experiences during that period of time.

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

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

Admission if free and refreshments will be served

 

September 19 - Brookfield's Third Annual Farmfest - Blacksmithing Demonstration and much more!

 

   gurski barn    gurski front houst   Merwin Brook Cemetery   tractor  Ryan Blessey

Time of Event:  Saturday, 10-4 p.m.

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

The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society together with the Brookfield Conservation Commission is presenting the communities second annual Farmfest on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gurski Farmstead on Route 133. There will be vintage tractors and trucks, and antique machinery, as well as exhibits by the Historical Society, Conservation Commission and Brookfield Girl Scouts.  Farmfest organizer Ryan Blessey, will give a hands-on blacksmithing demonstration at the restored Gurski Farmstead forge.   Lorraine Ballato of Brookfield along with others Master Gardeners will field questions from attendees at the Ask the Master Gardener booth on gardening and flower related concerns. In addition, tours, of the Merwin Brook Cemetery, Brookfield’s second oldest cemetery, situated next to the blacksmith shop, will be held. In recent years a number of headstones at this site, buried by time, were discovered with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), the locations of grave markers obscured over the years were discovered and subsequently uncovered as well as markers identifying the parameters and boundaries of the Cemetery. Food will also be available along with a bake sale. The Gurski Farmstead is located on the west side of Route 133 approximately 1/2 mile from the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center.

Admission is free.

 

 

September

Time of Event:  Wednesday, 7:30

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

 

 

October 5 - American Military Forum - Final Campaign of WWII - The Atomic Bomb   

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Peter Cronin will give a multi-media presentation on the final campaign of the war in the Pacific during WWII. He will conclude with the circumstances leading up to the dropping of the A Bomb on Japan and the events that followed.

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30

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

Admission if free and refreshments will be served

 

October 11 - Special Exhibit opening

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

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

 

October 28 – 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 Historical Society 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 7 –  22nd Annual “Festival of Crafts” Craft Fair 

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Time of the Event:  Saturday, 9 – 3

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 8  – 10th Annual Veteran’s Day Program & Concert

Time of Event:  Sunday, 2:00 p.m..

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

J & B Lite band   Veterans concert 1   Veterans salute

The well known area vocal and musical Group J and B Lite will appear at a free concert to honor area veterans. The event is part of the community's 9th annual veteran's program, "A Musical Salute to Veterans", sponsored by the Brookfield Museum and Historical Society. Billy Michael, who will lead the group, will present a selection of popular music which emerge during the war years with particular emphasis on the music of the two World Wars. In addition three area veterans will be honored for their wartime service to our country. The program and concert are free.  Refreshments will be served.

Admission if free and refreshments will be served

 

December 12 and 13 - Museum Annual Family Christmas Open House

Time of Event:  Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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     Emily Dlugozima of Brookfield watches Howdy Doody as he enjoys riding in his vintage Mercedes Benz peddle car. He will return once again this year as the Brookfield Historical Society, hosts its fourth annual Traditional Christmas Open House Weekend at the Brookfield Museum, Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm. Santa will be stopping by with his helpers bearing complimentary treats for the kids.

     The sight of operating Model trains in a winter display, will entertain children of all ages, while the sound of antique music boxes will fill the air with well-known Christmas musical classics. Vintage toys dating back to the 50s and beyond along old time Christmas decorations will bring back memories of holidays past. It’s all free and attendees will be treated to complimentary homemade Christmas cookies and assorted pastries, as well as hot chocolate and mulled cider.

     Additionally, some hand crafted items will be on sale from our gift shop and local craft artisans. The Brookfield Museum is located at the 165 Whisconier Road (junction of Routes 25 and 133) in Brookfield Center.  This event is "must-see" visit for adults and children that is guaranteed to get everyone into the spirit of the season.

Admission if free and special "Holiday" refreshments will be served

 

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