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2017 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 .  Our calendar continues to develop and additional programming details may be added from time to time.

 

March 6 - American Military Forum - Prelude to a Revolution: A Tale of Two Friends

    Lexington & Concord  Ray Sullivan  John Adams  Dr. Joseph Warren

Time of Event:  Monday, 7:30 

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

A presentation by Dr. Raymond Sullivan, Director of Public Health for the Town of Brookfield, will cover two famous patriots who made significant contributions leading to the success of the War of Independence in the early stages of the American Revolution. Sullivan will highlight the significant actions of both John Adams and Dr. Joseph Warren in rallying the colonists towards armed revolt.

Sullivan, a retired cancer 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.  He has published  Contentment: A Novel Of New England Birth” . His second work “Softness and Sensibility: A Biography of Abigail Nabby Adams Smith, America’s First Princess” is currently being edited.  

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

 

April 3 - American Military Forum - Children of the War

Pete Peterson  Duck and Cover  WWII poster  Black Out Drill

The Historical Society will host a talk by author C.D. (Pete) Peterson. The program will present an excerpt and visualization from Peterson’s work currently in progress After the War.  The program will focus on a child’s recollections of life during WWII.  Black out drills, rationing, separation, fear, patriotism, and much more are among the memories fixed in those who were children during the war. 

Peterson, a longtime resident of Brookfield enlisted in the United States Navy and next to President George H.W. Bush, Peterson was the second youngest ever naval aviator. He served on the Carrier USS Wasp. He has been active as a past member of the Town’s Board of Finance and was VP of Planning and Marketing at Danbury Hospital.  His other works include several business books and the History of Danbury Hospital.

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 1 - American Military Forum - International Terrorism... with book signing

Mike Zacchea and General  Mike Zacchea  Afganastan war

Retired Marine Officer Mike Zacchea, of Brookfield will present an Update on Middle East Conflicts. His Program will cover his recently published the book “The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion” He will discuss the work as well as providing insight into the current conditions and challenges that face the US Military in the war against ISIS and International terrorism in the Middle East.

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 21- Jun 4 - Museum Exhibit Honors Fallen Brookfield Military Heroes

  Williams Park  Gene Roberts holds pix of Civil War vetVietnam wall memorial

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)

(left) 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.  (right)  Gene Roberts, a Vietnam Veteran and Director of the Brookfield Museum & Historical Society, holds a photograph taken of a painting  of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Merwin, a former Brookfield resident, killed July 2nd, 1863 on the battlefield at Gettysburg. These photos and courageous stories are 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 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 June 4th and will also be open during the Brookfield’s Memorial Day parade on Sunday, May 29. 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. This exhibit provides our community the opportunity to gain a more intimate understanding of the courageous servicemen we honor.  It not only contains the names of the fallen, but also background information, where available, on both their civilian and military lives as well as poignant images and photographs. It is a moving tribute to these men who have made so grave a sacrifice for our community and our nation.

Strawberry Festival  Shortcake  Festival Overview

Billy Michaels band  Don Winkley and Al Cyr

May 28 – 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 29, 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 5 - American Military Forum - The Great War: WWI

  Geraldl Brooker    WWI soldiersWorld War I image

Renowned author Dr Gerry Brooker will deliver a multimedia presentation on WWI. Brooker’s talk will include why the U.S. entered the war, its causes, how our participation hastened its end, and two of his essays about the war. Photos will include the battles of: Ypres,  the Somme, Belleau Woods, the Argonne, the Marne, and Verdun.

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

 

Open House  Museum building

June 10 - Museum Open House

On June 11, 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 10 - American Military Forum - The Organization of Strategic Services (OSS) During WWII

  OSS  Sabotage sign

Robert Purssell of Brookfield, a retired engineer and research writer, will conduct a  multi-media presentation on the WWII Organization of Strategic Services (OSS)    Purssell will focus on the origins of the Organization and its use during the war to infiltrate their agents into enemy strongholds, organize resistance and interrupt and destroy vital enemy operations. He will also discuss the experience of former Brookfield resident John Breen who graduated from the first class of OSS agents and served the organization in Burma during the war. Finally Purssell will explain how the OSS eventually morphed into the current day Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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 15 - Fourth Annual Patriotic Concert - Outside in the Museum Garden

Garden concert  Billy and singers  crowd at summer concert

The Brookfield Historical Society will present its fourth annual Summer Concert in the Formal Garden behind the Brookfield Museum.   All  attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. The concert will combine the music of local favorite musician and singer Billy Michael and the female vocalist group the Patriettes. The program will feature traditional patriotic songs and popular favorites. Admission is free to this fun filled event. The program is tailored for family members of all ages.

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 7 - American Military Forum - They Called Her Reckless - a true story of war, love, and

                   one extraordinary horse... 

author Janet Barett  Reckless horse book  Reckless the horse photo   

Author Janet Barrett, will present  a lecture and book signing on her work “ They called Her Reckless – A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse” Her experiences as a horsewoman gave her a particular appreciation of the tight bond that developed between Reckless and her fellow Marines, from which the story springs. Barrett has loved and been fascinated by horses all her life, and for 25 years almost obsessively rode, owned, and cared for them.  The author's first book was On The Fence: A Parent's Handbook of Horseback Riding. She has written about health, sports, and education, and the people therein for a host of specialty publications, first as a staff writer and later through her own company, Janet Barrett Communications. As well, she has written for TV, radio, and the public relations field.  She was raised in New York, graduated from Indiana University with an B.S. in Communications and now lives with her husband in Chester Connecticut.

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

 

September 2 & 9 - Brookfield Museum Honors Memory of 4 Victims with Ties to Community Who Perished on 9/11 - Memorial Exhibit               

911 Exhibit     9/11 night image

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 2nd & 9th - noon to 4 p.m.

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

 

September 11 - American Military Forum - The Revolutionary War Battle of Long Island

Joe Cerreto Rev War    Long Island battle  Long Island Rev map

Revolutionary war re-enactor Joe Cerreto will feature a program on the Battle of Long Island.  It was fought on August 27, 1776 and was the first major battle to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776. It was a victory for the  British Army and the beginning of a successful campaign that gave them control of the strategically important city of New York. It was the largest battle of the entire 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 to this presentation is free and complimentary refreshments will be available for attendees

 

October 9 - American Military Forum - A Sharing of Experience Being Part of the Air Force Space Program

Joe Beal  Space program  USAF trials

Mr. Joseph Beal, retired USAF, will conduct a multi-media program discussing his experience while in the Air Force being a member of a bomb wing organization and a part of the Air Force space program. Joe is the Commander of the Brookfield VFW as well as a member of the Board of Directors at the Brookfield Museum.

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

 

October 15 - Brookfield's 6th Annual Farmfest

Blacksmithing Demonstration and much more!

 

   gurski barn    gurski front houst   Merwin Brook Cemetery   tractor  Ryan Blessey

 

Time of Event:  Saturday, 11-3 p.m.

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

The Brookfield Conservation Commission, in collaboration with the Brookfield Museum and Historical Society is presenting the community's fourth Annual Farmfest on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 from 11 to 3 p.m. at the Gurski Farmstead on Route 133. There will be vintage tractors and trucks, Fire 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 1/4 mile from the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center.

Admission is free.

 

 

October 18 – 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 4 –  24th Annual “Festival of Crafts” Craft Fair 

Craft Show 1Craft Show 2

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 24rd 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.

 

October 25 - (program to be determined)

Time of Event:  Wednesday, 7:30

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

 

November 5  – 12th Annual Veteran’s Day Program & Concert

Time of Event:  Sunday, 2:00 p.m..

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

Billy Michael with girl singers   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 two 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

 

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