Ridgefield Thrift Shop awards grant to Keeler Tavern Museum

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center Board President Rhonda Hill, left, recently accepted a grant from Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteer Christine Nolan, right.

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center Board President Rhonda Hill, left, recently accepted a grant from Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteer Christine Nolan, right.

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Ridgefield Thrift Shop has awarded the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center a grant that will allow Keeler to purchase conservation-quality mannequins to properly exhibit its collection of historic garments.

The Tavern Museum & History Center (152 Main St., Ridgefield) and the Thrift Shop (21 Governor St., Ridgefield) have a longstanding relationship. The Thrift Shop has also provided generous and consistent grant support to Keeler for many years.

“Ridgefield Thrift Shop is deeply invested in our community, and we appreciate their ongoing support of Keeler Tavern Museum,” said Hilde Grob, the executive director at KTM&HC. “Their grant will help us better support our historic garments to ensure their long-term preservation even as they are displayed for public enjoyment, education and academic study. These displays will (be featured) in our museum as we begin the process of reinterpreting the site for a 21st-century audience and provide new in-person and virtual experiences that explore the site’s 300-year history and speak to its contemporary relevance.”

The Thrift Shop most recently provided the funding for a self-guided tour titled “Gilberts in the Gardens,” underwriting the design and manufacturing of 11 interpretive signs to be installed around KTM&HC’s four-acre historic site. A public ribbon cutting for this new visitor experience is scheduled for later this spring; date to be announced.

Learn more about the Tavern Museum and History Center’s collection on its website at www.keelertavernmuseum.org/history-research.