Keeler Notes: History in the making

One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who made 2017 a special year for Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center. This includes our growing membership, scores of volunteers who lend a hand (and oftentimes an arm), generous donors and sponsors, and our many town partners, as well as visitors of all ages from near and far. We’re grateful to everyone who believes that history matters, and recognizes the value KTHC brings to Ridgefield, not just as a place to learn about the lessons of history and civics for the purpose of citizenship, but also as an economic driver to ensure the town’s prosperity.

2017 highlights include the History Trivia Contest, the townwide Battle of Ridgefield re-enactment, the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth, Keeler Kids summer camp, the return of the Gala to our campus, the #HandsOnHistory exhibition about Main Street’s thriving 18th- and 19th-Century businesses, and a colorful suite of holiday events.

Our school programs have tripled over the past two years, with some 1,500 schoolchildren from throughout Fairfield County visiting for a full-day hands-on experience. KTHC has become the classroom to teach history, the social sciences and humanities.

Looking ahead, 2018 will be an exciting year with the opening of the new Visitor Center at 152 Main Street on July Fourth. What better day to remind us that we’re all part of history in the making. Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2018!