Phillis Wheatley poetry: Scotts Ridge students learn about privilege, agency

For centuries, the written word has been used to move people to action on issues that an author deems important. Words can connect the reader to the humanity of the subject and prompt them to action. That’s what Scotts Ridge Middle School eighth graders learned when historical interpreter Cheyney McKnight spoke to them about the work of 18th century enslaved … read more

Keeler Tavern Museum declares victory on capital campaign

Winning feels good. That’s why anyone traversing Ridgefield’s historic Main Street recently has noticed exuberance all around the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center. The museum’s capital campaign team started its preparation for a campus expansion in November 2016 by acquiring the property at 152 Main Street and, over the last three years, executed that plan by receiving pledges, grants, … read more

Ridgefield artist to receive ‘Behind The Scenes’ award

Local artist Tina Phillips will be honored by Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center at The Ridgefield Arts Council’s annual Behind The Scenes event on May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library. For the past seven years, Phillips has been the Art Show Coordinator at KTM&HC, organizing art shows by local artists in the Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn. … read more

McGills to be honored at Cannonball Gala May 18

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center will be hosting its annual Cannonball Gala on Saturday, May 18, in the Garden House. The Cannonball Gala is a major fundraiser for the museum, supporting its general operating budget. This evening fundraiser will feature cocktails in the garden, live music by local high school musicians, The Ridgefield Jazz Giants, a silent auction, a … read more

Burr Bradleys win history trivia contest

The competition was fierce at The Battle of Ridgefield VI, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s fifth annual history trivia contest on April 5. Six teams participated in the contest, answering questions on topics ranging from colleges to cars to 20th century Ridgefield. The 60 trivia questions, a mix of multiple choice, short answer, and matching, were developed by a … read more

Keeler Tavern Museum to host tag sale in Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center annual barn tag sale will take place in the Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn, rain or shine, Thursday through Saturday, April 25 to April 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tag sale features a barn-load full of trinkets and treasures for everyone. Browse reasonably priced … read more

Keeler Tavern Museum receives grant from Connecticut Humanities

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center has received a $9,990 capacity-building grant from Connecticut Humanities (CTH) to help pay for visitor research during 2019. The project launched in mid-March, with leadership training provided by Aurora Consulting, Minneapolis, Minn., experts in museum audience research and analysis. Through the year-long project, KTM&HC’s leadership, staff and volunteers will gain a better understanding of … read more

Keeler Tavern, library present ‘A Revolution of Her Own!’

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center and the Ridgefield Library are jointly presenting “A Revolution of Her Own!” —a one-woman performance of the life of Deborah Sampson by History At Play, a living history performance company that tells the stories of influential but oft-forgotten women. The performance will take place on Sunday, March 24, … read more

Keeler Tavern Museum to celebrate Black History Month with gospel music troupe Sunday

In celebration and honor of Black History Month, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center will host an afternoon of gospel music with Spirit of Unity on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. The troupe is an interfaith performing arts group involving multiple denominations, cultures and races. Their common motivation is they love to sing inspirational songs from their ministry of … read more

Keeler Tavern Museum to raise money for 18th century chair restoration

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center is raising money to restore an early 18th century painted banister back side chair that is on display in the Hoyt Parlor, which is the earliest room in the historic tavern and interprets the lives of the original builder and first resident, Benjamin Hoyt, and his family. The museum will be participating in … read more

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