#HandsOnHistory month at Keeler Tavern begins in October

#HandsOnHistory month returns at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center’s historic Carriage Barn, located at 132 Main Street. For a third year, Keeler Tavern is showcasing its extensive collection of tools from the late 18th to early 20th centuries in a special exhibition, Threading the Needle: From Field to Fabric, Oct. 6 to 24. Until the mid-19th Century and the … read more

Farmingville third grade teachers to receive Keeler award

The third grade team at Farmingville Elementary School (FES) will be honored with the Anna Keeler Award for Excellence in History and Civics Education at the Fall Party at Keeler Tavern on Saturday, Sept. 29. Established in 2015, the award recognizes teachers whose passion and dedication motivate students to understand how the past shapes the present and informs the future. … read more

Rotary announces 2018 community grant recipients

Thanks to the support of Ridgefielders, the Ridgefield Rotary has announced 15 organizations will receive grants totaling over $20,000. This is in addition to the recently awarded $10,000 RHS senior scholarship. Rotary is supporting the following organizations: Ann’s Place, Meals on Wheels, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Keeler Tavern, CHIRP, RVNA, the Aldrich Museum, Mamanasco Lake Improvement Fund, A Better … read more

Fairfield County Bank donates $5,000 to Keeler Tavern

Fairfield County Bank donated $5,000 to the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center (KTMHC) as an education grant supporting Fairfield County students. Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President of Fairfield County Bank and Chuck Woerner, Senior Vice President of Fairfield County Bank, presented the check. The donation will help fund transportation and full-day educational experiences for 300 students in the Danbury … read more

Keeler Tavern Museum to host World War I-themed ‘Family Day’ June 17

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, from noon to 4 p.m., Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC), 132 Main Street, will be hosting a free World War I-themed Family Day commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war. Visitors will meet historical WWI reenactors on the museum’s front lawn, including soldiers from both sides of the conflict, the … read more

Keeler Tavern’s Cannonball Challenge will help make museum a ‘history center’

“The battle was raging on Main Street,” said Hildegard Grob. “The British had set up their cannons …” Grob, executive director of the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, chose Friday, April 27 — the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield — to fire the opening shot of Keeler Tavern’s “cannonball challenge” capital fund-raising campaign. The goal is to … read more

Keeler Tavern launches ‘Cannonball Challenge’

“It’s our turn to make history!” That’s the claim the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center (KTMHC) is making as it continues fund-raising to adapt the brick building at 152 Main Street, originally designed as a memorial library for renowned architect Cass Gilbert’s papers, as the site’s first-ever Visitor Center. On Friday, April 27 — the 241st anniversary of the … read more

Keeler Tavern receives grant for collections

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center has secured a Collections Assessment for Preservation grant to hire two assessors with expertise to help review its plans for managing all its collections — buildings included. “Our objects, documents and even our buildings — including the ones we acquired in 2016 at 152 Main Street — comprise our collections,” said board president Hilary … read more

John Cilio to lecture on Lafayette Escadrille at Keeler Tavern April 15

The Keeler Tavern Museum. — Photo by Jack Sanders

Historian John Cilio will be presenting a lecture on the contributions of the American flyers of the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center (KTMHC). Admission is free. Mr. Cilio will present on how some Americans wanted to help France … read more