The Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets the history of Danbury, CT. This historical society evolved out of efforts to preserve endangered historic properties in Danbury. It all started in 1941, when one of the city's oldest structures was almost torn down to make way for a gas station. Thanks to concerned citizens, the Rider House on Main Street was saved after enough money was raised to purchase the property. The Danbury Historical and Arts Center was then born!
In 1947, a merger between the Scott-Fanton Museum and the Danbury Historical and Arts Center saw the creation of the Danbury Scott Fanton Museum & Historical Society Inc. During the 1950's and 60's, the historical society acquired several more historical places including the John Dodd Shop, the Ward House, the Charles Ives birthplace, two one room schoolhouses.
The new mellenium brought more change for the historical society. In 2004, the Marian Anderson Studio, where the famed opera singer lived for 50 years, was added to our historical collection. Restoration of the studio was completed in early 2004. In 2008, the merger of the Danbury Scott Fanton Museum with the City of Danbury brought the historical society to its current entity... The Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority!
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Danbury Museum and Historical Society preserves many
historical places including the John and Mary Rider House, the
Marian Anderson Studio, the old King Street Schoolhouse, the Little
Red Schoolhouse and the Charles Ives Birthplace. Huntington Hall, a
modem exhibit building, contains the museum offices and a research
library. Our museum tours of these places
makes Danbury one of the best places to
Danbury has also become one of the best places to visit due to its history in the American Revolution. It is also the birthplace of hatting and was once known as the "The Hat Capital of the World." It is also home to the Danbury Fair, as well as the home of many famous Danburians like Marian Anderson, Charles Ives, and Rose Wilder Lane. Famed opera singer Marian Anderson lived in Danbury for over 50 years.
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Appointments can be made for guided museum tours. There are
several exhibits and activities in Huntington Hall. All of
this has made Danbury one of the best places in to visit in
CT. Come down and see what our museum has to offer!
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The Danbury Museum and Historical Society is a private museum located in Danbury, Connecticut - the purpose of which is to acquire, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the heritage of Danbury History for education, information, and research.
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