|Posted by Jenny Dressel on June 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
My name is Jenny and I'm the education intern here at the Barnum Museum. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to share with you artifacts and documents that I find interesting. Right now, I am particularly enthralled by a program and photographs from the Bridgeport High School graduation in 1889. Now, 125 years later, we can put some evidence side by side and get a good look at how drastically everything has changed (except for maybe the hair).
Here's a sneak peak of some awesome documents we have from the BHS graduation in '89!
|Posted by Ashley Beal on June 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
I am back again. As of now, I chose some interesting topics for my characters. Mr. P.T. Barnum will be discussing advertising and the best way to sell things. He may even give tips on how to advertise. Mr. General Tom Thumb will be focusing more on his wife with his wedding being the topic for him. He wife will be introduced more, so people can get a better glimpse into her life as well. And for Mrs. Jenny Lind, she will demonstrate how to act at a ball and what to wear. She may even throw in a little music for all the Opera lovers.
The research for information on this topics has been quite fun. I have learned some interesting things as well as seen some interesting things. For example, I was able to see Tom and Lavinia’s wedding cake giving out to the guest of the wedding. I hope as I continue, I will find more interesting things to learn.
So I have been thinking and looking around for a pet artifact and I think I found what it may be. My first choice was the mummy which isn’t on site and it already has tons of information, the centaur already has tons of information so that was out. I have come to the conclusion that my pet artifact is….find out next week when I go into more details about it.
Don’t forget Barnum’s Birthday is coming up. He will be 204 years old. He’s such an old man. : )
Until next time.
|Posted by Ashley Beal on June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
I am Ashley Beal the Social Media intern for the summer of 2014. With it only being my first week (Wednesday and Thursday), I have already been hit with a lot of information. This isn’t in a bad way, but pretty much in a good way. I never knew Bridgeport, Ct had so much history. With it only being the first week, I already know that much more than before. I just want to go out and advertise like Barnum to get the city to understand how important the museum is and how rich our history really is. So far I have found countless amounts of information on Tom Thumb, P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind, which I will use to write facebook posts about them in the following weeks to come. The themes I have chosen are pretty interesting, so I hope the rest think so as well. I think the only problem I am going to have is keeping myself on track, because I seem to find one thing and then go off on a tangent looking at something else that relates but isn’t as important. I mean who won’t, when there is countless information and the majority of it is quite interesting? The rest of the weeks will be filled with fun as well as informative tasks.
The other project I will enjoy is cataloging the items donated to the museum. It is more of a hands-on type of project and I get to engage with the items and learn more about Bridgeport as well as Tom Thumb, P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind. Well the first week has been a blast so far, can’t wait for the rest. Stay tuned for the rest of my adventures I will encounter while interning.
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on August 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on August 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
P.T. Barnum traveled the world, and on one of his trips he happend to land in Paris. While in France he atteneded the auction of a deceased Russian prince's belongings and decided to partake in the bidding. The prince had unfortunately put his "Coat of Arms" on many of the items that were to be auctioned off, and due to this, no one was buying them. Luckily for Barnum, he was facinated by the china set and successfully bought them. By doing so, Barnum "adopted" the deceased Russian prince's "Coat of Arms".
For the past two weeks I have been on a mission to find out more information on the deceased Russian prince and/or his family. Why would Barnum want another "Coat of Arms" when there is already a "Barnum Coat of Arms"? It's a very interesting story, and one that I plan to get to the bottom of. But first, anyone fancy a cup of tea?
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on July 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
P.T. Barnum’s second wife, Nancy Fish, donated Pa-Ib, a 4000-year-old Egyptian mummy, to the museum on August 15, 1894. We recently received over 200 high-resolution images of Pa-Ib and the sarcophagus, which were taken by the folks over at Yale. It is amazing to see, in great detail, all the different features and elements of the mummy.
My job was to go through these 200 images and pick out about 30 that summarized the entire experience as a whole. After numerous painstaking hours (total exaggeration), we picked the best 32 photos that we believed represented Pa-Ib and her journey. Here is one of my favorite photos of Pa-Ib.
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on July 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Happy Belated 4th of July to everyone! Due to the holiday, there was not a lot going on at the Museum this week, however, today is a very special day! Born on July 5th, 1810, P. T. Barnum turns 203 years old today! Although he doesn't look a day over 107....
Barnum was born in the small town of Bethel and slowly but surely grew up and became the man that we all know today. Without many of his accomplishments, and yes failures, i am sure that life as we know it would be very different.
So from all of us here at the P. T. Barnum Museum, we wish you Happy Birthday Mr. Barnum!
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on June 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
This week the Barnum Museum team welcomed two new faces for a few days. With open arms, the Museum welcomed Kasey Grier and Neil Harris; both are here to help with a special project.
Kasey Grier is the Director of Museum Studies at the University of Delaware and Neil Harris is Professor Emeritus of History and Art History at the University of Chicago. Neil is also the author of the definitive biography of P. T. Barnum, “Humbug: The Art of P. T. Barnum”.
Kasey and Neil are working with the Barnum Museum to help with the “NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Grant” for the digitization of the core Barnum collection. They are here to help with the first phase of the process, which is to determine the most significant artifacts and archival items to digitize for the museum. With the help of myself, Adrienne Saint-Pierre (Collection’s Manager) and Melissa Houston (Registrar), Kasey and Neil dove into the collection.
It was an interesting experience to work with Kasey and Neil, two very knowledgeable people, and I learned a great deal by working with them. And of course, no week would be complete without a little work with the inventory…but I won’t get into that again. Until we meet again!
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on June 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
This past week has been packed with tasks, both small and large. Ranging from the inventory of more stacks, to researching facts for future tweets. At any point throughout the past few days, there have been multiple people doing multiple things. The tasks I have been working on include aiding in the inventory of Stack 13, finding some good ideas to tweet, researching circus performers and organizing the dreaded Mummy folder.
Stack 13 is filled with more items and artifacts from Bridgeport, yet more importantly many of the items have to do with “The Barnum Institute of Science and History”. There are a lot of documents pertaining to the members of the Institute and also documents detailing different events and happenings that took place at the Institute.
One of my newer tasks has been to research “fun-facts” about Barnum and about his life, and put them into 160 character phrases for twitter. This is a lot harder than it looks because all of Barnum’s stories and such are very long. We have a book in the back room with hundreds of stories that Barnum wrote down, and most of them are very funny, however they are just impossible to condense.
Two of the other tasks I have undertaken are organizing the Mummy folder, along with researching circus people that performed in Barnum’s circuses. There is a lot of stuff happening in the museum, a lot of juggling of projects and multitasking. But that just makes everything so much more interesting, there have been a multitude of times where I have worked on a few items at the same time, and somehow ended connecting them all together. That’s part of the magic of working in a museum, especially one dedicated to Barnum.
|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on June 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Week four has come to a very soggy end, however it has been unbelievably educational as well. This week I focused on inventory, mainly on that of the shelving units located in our back office. There are 15 shelving units, each with 4 or 5 shelves on them, and on each of those shelves there are boxes upon boxes of different items. My task has been to help the staff locate all these items, figure out where they are supposed to be, and update the inventory list with what is missing or has been moved.
Needless to say, it is a very hard process. Each box can have anywhere from 10 pieces of silverware, to 200 individual photographs, and it is our job to go though each and every item and make sure it is in it’s right place. At times it almost felt that the shelving units had it out for us, there were so many of them. The unit I was working with yesterday was dedicated to Bridgeport, CT. Two of the shelves were filled with items made in Bridgeport that could be found in homes anywhere from 50-150 years ago. These items consisted of old “Underwood” typewriters, “G.E.” toasters and even a fluting iron. The other shelves on this unit contained boxes of old sewing machine parts, photographs of the “Wheeler & Wilson” sewing company, along with some pictures of historic Bridgeport.
It is definitely an experience working with all of these historic items, creating an inventory, just going through them all and realizing that people took these pictures or used these machines, decades ago. It is a feeling that I won't forget. 'Till next week!