Thoughts, musings, events, conservation treatments, fundraising updates, and all else that the staff experiences! Including behind-the-scenes observations from interns and photographs from the Museum's collection.
|Posted by Ashley Beal on August 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM||comments ()|
This week has been filled with information but it is also bittersweet. My internship is almost over. But the least I can say is I got a significant amount of work done. I am almost done and should be done by the time everything is all over.
The topic of discussion this week is going to a customer party and dressing up in clothing from the 19th century. There were some pretty looking dresses back then that I would love to wear to a party or ball. The fashion back in the days were so muc...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on August 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM||comments ()|
This week was filled with excitement. I gave my first tour with an echo student, to two gentlemen. One came to the museum when he was a child and the other never been here before. At the end of the tour, they told us we did a good job. I felt proud that I was able to give a tour to someone and they learn something from it. It was kind of freaky how much information I actually knew on the collection. I guess I am retaining the information I am giving about Barnum and the others. Another exciti...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on August 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM||comments ()|
I’m back and with great news. Well first, my rant about the see through shirts was based off a book I was reading. It doesn’t pertain to Barnum at all. Lol. But to the real news, History Pin is up and running. I think everyone should trek on over and see what Bridgeport used to like look. It was an awesome project to work on and it shall only get better from here. Check out History Pin today!!
In other great news, I have started my research on the miniature circus, so the e...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on July 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM||comments ()|
The way Barnum advertises is one of a kind. I have found some interesting advertising he had done in old Bridgeport newspapers. I actually like the way in which he advertised. I mean at times he was extending the truth, but for the most part he was using vivid and action words to lure the people in going. And to what we all know he must have done a very good job if he could build three houses. Barnum was a business man. He was about his money.
Now to jump to another topic, I have been ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on July 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM||comments ()|
I’m back and with some awesome news, but first a review of my internship so far. It has been quite awesome. I’ve been able to interact with the collection, learn more about Bridgeport and more about Barnum and his humbugs. I also learned some museum ways, like how to hold and clean off an item. Also, I learned how to catalog an item based off the museum system. There has been a lot to take in, but it is all worth it. I’m happy I am able to intern here because I was able to f...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jenny Dressel on July 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM||comments ()|
Okay, everyone! This is the moment I'm sure everyone has been waiting for with bated breath. Here are some amazing photographs of some of the young ladies who graduated with the Bridgeport High School class of 1889. The fashion is truly something to behold and would hardly be seen today, especially considering the heat. High collars and perfectly coifed hair was popular. Apparently poofy bangs are a popular fad that skips from century to century. Most of these gi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on July 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM||comments ()|
Well hello. Hope everyone’s Fourth of July was awesome despite the rain.
My new favorite thing to do right now is History Pin. History Pin is a site where one can post pictures, videos and audio to the location it came from. Looking at all the other pins and videos gave me a great idea to put together a small video of the Barnum museum and its exhibits to give people a closer look at what they may find. Lately, I been looking up pictures on postcards from the past and posting th...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on July 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM||comments ()|
My week was cut short because I was ill for numerous days. I am well and ready to get back into my research. I miss the dedication of the stamp that occurred yesterday, but I heard it was a successful event and that everyone loved it.
I am proud to announce my first pin has been pinned on HistoryPin. It is a picture of the inside of the Pleasure Beach Ballroom. It was a tedious yet fun experience. There were a lot of little details to figure out, but the research was quite awesome and...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Ashley Beal on July 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM||comments ()|
So I am a little late on this post, but the past week has been filled with so much excitement. I know I’m suppose to tell you about my pet artifact, but I have to put that on hold so I can tell you want happen. Pleasure Beach was reopened; so much of my attention was on that and finding more information. I started History Pin up and my first pin was the Steeplechase ballroom on Pleasure Beach. The hard part about the ballroom is that there is absolutely no information on the ballroom. I...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jenny Dressel on June 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM||comments ()|
Yesterday we trekked to the Brigeport Library to look at old newspapers on the microfiches. Ashley and I found some amazing ads and articles but I was mostly concerned with any news about the Bridgeport High School graduation on 24 June 1889. The Bridgeport Daily Standard advertised the graduation on 22 June in the Entertainment section. Tickets were only 25 cents and open to anyone.
The d...Read Full Post »