BHC Special Events

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History of the Bridgeport Fire Department

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Special Events

Bridgeport Fireman Robert Novak discusses the history of the Fire Department from 1790 to the present day, including famous fires such as the Great Fire of 1845, the F. Wood Carriage Company fire of 1865, the Barnum Circus Winter Quarters fire of 1887, the Ice House fire of 1939 and Remington Explosion of 1942 and more recent events.

BHC Events & Regular Monthly Programming

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Genealogy Roundtable

Thursday, February 18, 2016

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Monthly Programming

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Memoir Writing Class

Saturday, February 20 - February 21, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

BHC Events

Genealogy
Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Tuesday, February 23 - February 24, 2016

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

BHC Events

Genealogy-Day-Family-Tree-WIDER
Genealogy Roundtable

Thursday, March 17, 2016

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Monthly Programming

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Memoir Writing Class

Saturday, March 19 - March 20, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

BHC Events

Genealogy
Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Tuesday, March 22 - March 23, 2016

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

BHC Events

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Memoir Writing Class

Saturday, April 16 - April 17, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

BHC Events

BHC Exhibits

No Events
Heroes and Villains
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President Kennedy in Bridgeport November 5, 1960

The crowd of 6,000 came to see then Senator John F. Kennedy.  The crowd,as estimated by Superintendent of Police Francis J. Shanley, cheered when Kennedy said that Connecticut was a key state in the election.

“The nation will have its eyes on Connecticut,” Kennedy told the crowd.

Films

Barnum Festival Parade, 1956

Bridgeport at War
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Strikes for the Eight-Hour Day in Summer 1915 Bridgeport

by Cecelia Bucki, Professor of History, Fairfield University

On Monday, August 16, 1915, one thousand women corset workers struck the Warner Corset Company, demanding the eight-hour day, elimination of fines and other work rules, and recognition of their union shop committee. “Chaos reigned in manufacturing circles,” declared the Bridgeport Herald as other unskilled and semi-skilled workers struck the city’s factories, garment shops, foundries, rubber works, and laundries, all demanding the eight-hour day, pay raises, and union recognition.

Architecture
Jose DeRivera

Jose DeRivera

Most residents of Connecticut, when considering who were the earliest immigrants to this State naturally think mostly of the European countries.  If you asked anyone when the first Puerto Rican immigrant came to Connecticut, they would say, ” probably the 1950’s.”

Bridgeport at Work
Art Selleck center, Putnam Street Firehouse 1953

Art Selleck: A Tribute to a Fireman Historian 1920-2004

Arthur “Art” H. Selleck was born in Bridgeport in 1920, living there for five years before moving to Nichols. He attended Harding High School in the Park City,  since Trumbull had no High School at the time.  He would later recall witnessing a house fire as a youth in Nichols,

Women
Warner Brothers factory, Bridgeport Connecticut

The Warner Brothers and their Amazing Corsets

As doctors in the late 1800s, brothers Dr. Lucien and Ira De Ver Warner became concerned with the use of the corset in women’s fashion.  The corset was a piece of underclothing meant to give women an “hourglass” figure desirable at the time. 

African American Heritage
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Black Bridgeporters

by Michelle Black Smith

In 1977, a dedicated group of African American teachers decided to record the history of Black Bridgeporters in the residents’ own words. The Afro-American Education Association (hereafter AAEA) petitioned the CT Humanities Council for funds and technical support. The introduction to the AAEA recorded history states “This project is a study of the changes in Bridgeport neighborhoods from the viewpoint of selected Black residents during the historical periods of World War I, the Depression, World War II, and the 1960’s.”

Maritime
Kate Moore

Kathleen Moore

 1812-1899

The story of Kate Moore, the lighthouse keeper who kept the lights aglow in Black Rock Harbor is a wonderful tale of the sea of long ago.

In 1817, Captain Stephen Moore was injured while unloading goods from a ship.  Stephen then applied for a job through the United States Lighthouse service as a lighthouse keeper. He was given the position as the Keeper of the Fayerweather Lighthouse.