Currently on Display at the BHC

The BHC maintains an exhibition area on the third floor of the Burroughs-Saden Library.  Please stop by and take a look.

World War One:  Posters and Images from the Home Front  

WWI Propaganda posters and advertisements for War Savings Stamps and Liberty Bonds.  Featured images from a BHC WW I photo collection showing the City’s men, women, and children engaged in war-related activities such as maneuvers, bond sales, and parades.

Changing Urban Landscape and Bridgeport’s Collective Memory 

A display of panels with a collection of images from the History Center depicting downtown sites from “then and now” as well as Bridgeporters engaged in shared experiences such as shopping or seeking entertainment.

 As Time Goes By:  A Chronology of Bridgeport Events from its Founding  to 1935

A visual time line highlighting key Bridgeport events, people, and facts researched and designed by Librarian Stephen Kwasnik and executed by local Bridgeport artists with many photos and graphics from the History Center.

Online from the BHC: Digital Collections

The BHC maintains a variety of online sources related to the department’s holdings. Please check this site for links to online exhibits from the BHC.

Oral Histories – Bridgeport Working: Voices from the Twentieth Century
Currently available, full audio and full transcripts with chapters: John Arcudi; Angela Baldino; Hillard Bloom; Frank Bridgeforth; Richard Fewell; Emmett Johnson; Elizabeth Josephson; David Kelly; Helen Mensch-Mott; Edna Smith

Oral Histories – Bridgeport Cultural Arts Center
Full audio and transcripts: Michelle Black-Smith Tompkins; Ralph Williams; Yohuru Williams; Wendy Bridgeforth; Richard Stamats; Cyril Lamont Williams; Teddy Daniel Gardner; Lucinda Anderson; Patricia Carey; Ryan Grant

The Postcard Collection: Vintage Views of Bridgeport
Hundreds of postcards from the Bridgeport History Center’s collections

Civil War Sketchbook: Connecticut’s 8th Volunteer Regiment and the Burnside Expedition
Watercolor, pencil, and ink depictions of General Burnside’s expedition in North Carolina, 1861-62, by eyewitness Corporal Joseph Shadek, CV8th, Company A.

“Barnum and London” Circus Poster Collection
Posters produced for the Barnum and London Circus by the Strobridge Lithograph Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1882-1885.

The World War One Collection: Bridgeport during WWI
Photographs taken on the home front in Bridgeport during the WWI era. Subject areas include liberty bonds, military exercises, parades and more.

Bridgeport Public Library: Images Across the Years
A collection of exterior and interior photographs of the various Bridgeport Public Library buildings over the years.

Bicycle Clubs in Bridgeport: Rolling with the Times
At the turn of the last Century, there were several bicycle clubs in Bridgeport. These groups took outings to city parks and the surrounding countryside. Here are some images of the members and their equipment.