Barnum’s Bridgeport

Beardsley Park and Zoo
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Beardsley Park and Zoo

Beardsley Park :"A Place that Would Always be Theirs" By Eric D. Lehman After the success of Seaside Park, Bridgeport was ready to put aside more land for the enjoyment and refreshment of its citizens. When wealthy cattle baron James W. Beardsley donated over one hundred acres ...

September 09, 2010

Bibliography and Sources: P.T. Barnum

Struggles and triumphs, or, Forty years' recollections of P. T. Barnum.  Written by himself.  Author's edition. (Biography complete to April, 1871.)  New York:  American News Company, 1871. vii, 856 p. illus. 20 cm. The life of P. T. Barnum.  Written by himself, including his golden rules ...

March 09, 2011

Bibliography: Tom Thumb /Charles Stratton

Charles Stratton "Have you seen Tom Thumb?", by Mabel Leigh Hunt. Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg.  Philadelphia, New York:  Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1942. 259 p. incl. front. (port.) illus. 21 cm. Notes:  A biography of the midget entertainer who was a favorite attraction of the P.T. Barnum ...

March 09, 2011
Bridgeport Tornado of 1876
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Bridgeport Tornado of 1876

Bridgeport's 2010 tornado was not the first tornado the city ever had.  A tornado tore apart parts of Bridgeport and Stratford 136 years ago.  The storm had an eerie resemblance to our 2010 tornado, moving quickly and as suddenly as that storm hit and on a ...

November 30, 2013
Charles Stratton:  Tom Thumb
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Charles Stratton: Tom Thumb

By Eric D. Lehman A healthy child of over nine pounds, Charles Stratton was born in 1838 in north Bridgeport to a carpenter and a waitress. However, a faulty pituitary gland kept his growth slow. At age four, he was only twenty-five inches high, and would ...

February 01, 2011
Olympia Brown
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Olympia Brown

By Mary K. Witkowski Birth:  January 5, 1835, Prarie Ronde, Michigan Died:  October 23, 1926, Baltimore, Maryland August 18th, 1920.  Olympia Brown smiled to herself with satisfaction.  After working diligently for the rights of women since she was young, she could at last take a deep breath.  She ...

P.T. Barnum Research Collection
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P.T. Barnum Research Collection

Many items from the P.T. Barnum Research Collection are now available online! Thanks to generous funding from the NEH, researchers may access items from the History Center and Barnum Museum collections: Over a thousand items -- advertisements, books, magazines, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, prints, programs, records, ...

April 21, 2018
P.T. Barnum:  The Later Years
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P.T. Barnum: The Later Years

As a senior citizen, P.T. Barnum was a man who never stopped working.  He never really retired and he never took it easy. Barnum always found something new to work on.  His life in Bridgeport offered a busy schedule--traveling with the circus, serving with the State Legislature, ...

February 23, 2014

P.T.Barnum

1810-1891 Phineas Taylor Barnum (P.T. Barnum) was born in Bethel, Connecticut on July 5, 1810.  After a Connecticut boyhood, he became interested in entrepreneurial enterprises which included a variety of businesses, such as owning a newspaper, amusements, show business and other entertainment ideas.  He ran the ...

January 18, 2011
Pembroke City Historic District
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Pembroke City Historic District

By: Charles Brilvitch, Architectural Historian The Pembroke City Historic District is a 266-building Victorian residential neighborhood in a general two-block radius of Washington Park. Located on the east bank of the Pequonnock River opposite the city’s Downtown, the district is bounded on the North by Arctic ...

May 10, 2011