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Beardsley Zoo Poem
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Beardsley Zoo Poem

Gray pigeons and squirrels trouble a leafless suburban street,chattering past gas stations and forgotten hopes, while gray people slouch in gloveless poverty, grime-spattered jalopies clattering through colorless slop.   But some children remember that on the pine hill, hidden from the gray houses live yellow monkeys, screaming cosmic glee amidst make-believe jungles, that down the street live ...

Merritt Canteen

 When the Merritt Parkway first opened all the way to the Housatonic River in 1940, it was immediately considered one of the most beautiful roads in the United States.  Horse and buggies, bicycles, and pedestrians were banned; this was a tribute to the new road ...

January 05, 2012
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

Palace and Majestic Theaters

Laurel and Hardy's comic antics in "Way Out West," was being viewed by hundreds of area residents the summer of 1937. Since the theaters opened to the public in 1922, the grand building in downtown Bridgeport became the place to be seen.  By 1939, the Majestic ...

January 04, 2011
The Legend of Pleasure Beach
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The Legend of Pleasure Beach

By Eric D. Lehman  When the growing city of Bridgeport annexed the borough of West Stratford in 1889, it included a triangular island of thirty-seven acres which would become the stuff of legends in Bridgeport history. Playing up the legend that Captain Kidd had buried treasure on ...

February 09, 2011