P.T. Barnum is a Connecticut icon and the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport Connecticut is a treasure trove of P.T. Barnum collections, memorabilia and much more.
The Barnum Museum is making plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Fairy Wedding, an event that captured the nation’s heart when celebrities in Barnum’s circus, Tom Thumb and his bride, Lavinia Warren tied the knot amid great fanfare.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the lunchtime lecture from 12:15 – 1 p.m. The Barnum Museum will offer a Sneak Peek of tiny garments belonging to this famous couple.
This informal show and tell discussion will feature fascinating, rarely seen items from the museum’s collection, presented by the museum’s Collections Manager, Adrienne Saint-Pierre and the Registrar, Melissa Houston.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren’s marriage on February 10, 1863 and popularly known as The Fairy Wedding, the topic will be the tiny garments and accessories worn by the bride and groom.
During this program, Saint-Pierre will show the orange blossom bridal wreath, ermine cape, and the groom’s embroidered silk vest, among other unique items. The tiny celebrity couple had a big impact on American popular culture, and achieved international fame during their travels around the world. At the time of their marriage, Tom Thumb, whose real name was Charles Stratton, was 36” tall and Lavinia Warren was just 30”.
The museum suggests a $2 donation for Sneak Peek program.
To learn more about The Barnum Museum’s current Recovery in Action exhibition and programs visit: www.barnum-museum.org or call 203-331-1104. You can also visit them on Facebook, view past programs at www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com.