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Fairfield Museum Renovates Cottage, Thanks To Rotary Funds

From left, George Markley of the Fairfield Rotary Club, Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum, Sharon Lauer, president of the Fairfield Museum board, and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau.
From left, George Markley of the Fairfield Rotary Club, Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum, Sharon Lauer, president of the Fairfield Museum board, and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Museum will renovate its 1888 Victorian Cottage thanks to a grant for $75,000 awarded from the Fairfield Rotary Foundation.

A check was presented to the museum's executive director, Michael Jehle, during a ceremony at Brooklawn Country Club on Sept. 26.

“Fairfield Museum is tremendously grateful for this historic contribution from the Fairfield Rotary Foundation that will allow us to complete new children’s exhibits in the historic Victorian Cottage,” said Jehle. “Given to commemorate the town of Fairfield’s 375th anniversary, and the Fairfield Rotary Club’s 75th anniversary, these grant funds will benefit the educational and cultural life of our community for generations to come.”

The $75,000 grant is for the renovation of the interior of the Victorian Cottage and construction of an education center for children and families.

The unique space will become a destination for young visitors to view and experience hands-on activities and displays teaching good citizenship and offering historical perspectives on the town of Fairfield.

Expected to open in the summer of 2017, exhibits in the Victorian Cottage will encourage children to explore their community resources and what it means to be a good citizen.

Through building blocks on interactive maps, fishing among the area's waters for natural resources and playfully encouraging economic understanding through "history tourism,” the Victorian Cottage uses fun interactives to encourage children to make connections between the diverse stories of people who have helped create the community and their own lives, according to a release from the Fairfield Museum.

The Victorian Cottage sits on the historic Town Green behind the museum.

The Fairfield Museum is at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Admission is free for members and children ages 5 and younger; $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/students.

For additional information, visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.

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