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Tuesday Talk: “P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon”

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Kathleen Maher will offer her recognized authoritative knowledge to explore “P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the Legend.”

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September 29, 4:00 pm. Executive Director of the Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT, for 22 years, Kathleen Maher will offer her recognized authoritative knowledge to explore “P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the Legend.” How much of a beguiling con artist was this vibrant character? Was he just all show biz? Maher will lead us as well from Barnum’s 19th century journey to the present museum and the role she played in saving it from the an EF1 tornado and both Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy. The museum has become a global model for disaster recovery, resilient and re-envisioning by integrating history, the arts, storytelling, science and technology.

Ventfort Hall has a strict no-refund policy and tickets are nontransferable. Please ensure you have a strong internet connection and access to Zoom before purchasing tickets.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as an important partner of the Lenox Cultural District, one of the five such Berkshire County districts, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum was built in 1893 for George and Sarah Morgan, the sister of legendary financier J. Pierpont Morgan. Tours of the historic mansion are offered daily, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions as the Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage” is open to the public year-round and is available for private rental. Ventfort Hall, also an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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