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Tuesday, April 24 News

Fairfield Museum announces spring events

The Fairfield Museum and History Center has several events planned in May and June.

The Great Letterboxing History Hunt will be held through Sunday, May 18. Letterboxing, which originated in England in the 1850s, is an outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art, and puzzle-solving in a treasure-hunt style quest. Eight Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to create the Great Letterboxing History Hunt, a self-guided, family activity culminating with a festive family get-together and concluding celebration Sunday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton. Visit http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/Letterboxing-Clues1.pdf for a link to the clues for each of the eight towns.

In "Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America," on Tuesday, May 20, Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward discusses Connecticut residents who left the state at the turn of the 18th century and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut character. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the museum, 370 Beach Road, and is free.

The seventh annual Memorial Day Community Picnic will be held Monday, May 26 from noon to 4 p.m. on Town Hall Green. The community is invited to bring family and friends, blankets and picnic baskets to extend the festivities at the Fairfield museum after the town parade. There will be music and activities in partnership with the YMCA.

Tours of the 1750 Ogden House and gardens, 1520 Bronson Road, will be conducted on Sundays from June 1 through Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Docent-led tours show how people lived in the 18th century. Tours are $3; free for museum members.

On Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Fairfield Museum and History Center and the 1750 Ogden House will offer free admission as part of Connecticut Open House Day, a statewide celebration of Connecticut's art, history and cultural treasures.

For more information on any museum programs, visit www.fairfieldhistory.org or call 203 259-1598.