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Art Young, Radical Cartoonist

September 19, 2019 • Bethel, Arts, Popular Culture, Social Movements

One of the more controversial cartoonists of the early 20th century, Art Young lived much of his life in Bethel. Residents later founded the Art Young Gallery in his memory.


The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. Miss Rose Meers, the Greatest living lady rider

P. T. Barnum: An Entertaining Life

Once declared “the most widely known American that ever lived,” this showman’s life story is as colorful as the entertainments he provided to curiosity seekers in the mid-1800s.


The Burning of Danbury

In April of 1777, British forces under Major General William Tryon led a raid on patriot supplies stored in Danbury, Connecticut.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Bethel

Map – Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Bethel, Fairfield County

November 16, 2014 • Bethel, Environment

Developed in Europe in the late 1700s, fire insurance maps…


Over Time: Bethel’s Historical Population

June 9, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Bethel

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


Early letter penned by P.T. Barnum referencing his lottery

P. T. Barnum’s Lottery

Known for entertainment, this showman gained experience in engaging the public, and profiting from it, by running a lottery in Bethel.


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