NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Museum has a new
exhibition, “Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square” that runs through Feb. 28, 2014 at 114 Whitney Ave.
The exhibit "offers an in-depth and often personal view of the neighborhood's 18th
beginnings, the evolution of industry and the arrival of immigrants, the effect
of urban renewal, and the impact of historic preservation," the release said.
incorporates more than 200 objects from the Museum’s photo, manuscript, and
fine and decorative arts collections, multimedia presentations, products
manufactured in New Haven, and family treasures contributed by neighborhood
residents and local historical societies."
"'Beyond the New Township’ integrates
all of what we find fascinating about Wooster Square by combining some of the
latest technology, for example, iPads and QR codes, with what may be the
most extensive use of the New Haven Museum’s collections to date,” New Haven
Museum Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky said, also in the release.
The exhibit is the museum’s "most family-friendly" to date,"encouraging intergenerational activities through a family
guide, a puzzle depicting the people, products, and production of The New Haven
Clock Company, and an interactive board about Mix’s Museum—a treasury of
“natural and artificial curiosities” at the east end of Court Street in the
"A number of related activities—lectures,
neighborhood tours and special events —will take place throughout the
exhibition. Through multidisciplinary school programs, schoolchildren and
teachers will use primary sources such as maps, business records, trade cards
and other original materials to understand how the neighborhood grew and
“One of our goals was
to challenge visitors to ponder the question: Where is Wooster Square?,” Tockarshewsky said in the release. “They’ll see how planners carved out the boundaries of the
neighborhood versus how the area’s residents identified themselves and their
neighborhood by the block where they grew up or worked. They’ll also see how
dramatically the topography changed with the growth of industry and
construction of highways, as waterfront areas were infilled.”
Exhibition hours: The New Haven
Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, from
12 noon to 5 pm. This summer, the Museum is also open free of charge on
first and third Sundays of July and August.
$4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students (age 12+), children free.
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In photo: New Haven Bread
Company, photograph, circa 1917. Collection of the New Haven Museum
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