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Exhibit: Summering with the Gilberts

Leisure & Labor in the Early 20th Century

May 26 – November 30, 2023 · 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gilbert Wing of Keeler Tavern Museum

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Extended through November!

The Gilbert family often "summered" in Ridgefield up until Thanksgiving . . . so we're following suit and extending this popular exhibition!

Summering with the Gilberts explores life at the “Cannon Ball House” – so-called by the Gilbert family – in the early 20th century, with a focus on both the Gilbert family members and the staff, who were the driving force behind the home’s operations.

Discover details about Cass Gilbert’s reputation as an architect and Julia Gilbert’s role as a “society wife”; get glimpses into how the Gilberts relaxed and entertained; learn more about the immigrant experience in Ridgefield, brought to life through compelling photography by Joseph Hartmann.

A highlight of the exhibition is the reinterpretation of the butler’s pantry in the Gilbert Wing – long used to house the museum’s gift shop, the space is currently undergoing a transformation. New layout and objects will more accurately recreate the historic details of the pantry and help tell the stories of the home’s staff.

Summering with the Gilberts: Leisure & Labor in the Early 20th Century is included in the price of site admission.

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