Fairfield County Bank donated $5,000 to the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) to go towards funding their educational programs.
The donation will be an education grant, directly supporting transportation and educational programs for students in Danbury and Bridgeport. The school programs are led by experienced docents, either on-site or virtually, taking students back through time to relive historical events and be introduced to the history of the United States.
“We are proud to be a part of providing the unique educational opportunities to so many students that the KTM&HC offers. The students are able to experience history first-hand and form a personal connection with events that took place in their backyard.” said Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President at Fairfield County Bank and member of KTM&HC Board of Trustees.
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center believes in equitable access to all programs. KTM&HC offers their educational programming at no cost to students from Title 1 districts in Connecticut, including Danbury and Bridgeport. For the 2021-2022 school year, almost 500 students took advantage of this initiative, through virtual, outreach, and onsite programming. All school programs include curriculum-aligned opportunities for students in pre-K through high school to learn more about the history of the site, our region, and our country, and to make past-to-present connections about important issues.
"The generous donation from Fairfield County Bank will help KTM&HC fulfill its mission to make our school programs accessible to all students” said KTM&HC’s Director of Education, Melissa Houston. “Fostering a love of history through immersive museum experiences should never be limited by a district's resources. With this donation we can continue to offer meaningful field trips and programs to schools in Fairfield County including Danbury schools such as Shelter Rock Elementary School and Hayestown Elementary School."
The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center is dedicated to assisting visitors, students, and scholars in understanding significant lives and events during the site’s 300-year history. By preserving and protecting the museum’s physical and intellectual assets, the Keeler Tavern shares them with the widest possible audience, whether on their campus or through outreach programs.
Photographed, from left to right: Steve Wooters, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Fairfield County Bank. Katie Burton, Head of Communications and Grants, Keeler Tavern. Hildegard Grob, Executive Director, Keeler Tavern.