Join Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center on Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. for a virtual presentation and discussion with Dr. Leslie Lindenauer, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University, and Shannon Burke, interpretive consultant at KTM&HC.
This free program, open to all, provides an opportunity for the public to learn, ask questions, and make suggestions about our museum's site history and future possibilities for interpretation.
Last year, KTM&HC commissioned Dr. Lindenauer to research and write a site history of our museum: a report that, in her words, focusing on "how to capitalize more intentionally on the rich history that Keeler Tavern Museum is a steward of; to suggest a pivot in the narrative that overlays key themes onto that history; to lean into the history that is difficult or uncomfortable to address; and to promote the Museum’s stories in ways that help the community to identify fruitful links between the past and present." At this program, Dr. Lindenauer will present her findings, followed by a Q&A with the audience that will be moderated by Ms. Burke.
This community conversation is part of KTM&HC's NEH-funded reinterpretation project, which seeks to develop a more inclusive interpretive plan for the museum, focused on themes of American identity and memory. Executive Director Hildegard Grob encouraged broad community participation: “Whether you’re deeply familiar with KTM&HC or have never visited, whether you’re local or live far away, we invite you to learn about the museum’s history and join the discussion, helping us chart a path for future interpretive and programmatic choices that resonate with our audiences.”
“Community Conversation: KTM&HC’s Site History” is a free virtual program, and registration is required. Register on our website at www.keelertavernmuseum.org/events.