820 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-331-1104.
Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m.* - Barnum in the Batter's Box: The Showman's Role in Bringing Baseball to Bridgeport - Presented by Michael J. Bielawa. The name P. T. Barnum brings to mind the circus, yet Barnum had many careers and wide-ranging interests, including Mayor of Bridgeport. His efforts to bring new industries, such as clock and sewing machine manufacture, to develop the fledgling city brought about a surprising result: baseball teams. Some say Barnum loathed baseball, but perhaps that isn't quite correct. Enjoy the little known stories of early baseball teams in the Park City as baseball historian, author, and poet Michael Bielawa reveals a newly discovered facet of the showman's legacy to his adopted home town.Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Members and children under 12 are free.