The Barnes Museum is pleased to offer a growing selection of highly researched and engaging outreach presentations for libraries and other community groups.
Presentations can be either in-person or virtual for a fee of $150.00.
To schedule a presentation or to learn more, please contact the Barnes Museum at TheBarnesMuseum@southington.org or
The Gilded Age
The Gilded Age is regarded as the golden era of booming economies, rapid scientific and technological advancement, strict social etiquette for some, and the ushering-in of the Progressive Era, defined by years of push for social, political, and cultural reform. The Barnes Museum reflects these themes on a local and state level utilizing diary entries, art, artifacts, and techonology found within the museum's collection.
Pressed American Glass
Early American Pressed Glass, often known as "pattern glass," "pressed glass," or Victorian glass, was created exclusively in America between 1840-1910 in goblets and "sets" with all of the pieces in complementary designs. Many Americans became enamored with early design patterns from the Colonial period in the late nineteenth century, and a new hobby emerged. Bradley Barnes began collecting goblets in the late 1930s. Initially his collection grew from approximately 300 goblets in 1940 to the over 1,000 stored within the museum today.