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Museum in the Streets Gets a Good Washing

On Thursday, July 28, the Ridgefield Historical Society team took to the streets to clean the Museum in the Streets historic plaques. And, unsurprisingly, a very good time was had by all.

On Thursday, July 28, the Ridgefield Historical Society team took to the streets, hijacking the Town’s golf cart and traveling the length of Main Street with soap, sponges, and plenty of water to clean the Museum in the Streets historic plaques.

The peripatetic cleaning crew was led by Molly McGeehin (right), Town of Ridgefield and Ridgefield Historical Society Treasurer, with sidekicks and interns, Elizabeth Jasminski and Francesco Carro. Elizabeth is the 2022 Goldstone Family Foundation intern and Francesco is the 2022 Georgianne Kasuli intern, both at the Historical Society.  Since interns cannot live on research, archiving, and marketing projects alone, the outdoor escapade was a welcome adventure with physical labor, close calls, and fun and frivolity on a steamy summer day. 

While not easily apparent to the layperson eye, the before and after appearance was quite significant.

In addition to cleaning the plaques, the team took before/after photos, identified plaques in need of repair, and is preparing a complete debrief on the experience.  Early feedback suggests that Molly McGeehin remain a regular at the wheel for decades to come.

The Museum in the Streets exhibit was installed in 2008, as part of the 300th Anniversary Celebration of the Town of Ridgefield, and features 32 stations sharing historic information and stories. In 2015, the Ridgefield Historical Society was selected to care for and maintain the exhibit. Maps and information on Museum in the Streets may be found right here. Printed brochures are available on the large plaque on Bailey Avenue outside of Books on the Common, and at the Ridgefield Historical Society (4 Sunset Lane).

To help us preserve and share the history of Ridgefield, contact info@ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or 203-438-5821.

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