The Danbury Museum & Historical Society to Host Jack Stetson Book Launch and Signing Event in celebration of “The Life & Times of the Great Danbury State Fair”

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 the Danbury Museum welcomes author John H. “Jack” Stetson to the museum for the launch of his newly-authored book, The Life & Times of the Great Danbury State Fair, published by Emerald Lake Books.


The book itself is presented in two part, the first having been written by Gladys Stetson Leahy in the 1950s and the second penned by her grandson, John H. Stetson. “I decided to complete the history my grandmother had started and I added my firsthand experiences of growing up in and around the fair,” shared Stetson.

Festivities will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Huntington Hall, located on the museum campus at 43 Main Street, Danbury and the event is free and open to the public. Mr. Stetson will chat briefly, at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., about his impetus and inspiration for writing the book and sign copies for attendees.

“The Danbury Fair is an iconic and well-loved symbol of the history of our city. We were thrilled to have assisted Mr. Stetson with archival research and photos and we’re pleased that he chose the museum as the location for the launch and sale of his publication,” stated Brigid Guertin, Executive Director of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

Books may be purchased at the museum beginning October 1 in the gift shop. A portion of all sales at the launch and signing event date are being donated to the museum by Mr. Stetson.

Books can be pre-ordered online for pick up at the event at

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society was formed in 1947 to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret New England’s past; focusing particularly on the heritage of Danbury. Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary Rider House (c.1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio and the Charles Ives Birthplace. Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building houses the museum offices, research library and gift shop.

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