About This Evening's Program

Instead of live speeches, auctions, and music, we have curated a selection of videos for you to enjoy while eating your delicious gourmet take-out dinner prepared by Sarah Bouïssou Catering @ Bernard's.

You’re welcome to watch these videos in any order you like. However, please join us at 7:00 PM for the world premiere of our feature video called “The Gilberts & The Gilded Age of Entertaining” hosted by Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri from ACT of Connecticut.

Each video showcases a different aspect of WHAT we do here at KTM&HC and WHY your ongoing support is so critical to sustain our mission of keeping history alive for future generations and making it relevant to today’s civil society.

You’ll have an opportunity after each video to make an additional donation by clicking on the orange DONATE button. We’re thrilled to announce that we have a 2:1 match for every dollar raised up to 10,000 dollars! Please help us take advantage of this challenge to raise additional funds critical to fulfilling our mission. For fun, check out the progress bar at the bottom of the page to see your donations count, in real time!

Thank you for your support and enjoy tonight’s program!

President's Message

The Gilberts & The Gilded Age of Entertaining

Join us for the world premiere tonight at 7 PM!

We hope you enjoyed the world premiere of “The Gilberts & The Gilded Art of Entertaining” made in collaboration with ACT of Connecticut. Isn’t Julia’s beaded court gown simply stunning? Aren’t the Oriental costumes with their colorful silk brocade embroidery a feast for the eye? And to hear Charlie Pankenier talk about Julia’s choreographed presentation to English royalty is simply amazing. We could not, however, tell these fascinating stories without our wonderful collections of textiles, artifacts, objects, and primary-source documents.

Please consider making an additional gift towards the conservation of our Museum collections by clicking the DONATE button below. Thank you!

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Bringing History Alive in the Virtual Classroom

Doesn’t “Mistress Houston” do a terrific job bringing history alive by connecting the past to the present? Don’t you wish you could come back for more? Although students and teachers are yearning for human interaction, offering a virtual classroom such as this with Mistress Houston is the closest it gets to a real-life setting. However, converting our on-site, in-person school programs to digital distance learning is – as you can imagine – putting a real strain on our resources.

Please consider making another gift by clicking on the DONATE button below to help us create more virtual classroom experiences such as the one you just watched in this video. Thank you!

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This Old Chair: How To Restore An 18th-Century Bannister-Back Chair

The professional restoration of antique furniture in our Collection is core to our mission of historic preservation. Watch John Curry of Curry & Hovis in Pound Ridge, New York, talk about the hands-on process of restoring this bannister-back chair while providing a fascinating account of the skilled craftsmanship of period furniture makers.

Please consider making another donation to help us preserve our historic furniture by clicking on the DONATE button below. Thank you!

Join Dan & Bryan on The Self-Guided Walking Tour of 'Gilberts in the Gardens'

We hope you enjoyed the virtual outdoor walking tour of our gardens as much as we did. Now that we’ve entered Phase 1 of re-opening, the good news is that you can visit our site and take the tour yourself starting tomorrow, Sunday, May 24. Wear your mask, keep your 6-foot social distance, and follow the one-way arrows. Nothing can beat the real thing!

Please consider making another donation to help us preserve our historic grounds by clicking on the DONATE button below. Thank you!

Timothy's Tales

Thank you for joining us tonight and supporting our Gala To Go. We couldn't do any of this without you. We hope you have a wonderful rest of your evening!

If you haven't had the chance to donate yet, we invite you to do so by clicking on the DONATE button below.

Donation Progress Bar

Help us get to $10,000 tonight! Every donation is being matched 2:1 by a generous donor!

Our progress bar below is being updated live throughout the night. Send in your donations and watch the dollars add up! Make sure to refresh your browser to see the latest.

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Thank You to Our Gala To Go Donors

Colonial Donors ($5,000)
Fairfield County Bank
Anita and Nick Donofrio
Joel Third*

Federal Donors ($3,000)
Rhonda Hill*

Victorian Donors ($1,500)
Jeff and Christine Boris*
Elizabeth and Robert Ellis
Reinhold and Hildegard Grob
Ed and Gaetana McGill and your friends at BMW of Ridgefield

Edwardian Donors ($500)
Anonymous Donors
Joyce and James Andersen
Christopher and Videen Bennett
Mary Ann and John Connors
Cheryl and Jennifer Crowl*
Kam and Don Daughters
Elise and Jay Haas*
Jeff and Jenn Hansen*
Brendan and Noelle Kenny
Philip and Christine Lodewick
Frank and Hilary Micalizzi*
Montanari Fuel Service, Inc.
Judi and Charlie Pankenier
Tom and Susan Reynolds
Phyllis and John Robertson*
Gary and Susie Singer
Beth and Jay Steele
Allison and Jon Stockel
Lisa and Jason Terry
Karen and James Wylie

Gilded Age Donors (Up To $499)
Anonymous Donors
Anita Barrios
Geoffrey and Maureen Bartlett
Sandra E. Benti
Linda Berry
Sarah and Mark Blandford
John Bradley
Craig and Cynthia Borders
Laureen Bubniak
Georgia Carrington and Rebecca Strominger
Jessica and Chris Carter
Joseph Cleary
Aryn and Stephen Cluney
Robert Bojanek and Paula Curry
Doug and Karen Cushnie
Marilyn Dempsey
Desmarais Family
Arnold and Jennifer DiLaura
Victoria and Jeff Dinkel
Kerry Dobson
Constance and John Fenton*
Ira Joe and Shelly Fisher
Robert and Michelle Flegel
Leslie Freyberg
Susan Fortunato
Debra Franceschini-Gatje
Julie Gallagher
Lynn M Felici-Gallant
Kathy Graham
Beth and Chuck Hancock
Elizabeth A. Hanson
Kaitlyn and Tom Hayes
Norvel and Fay Hermanovski
Jean and Michael Jaykus
Mary Kaletta
Robert Kinnaird
Helen Kovacs
Maureen Kozlark
Elizabeth and Michael Krause
Marilyn and Joe Kreitz
Cheryn Kwasnik
Lesley and Kevin Lambton
Stephanie Lewkiewicz
Loire and Robert Leavitt
Patty Linnon*
Ann and Jeff Lundberg
Jeanne Manto
Connie Marsala
G. Carson McEachern
William Mc Eachern
Margo McEachern*
Karen S. McChesney*
Mary Beth and Ed McGarvey
Richard and Suzanne Merkt
Lilian Meyers
Tony and Jackie Molligo
Annette and Dan O'Brien
Sean O'Kane and Dawn Fawcett
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Zaic
Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas S. Perna
Ruth E. Reed
Roger Restaino and Miriam G. Martinez
Theresa M. Roese
James and Brenda Rouse
Pamela Rybarczyk
Lia and Steve Scammon
Lori Seibert
Maggie Seligman
Walter and Sabina Slavin
Dee Strilowich
Don and Tina Sturges
Peggy Thomas
Brian Truskowski and Terry McManus
Maureen O. Tucker
Carrie and Jeff Warner
Andrea and Robert Whitton
John and Kathy Wong*
Barbara and Bill Wyman

*Board of Directors

Thank You to Our Gala To Go Sponsors

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