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"Sheep to Shawl" — A family event in conjunction with the current Quilt Exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum
Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Promising fun for the entire family this event features farm animals, demonstrations, and handmade crafts. Stunning Border Leicester sheep immediately catch your attention, and chickens remind you that eggs come from hens not grocery stores. See spinners, weavers, and a tinsmith demonstrate their crafts while fiddlers roam the museum providing live music. Visit our artisans market, showcasing a wide variety of handmade crafts, and view the Waterbury Community Quilt made of squares contributed by local residents. Admission is free with museum admission.

Medallion quilt  Cover Stories: Quilts and Bed Coverings  from Regional Collections 

On Exhibit now through March 30

This exhibition includes quilts, bed coverings, and other needlework, most of which has not been on view before. The quilts tell the stories of area families whose livelihoods were often tied to local industries, including textile production, sewing machine manufacturing, and needle and button making. Click here for more information and related programs.

Gloria Ruenitz, Friends - 
Photograph/mixed media  Merging Cultures: Latin American and  Caribbean  Art & Life in Connecticut 

On Exhibit April 18 – August 10, 2008

This exhibition and its accompanying series of public programs will explore how immigration affected the lives of Hispanic newcomers to the greater Waterbury region and how immigrants view their assimilation into the community. Click here for more information and related programs.

New History Exhibit - Entrance  Coming Home: Building Community in a  Changing World 

A new permanent exhibit opening May 10

This dynamic interactive exhibit will provide new insight into Waterbury’s history, telling stories that are relevant to those who live here today, connecting the past to the present and laying a foundation for the future. Click here for more information.

Catherine Rosich  Marketing Coordinator Named

The Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center has announced the appointment of Catherine Rosich as Marketing Coordinator. She comes to the museum with 35 years of experience with not-for-profit organizations in hospitality, member services, sponsor relations, and marketing communications.

Rosich earned a BS from the University of Delaware, an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD from New York University. Her responsibilities will center on carrying the museum’s message throughout the community, building exhibit and program audiences, and expanding museum membership.

“The Mattatuck Museum is a valuable member of the Waterbury community, translating the city’s industrial roots and ethnic neighborhoods into a rich heritage of which its citizens can be proud," Rosich said. "It will be an honor to work with the rest of the museum staff to bring this heritage to life, particularly with the exciting new history exhibit about to open.”

As the new history exhibit, Coming Home, Building Community in a Changing World, is developed, Rosich will work to spread the word about the exhibit’s dynamic interactive features, and related events and programs. The exhibit will provide innovative new insight into Waterbury’s history, telling stories that are relevant to those who live here today, thereby connecting the past to the present, and laying a foundation for the future.

The Mattatuck Museum was established as the Mattatuck Historical Society in 1877 to preserve the history of that part of Connecticut “anciently known as Mattatuck” – roughly the ten town region surrounding present-day Waterbury. In the 1960s the Historical Society expanded its mission to “collect and exhibit the works of Connecticut artists.” The American Association of Museum accredited the museum in 1976, one of the first in the state to meet that standard.

The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections of national significance that interpret the history of the region and the art of Connecticut.

Mission: The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center provides our community with professional scholarship, preservation, and historical programming about our heritage, stimulates the interest in the fine and decorative arts of Connecticut by showcasing their highest quality and expression, and encourages an appreciation of the humanities and the fine arts through its collections, exhibits and programs.

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