April 23, 2014

Barnum’s Sneak Peek celebrates ‘The Fairy Wedding’ of 1863

The Fairy Wedding: Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) and Lavinia Warren wed on Feb. 10, 1863.

The Fairy Wedding: Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) and Lavinia Warren wed on Feb. 10, 1863.The Fairy Wedding: Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) and Lavinia Warren wed on Feb. 10, 1863.

POSTPONED from  Wednesday, Feb. 13, to Wednesday, Feb. 20: The Barnum Museum will continue its monthly lunchtime lecture programs, Sneak Peek, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. These informal “show and tell” discussions will feature fascinating, rarely seen items from the museum’s collection, presented by the museum’s Collections Manager, Adrienne Saint-Pierre and the Registrar, Melissa Houston.  

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren’s marriage on Feb. 10, 1863 and popularly known as “The Fairy Wedding,” the topic will be the tiny garments and accessories worn by the bride and groom. The museum suggests a $2 donation for Sneak Peek program.

During this program, Saint-Pierre will show the orange blossom bridal wreath, ermine cape, and the groom’s embroidered silk vest, among other unique items. The tiny celebrity couple had a big impact on American popular culture, and achieved international fame during their travels around the world. At the time of their marriage, Tom Thumb, whose real name was Charles Stratton, was 36” tall and Lavinia Warren was just 30”.

Sneak Peek programs are also scheduled for Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. on March 20, featuring women’s Victorian era fashion, and on April 10, featuring a Civil War flag made by Bridgeport women.

Sneak Peek of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren’s tiny garments will take place at The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, in the People’s United Bank Gallery connected at the back of the museum’s historic structure. Doors will open at noon, Sneak Peek program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch to the program. There’s a suggested $2 donation.

For more information, visit barnum-museum.org or call 203-331-1104.