Savings Bank of Danbury to Receive Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence

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Savings Bank of Danbury to Receive Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence

By Tribuna Staff

The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will host their fifth annual Hat City Ball—with a 50s sock hop theme this year – on Friday, January 25, 2019. The gala celebrates the museum’s mission to acquire, preserve and interpret the history of our city.

As part of the festivities, The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will present the Savings Bank of Danbury with The Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence in recognition of its stalwart dedication to the preservation of Danbury’s historic Main Street—particularly the iconic building that is part of Banker’s Row— and its ongoing partnership with the museum and commitment to the preservation of the history, architecture and heritage of our community.

“The Friends are very excited to host this year’s event and recognize Savings Bank of Danbury for their work over many decades partnering to preserve the historic integrity of downtown Danbury. We look forward to bringing the Danbury community together once again; the Hat City Ball is an essential fundraiser for the museum and supports the educational programs, history-related events, community outreach and preservation efforts of the museum,” stated Joretta Kilcourse, president of The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

The evening features Mike Caravakis spinning your favorite oldies from the 1950s and 60s, an open beer and wine bar, a surf ‘n’ turf meal (vegetarian option available), dancing, a rockin’ wine pull and a Sock Hop Prize Pull (for a list of items included, please visit the museum’s website in January). The event will be held at The Amber Room Colonnade and 1950s era clothing—from letter sweaters and poodle skirts to formal attire—is encouraged, as are, of course, HATS.

The museum is currently seeking sponsors and advertisers for the Hat City Ball 2019. Donations to this year’s Sock Hop Prize Pull from area businesses are also welcomed.

A complete outline with Sponsor, Advertiser and Donor details are available at: You’ll also find information and a link to purchase tickets online or in person at the museum during regular business hours.

About the DMHSA: 

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society was formed to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret New England’s past, focusing in particular 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 and research library.

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January 9, 2019

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