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I normally devote my announcements to my writing projects and lately, almost exclusively to my upcoming novel, Wounded Angels. For this announcement however, I'd like to share something unique that I will be involved in this coming Saturday, September 7, which should be a wonderful experience for any of you living within driving distance of Southington, Connecticut. 

The Barnes Museum in Southington, CT

As part of the Connecticut 169 Day, celebrating Connecticut's 169 towns, the Barnes Museum in Southington CT will be holding its first-ever, "Living Museum Tours" from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Have you ever had the experience of visiting a museum only to rush or be rushed through because the displays were too abstract or the information too detailed or time consuming to absorb? You won't have that problem with this unique museum experience. As you go through the Living Museum tour, your docent will explain the significance of each of the displays. Even more engaging, you will then interact with the people who actually inhabited the dwelling throughout it's history, and the cast members will enact scenes documented by the personal journal notes of the original inhabitants.

Upon his death at age 90, Bradley Henry Barnes willed the Greek Revival estate and all of its contents to the town in 1973. The original house was built in 1836 by Bradley's grandparents. At that time of his death, Bradley was the richest man in Southington and the town has carefully maintained the homestead in its original state, providing an exceptional, intimate view of this unique family's life. In the estate, there are displays of significance to a wide variety of interests. Enthusiasts will appreciate the wide variety of antique toys displayed throughout the house. Antique radio fans will marvel at the extensive collection. History buffs will appreciate the meticulously displayed clothing, household items (including a room of various style commodes) and the magnificently refurbished and working 1914 Steinway player piano. And visitors will awe at the sunlight filtering through the hundreds of colorful goblets in the sun porch.  

Of special significance, Bradley, his family, and his ancestors, maintained extensive documentation on most of the home's history and contents and all of the family members kept detailed diaries of every aspect of their lives. This makes the Barnes one of the most accurately and completely documented museums in the country! 

The normal museum admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students, but for this special event, the museum is offering two admissions for the price of one.
Here is a picture of Bradley Barnes. My favorite tale about him is his two conflicting reputations. As the story goes, because he was the richest man in town, people would often ask him for money and he would often refuse, gaining him the reputation with some as a miser. But he personally kept tabs of the people in town and, when he noticed a family was in need, he would give money to his property caretaker to give to the family with strict instructions not to tell anyone where the gift came from.

During the living museum tours, I have the privilege of portraying Bradley Barnes when he was 69 years old.  In addition, you will meet and interact with young Bradley at age 21, Amon Bradley, his grandfather, Leila, his wife, and Alice, his mother.  
This scene captures some of the museum's picturesque grounds. When you are finished touring the inside, take a stroll through the arbors or stand under the gazebo.

Several years ago, the Barnes Museum Curator, Marie Secondo, asked if I could create this kind of event for the museum. Unfortunately, at the time I was unable to honor that request, but she refused to abandon the idea. My admiration and congratulations go out to Marie, to her Caretaker / Curator, Bonnie Plourde, and to Executive Director, Kristi Sadowski, for having the vision to continue to develop the concept and the energy and willpower to bring it to a reality this year. 

For more information about the Barnes Museum and the Living Museum Tours, visit their website at or their Facebook Page at

And if you take advantage of the Living Museum Tours on Saturday and I fail to acknowledge you, please excuse me and understand that I was only trying to "stay in character."

Thank you for spending this time with me. If you have friends or relatives that might be interested in these announcements, please invite them to sign up on my website at 

Feel free to jot me a note telling me what you think of these updates and what you would most like me to cover in them. 

Until the next time, warmest regards,

Chuck Miceli

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