Outside the Barnum Museum, storm damage from yesterday’s sudden torrent is obvious. But priceless archives were also exposed to the elements.
Here’s the message from Kathleen Mayer, executive director, curator and overall goodwill ambassador from the institution:
Yesterday, the Museum was hit hard by the storm that drove its way through Bridgeport, and we have had some significant damage to the building as well as the collection. Two Main Street windows completely blew out, allowing all the storm water and wind to howl through the first floor exhibition areas. Additionally, water at the North West corner of the building was then able to seep through the first floor into the basement storage area wetting the archival collection of Barnum books.
We had extraordinary help from many of our friends who came to assist with the recovery, and currently the building and collection are stabilized for the moment. We will have to seek professional assessments to determine the extent of the damage to the building structure and to the collection of the display and storage items. We photo and video documented the incident and we began doing written reviews.