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Bridgeport's Barnum Museum Names New Leader Of Board

Alice Ferreira is the new chairwoman of the board at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Barnum Museum
A video message from Alice Ferreira.
A video message from Alice Ferreira. Video Credit: TheBarnumMuseum

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport has named Alice Ferreira as chairwoman of its board of directors.

A board member since 2009, she recently served as secretary for the museum.

Ferreira currently is a vice president for corporate communications for UnitedHealth Group.

“P.T. Barnum was the ultimate strategic publicist and a bold and innovative leader, and we have much to learn about him and from him," Ferreira said. "His enduring legacy continues to inspire people to tap into their personal power of creativity and imagination."

“We are at a crucial point in our history, ready to re-emerge as a center for creativity and inspiration and a major cultural destination," said Kathy Maher, the museum's executive director. "We are embarking on a re-imagining of the museum, and there is no better time to be at the forefront of an organization that will have a lasting impact on everyone in our community, our country and the world."

Ferreira’s considerable corporate brand-building and reputation management and philanthropic expertise makes her a natural fit as chairperson of Barnum board, the museum said in a press release. She has been involved in community service for more 20 years in the fields of arts and culture, education and social services and currently serves on the boards of the Kennedy Center and The American Red Cross.

The Barnum Museum, conceived and built by P.T. Barnum, has served Bridgeport and Connecticut since 1893. The ornate landmark building at 820 Main St. is owned by the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum’s mission is to inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment. A portion of the museum’s collection, including carriages and furniture belonging to P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb, is on view in the People’s United Bank Gallery behind the historic building.

The museum's hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

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