Exhibit Spotlight
Pets in America
September 13, 2008-February 1, 2009
Pets in America explores the bond between people and animals and the history of pet-keeping.

"Having a pet is deeply satisfying and emotionally enriching, but it can also be time-consuming, limiting, and financially burdensome," explains Curator of Collections Rosa Portell. "Yet, for over 200 years Americans have treasured their pets and gone to great lengths in order to keep them. The human-pet bond is enduring, profound, and enormously complex."

Pets in America was developed by McKissick Museum of South Carolina, and is based on research by Professor Katherine C. Grier. The exhibition contains more than 300 objects, including pet attire; feeding and housing implements; pet remedies of all kinds; the very first bag of Kitty Litter; a mouse theatre; and a coat and collar made for President Roosevelt's famous dog, Fala, on loan from F.D.R.'s Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. The exhibition is supported by media sponsors Stamford Plus Magazine and 96.7 The Coast/95.9 The Fox radio stations.

In the "My Pet and I" section, visitors are invited to contribute images and stories of their own, which will be posted for everyone's enjoyment, and may appear on the Museum's Web site as well as in Stamford Plus Magazine and the magazine's Web site.

  • Horizontal Photo Submission Form
  • Vertical Photo Submission Form

  • Pets in America is a nationally traveling exhibition, organized by McKissick Museum, The University of South Carolina.

    No dogs or pets of any kind are allowed on Museum property.
    Have a problem with your dog?
    The Stamford Museum & Nature Center partners with Stamford Animal Care and Control to offer a monthly seminar series. All programs will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

    The program topics are as follows:
    Oct. 21: Successfully Adopting a Shelter Dog
    Nov.18: Canine Myth Busting
    Dec. 16: Dogs & Kids: Building Blocks for a Solid Friendship
    Jan. 20: Is Your Christmas Puppy Leaving You Presents?

    Exotic Pets Lecture Series
    In another two-part lecture series, naturalist Chris Evers from Animal Embassy will explore whether exotic animals make good pets. These programs, which will feature live animals, will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

    Lecture Series topics:
    Oct. 10: When Good Pets Go Bad: The Trials of Exotic Pet Ownership
    Nov. 7 : Take a Walk on the Practical Side: Responsible Exotic Pet Ownership

    These programs are appropriate for children ages 5+. Pre-registration is required. Please call 203.322.1646 x6521 to register. Maximum attendance: 75.

    Members: $5 | |Non-Members: $8

    Sing-Along with Lizzie Swan
    Friday, November 14, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Great Hall, Bendel Mansion (main building)

    Lizzie Swan, who delighted the Museum's young audiences with her music during SM&NC's Goodnight Moon exhibition, returns! Ms. Swan is the founder of the family band The Swingset Mamas, winner of the 2008 Parents Choice Award for Outstanding DVD and the iParenting Media Award. Children are invited to don their pajamas and bring along their pets to the Museum (stuffed toys only!) for a sing-along of animal-themed songs.

    Pre-registration required. Please call 203.322.1646 x6521. Maximum attendance: 75. This program is appropriate for ages 3 + .

    Members: $5 | |Non-Members: $8

    Pet-themed Overnight camp-in
    January 17, 2009

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