The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Bob Burns, Mattatuck Museum Executive Director, to speak on “Fortune’s Story: How an 18th Century Slave was Finally Laid to Rest in 2013” at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, March 5, beginning at 2:30pm.
Mr. Burns will share information on all that is happening at the historic Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury including highlights of upcoming art and history exhibits planned for this year. The main feature of his presentation will be to chronicle the story of how the skeleton of an 18th century enslaved African-American man (Fortune) ended up in the Museum’s collection, galvanized a community, and became international news. Mr. Burns possesses twenty years of administrative and fundraising experience at several nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House of New York City, the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has also served on boards and advisory committees including being an advisory board member of the Hudson Opera House and serving three terms on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Museum Program Panel.
The Mattatuck Museum is a center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of our heritage. Mr. Burns will offer “the story behind the story” of the well-publicized and amazing journey of Mr. Fortune, 215 years after his death.