Woman's Club of Woodbury

Woman’s Club of Woodbury February 5 Meeting Hosts
Bob Burns, Director of The Mattatuck Museum
“Mr. Fortune”


The February public meeting of the Woman’s Club of Woodbury will take place on Monday, February 5, at 12:30 pm at the Emergency Services Building, Orenaug Firehouse, 25 Quassak Road in Woodbury. Bob Burns, director of The Mattatuck Museum, will speak on The Man Fortune. As a former slave of a Waterbury physician, Fortune’s skeletal remains were preserved by the doctor until donated to the Mattatuck Museum in 1933.

 No charge for admission, but reservations are necessary. Please call 203-263-3623 to reserve a space.

 Mattatuck Museum director, Bob Burns, came by his passion early; from a young age, Bob's curiosity led him to explore museums, particularly the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, fostering a lifelong love for the arts and history. Although he pursued his acting dreams with a degree from West Virginia University and a teaching fellowship at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., Bob's path eventually led him to New York City, where he discovered a calling in nonprofit work.

 When the opportunity to become Director of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury arose, Bob was impressed by the institution's mission and the regionally focused collection it housed. He marveled at the museum's diverse array of artwork, including masterpieces by George Durrie, John Trumbull, and Alexander Calder, as well as the world's largest collection of surrealist Kay Sage.

 Bob is committed to community collaboration and works closely with organizations such as Main Street Waterbury, the Waterbury Development Corporation, and the United Way of Greater Waterbury, to promote the city's economic growth and empowering the arts as a unifying force.  Beyond his role as Museum Director, Bob serves in advisory capacities for Post University and Naugatuck Valley Community College, further emphasizing his dedication to education and community development.