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Barnum Museum uncovers coat once owned by Charles Dickens

The museum's curator recently discovered still images from Dickens' reading tours in the U.S. when he wore the coat.

News 12 Staff

Dec 23, 2022, 10:35 PM

Updated 542 days ago

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An old possession in Bridgeport's Barnum Museum turned out to be much more valuable than expected.
A coat the museum has had since 1895 was once owned by famous British author Charles Dickens, the writer of "A Christmas Carol."
The museum's curator recently discovered still images from Dickens' reading tours in the U.S. when he wore the coat.
They're hoping to learn more about how the quilted, silk-lined coat stayed here after Dickens returned to England.
"So excited to learn more about it. It just goes to show that now, with what you can find on the internet, that there are more stories to learn about these things that have been in our collection for so long. Just a little bit closer window on the past, and we love that," said Barnum Museum curator Adrienne Saint-Pierre.
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