Florence Griswold Museum


This event is generously sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council,
an anonymous grant, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Joffray, The Platner Family Foundation,
and in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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October 4 - November 3

Imagine a tiny yellow brick road winding its way across the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum. This year's October event combines both wee faeries and the story of The
Wizard of Oz.
In much the same manner as our previous creative events, visitors travel the museum grounds to discover a faerie version of Baum's original 24 chapters: from the twisty Kansas cyclone to small village of Munchkinland, through the dark woods and colorful poppy fields, to the Emerald City and Wicked Witch's castle, and home again.

The original novel contains a few more surprises and characters that were not included in the 1939 movie.

As visitors follow a map and wander from chapter to chapter they discover little scenes where the story takes place. The map features a very brief synopsis of each chapter that helps visitors to learn or remember the storyline.

The Museum commissioned six original faerie versions of the iconic characters by illustrator Aaron Miller of Chicago (where, coincidentally, Baum lived from 1891-1910). Above are Dorothy and Toto. Below are the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch.

The Oz/Old Lyme Connection

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum over 100 years ago. Considered the first American fairy tale, the book was originally published in 1900, the same year the Lyme Art Colony artists started staying at Miss Florence’s. It has been a bestseller ever since. One of the earliest versions of Oz on film is a 1910 silent film, the same year as the current interpretation of the House. The concurrence of both The Wizard of Oz and the development of the Lyme Art Colony can be used to place both in an interesting historic context. Using the Orientation Gallery, the silent movie will play continuously with photo panels of the Lyme artists and informational labels. A pair of timelines, one for Miss Florence and the Artists of Old Lyme and the other for L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz outlines the similarities between the two histories. Lastly, the original artwork by Aaron Miller of the FGM faerie Oz characters will be on display.

Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz
Each scene is a faerie-sized scene from a chapter in the orginal L. Frank Baum book,
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.




View 2009 Faerie Houses...

View 2012 Faerie Houses...

Visit Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz then wander Beyond the Yellow Brick Road to dozens of participating shops & restaurants to help us find Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man & other friends from Oz as they search for Toto and the ruby red slippers.

Let the Chamber know who you spot & where to be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Participating locations & special offers at VisitOldLyme.com

Special Events and Programs

Look for Toto for family-friendly events


Saturday, October 5

Dorothy’s Kansas Prairie Picnic

Dorothy appears at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm

Welcome Dorothy back from Oz. Hear about her adventure down the yellow brick road. Enjoy Munchkin-sized treats and hands-on crafts while awaiting Dorothy’s return. Dorothy will share stories and song before posing for pictures. Dressing like farmers or faeries is encouraged.




Sunday, October 6

Oz & Crafts - Cyclone in a Bottle
For five Sundays, the Museum Educators presents a hands-on project for families to enjoy during their visit. From Witch & Wizard Wands to Cyclones in a Bottle, the hands-on, minds-on projects educates through enchantment.


Sunday, October 6

Faerie Wings with a Twist (of a Balloon)
Watch April of April’s Balloon Creations fashion faerie wings and other things with colorful balloons.


Wednesday, October 9

This is the first in a series, Oz for Adults: Multiple Ways to “Read” the American Icon.
Look for the icon for the other lectures.
Series of 5: $30 (members $20); individual event: $7 (members $5)
Register Online

You Don’t Know “The Wizard of Oz” Unless You’ve Read It

Mark J. Schenker, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean of Yale College; Dean of Academic Affairs

The 1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz is one of the most watched films in history. With that comes the expectation that everyone knows the story as penned by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Join Mark Schenker for a look into the how the book differs from the movie. Dean Schenker will address the novel on its own terms and connect it to motifs and themes in fairytales and other children's books. For example, like Alice, Dorothy finds herself a stranger in a strange land that forces her to rely on her own resourcefulness to survive and eventually succeed.

Thursday, October 10
$7 (members $5)
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Oz and Old Lyme: A Curator’s Perspective

Amy Kurtz Lansing
Curator, Florence Grisowld Museum

According to Dorothy, “There’s no place like home.” Kurtz Lansing asserts that Miss Florence would have agreed, creating the "Home of American Impressionism" from a boardinghouse full of artists. Join Kurtz Lansing for a spirited presentation revealing the alignment between the story of The Wizard of Oz and the history of Miss Florence and the artists of Old Lyme. From the painters gathering at Miss Florence’s to forge a new chapter in American art history to Dorothy and her new-found friends traveling down the yellow brick road and overcoming obstacles together along the way, the histories of both share intriguing similarities.

Saturday, October 12

Scarecrow’s Pumpkin Patch Party

Come wander our impromptu pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin before decorating it with paint and more. Wander our impromptu pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin before decorating it with paint and more. Fee for pumpkins. Dressing like a scarecrow is encouraged.







Sunday, October 13

Oz & Crafts - Decorate a Miniature Scarecrow
On Sundays, the Museum Educators presents a hands-on project for families to enjoy during their visit. These hands-on, minds-on projects educates through enchantment.


Saturday, October 12

Thorne Lecture: All About Oz: The Annotated Wizard of Oz
Michael Patrick Hearn, Scholar and Author
Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
FREE (but reservations required, please call 860-434-5542 x 111 or email frontdesk@flogris.org)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale, but it is also a controversial children's book. Join Oz and Baum-expert Michael Patrick Hearn for a behind-the-scenes look at all things Oz. Hearn is an American literary scholar and one of America's leading men of letters specializing in children's literature and its illustration. His Annotated Wizard of Oz (1971, 2000) provides a comprehensive history and background for elements throughout both Baum’s life and his Oz narrative.

Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day)

Flying Monkey Monday: Parade Along the Yellow Brick Road

Bagpipers from the Police Pipe and Drums of Waterbury and friends lead a joyous parade along the faerie village route—from Kansas to Oz and back again.





Winged dress (faeries, monkeys, etc.) dress encouraged.











Come early and get your enchantment on with dancer L’Ana Burton with mini-creative dance lessons beginning at 11:30am.





Wednesday, October 16
$7 (members $5)
Register Online

Deceptions, Lies, & Belief in the Land of Oz

Brian Miller, Magician and Amateur Philosopher

Is Oz a great wizard or common humbug? This presentation will investigate the complex character of Oz through academic philosophy and magical performance. It will focus on two major issues. The first is moral problem of lying and deception as related to the practice of magic. Significant consideration will be given to lying and deception in a world that already contains “real magic” – the Land of Oz – as opposed to a world like ours, which does not. The second will be on the nature of belief, and why the citizens of Oz are so willing to believe in the Wizard. Brian Miller is a two-time nationally award-winning philosopher who lectures on the relationship between magic and philosophy to adult audiences.


Saturday, October 19
Performances at 11am & 2pm

Hocus Pocus Party

There’s magic in the air at our Hocus Pocus Party. Marvel at our modern Wizard-in-Residence Brian Miller. Performances at 11am and 2pm. Orchard-fresh apples from Hayward Farms in New Hartford, to taste and buy. Dressing like a wizard or magician is encouraged.

Sunday, October 20

Oz & Crafts - Wizard Hats and Magic Wands
On Sundays, the Museum Educators presents a hands-on project for families to enjoy during their visit. These hands-on, minds-on projects educates through enchantment.

Fridays and Saturdays, October 18, 19, 25, and 26
tours on the half hour from 6-8:30pm
Rain or Shine




Flock Theatre Presents Dreams of Oz
$10 adults ($8 students; $5 children 12 and under)
Register Online


Dreams of Oz is a shadow puppet play written by Charles R. Traeger and performed by members of the Flock Theatre group. Visitors stroll through a forest of twinkling faeries to the Florence Griswold House where the shadow puppet show is seen through the second floor windows of the historic house. Tour guide characters (one brainless, one heartless, and one thoroughly scared of the dark), lead groups around the house and share the story. Tours end in the Landscape Center where nighttime shadows fly and frolic. Rain or Shine.
Dress for outside touring.

Wednesday, October 23
$7 (members $5)
Register Online

Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story

Join author Evan I. Schwartz as he present his groundbreaking new look at a cultural icon—The Wizard of Oz.

Finding Oz tells the remarkable tale behind one of the world's most enduring and best-loved stories. Offering profound new insights into the true origins and meaning behind L. Frank Baum's 1900 masterwork, it delves into the personal turmoil and spiritual transformation that fueled Baum's fantastical parable of the American Dream. Schwartz is a former award-winning editor at BusinessWeek and is also the author of The Last Lone Inventor, named one of the 75 best business books of all-time by Fortune. A book signing will conclude the event.

Thursday, October 24

Art•Bar Happy Hour: Making Faeries
$25 (members $22)
Register Online
Where creative 21+ types mingle for an evening of creativity and cocktails. Director of Marketing Tammi Flynn demonstrates how to create festive wee faeries with feathers, gems, and more.


Friday, October 25

Painting “En Plein Air” in Oz
$12 (members $10)
Register Online

Join Aaron Miller, the Chicago-based illustrator who created the Museum’s Wee Faerie Oz characters, for a day of plein-air painting. Miller will start with a painting demonstration before helping participants with composition and finding their subject. For beginning and intermediate painters. Painting materials required.

Saturday, October 26

Good Witch, Bad Witch, Whichever Witch Halloween Party & C’OZtume Parade

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Halloween fun lasts all day with treats and hands-on crafts.

Visitors are encouraged to dress up like witches, faeries, scarecrows, and such to march in our We’re Off to See the Wizard costume parade that begins at 11am.

Prizes awarded for Best Oz, Best Faerie, and Best Witch.

Sunday, October 27

Oz & Crafts - Witch Crafts
On Sundays, the Museum Educators presents a hands-on project for families to enjoy during their visit. These hands-on, minds-on projects educates through enchantment.

Wednesday, October 30
$7 (members $5)
Register Online

Oz on Film: From Black and White to Technicolor to IMAX 3-D

Join Jeanine Basinger, scholar and author, as she discusses the film versions of The Wizard of Oz—the journey from silent film version to eye-popping 3-D prequels. By the time MGM created the seminal 1939 version, proposed to be the most watched film of all times, there had been several earlier black and white films, a series of radio plays, as well as musical approaches. Basinger’s presention will reveal the film’s tumultuous creation and describe how it became on of the great works of American cinema. Basinger is the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, founder and curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, Chair of the Film Studies Department, and a 1996 recipient of Wesleyan's Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Basinger was the recipient of the Connecticut Governor's Award for her contribution to Film and the Arts in November 2006.

Saturday, November 2
Pixies in Pixels: Photographing the Faeries
$12 (members $10)
Register Online

Craig Norton offers 2-hour workshop for adults and kids to explore the best ways to capture the magic of the Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz. Norton covers composition, lighting, and subject choice. Images will be analyzed and discussed. Digital camera required.

Saturday, November 2


Oz’ll Be Seeing You: A Farewell to the Faeries Party

Oz Faerie appears at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm

Come to our daylong Farewell to the Faeries Party and enjoy sweet treats and crafts while awaiting the Oz Faerie’s return. Oz Faerie will share stories and song before posing for pictures. Dressing like an Ozian faerie is encouraged.



Sunday, November 3



Oz & Crafts - Faerie Crowns & Gnome Caps
On Sundays, the Museum Educators presents a hands-on project for families to enjoy during their visit. These hands-on, minds-on projects educates through enchantment.



For Teachers

Why not send your students "over the rainbow" and bring them to the Florence Griswold Museum this fall. From Friday, October 4th to Sunday, November 3rd the Museum is hosting its third Wee Faerie Village. During this event, two dozen miniature faerie settings, based on L. Frank Baum’s original 24 chapters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be installed in various nooks and crannies on the Museum grounds.

Here are two ways you and your students can enjoy this exciting outdoor exhibit as well as the great art and history on view at the Museum.

Option #1: Once Upon a Palette Field Trip to the Museum

Book an official 2-1/2 hour field trip to the Museum with our education staff Monday-Friday. This option includes guided tours of the historic Griswold House and the Wee Faerie Village as well as the chance to paint en plein air.
Field trips are $7 per student. Tour dates are limited.

Option #2: Self-Guided Tours of the Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz

You can also tour the Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz on your own with your class using one of our Yellow Brick Road Maps. Thanks to an anonymous grant, students under 12 are admitted free to see the Wee Faerie Village.
For this option, adults (teachers and parents) are asked to pay $5.
A pre-visit packet will be sent in advance of your date.

To book or for more info contact:
David D.J. Rau (860) 434-5542, ext. 115
or david@flogris.org

Here’s to a fun and faerie-filled fall at the Florence Griswold Museum

Links - Everything Oz

Here are some links to websites, YouTube, podcasts and blogs that provide high quality information about the history of The Wizard of Oz.


The Origins of Oz from The Smithsonian Channel (46:34)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's story unlike any other. Enthusiastically embraced by young and old alike, author L. Frank Baum's beloved classic was the "Harry Potter" of its day. It has been adapted and re-invented by multiple generations and has inspired the most beloved characters and iconic pair of shoes
in pop-culture history. But how did this classic tale come to be? Visit the locations that inspired Baum's Land of Oz, dig into his family's archival collection, and hear interviews with fans and historians as we share this heart-warming story of the man behind the classic.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) (13:22)
This is the earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, made by the Selig Polyscope Company without Baum's direct input. It was created to fulfill
a contractual obligation associated with Baum's personal bankruptcy caused by The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, from which it was once thought to have been derived. It was partly based on the 1902 stage musical, though much of the film deals with the Wicked Witch of the West, who does not appear in the musical.


American Icons: The Wizard of Oz (52:24)
It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz.
Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision
of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.
Jeanine Basinger
Nora Ephron
Ernie Harburg
Neil LaBute
Bobby McFerrin
Walter Murch
Salman Rushdie

Finding Oz with Doug Fabrizio (52:04)
The telling the story behind one of America's most enduring tales. Our guest is the journalist Evan Schwartz, author of a book about L. Frank Baum. Before publishing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, Baum failed at acting, selling castor oil and running a toy shop. But along the way, he was collecting ideas that would find their way into his parable of the American Dream. Schwartz joins Doug to talk about the personal turmoil and spiritual transformation that led Baum to Oz.

Frank Baum's Oz on On Point with Tom Ashbrook
L. Frank Baum, the man who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, famously did it with one pencil, in one great blast. But the Wizard of Oz didn¹t come out of nowhere. Baum was 44. By 1899, he'd worked and failed as a chicken farmer, an actor, an oil-can merchant, a traveling salesman. And then, wrote the great American fairy tale. He was the JK Rowling of his day. This hour, On Point: Finding Oz. You can join the conversation. What is it about this story ‹ the book, the movie, Dorothy, Toto, There's no place like home that gets us going? Can you feel the currents that must have inspired L. Frank Baum?


Finding Oz Book by Evan I. Schwartz

The Oz Museum in Wamego, KA

The International Wizard of Oz Club

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Royal Timeline of Oz


The Wonderful Wiki of Oz


The Oz Enthusiast

The Daily Ozmapolitan

Lesson Plan

Wizard of Oz Lesson Plan Suggestions

List of Artists and Book Chapter

Main Entrance to Oz
Marvin Haltzman

Faerie Wing Forest
David D.J. Rau & Julie Garvin Riggs

The Enchanted Entrance
Matthew Greene

Chapter 1: The Cyclone
Julie Solz and Steve Hansen

Chapter 2: The Council with the Munchkins
Dee Dee Charnock, Teddi Curtiss, Bobbie Padgett, and Gay Thorn (Members of the Garden Gang)

Chapter 3: Munchkinland Proper
Students from Deep River Elementary with Diana deWolf-Carfi

Chapter 4: How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
& The Road Through the Forest

Florence Griswold Museum Volunteers

Chapter 5: The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
Madeline Kwasniewski

Chapter 6: The Cowardly Lion
Diana deWolf-Carfi and Skylar Carfi

Chapter 7: The Journey to The Great Oz
Sandra Bender Fromson and Friends

Chapter 8: The Deadly Poppy Field
Peter Liebert and Kristin Merrill

Chapter 9: The Queen of the Field Mice
Tammi Flynn, Cheryl Poirier, and Lisa Reneson

Special Stop: You Be the Book (photo op)

Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gates
Adrien Broom

Chapter 11: The Wonderful Emerald City of Oz
Cathy DeMeo

Emerald City Outskirts
Glass by Mundy Hepburn
Wood carvings by Randy Robinson

Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch
Maureen McCabe

Chapter 13: How the Four were Reunited
Candyce Testa

Chapter 14: The Winged Monkeys
Gerry Matthews

Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz the Terrible
Jessica Zeedyk

Chapter 16: The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
Megan Jeffery

Chapter 17: How the Balloon was Launched
Billie Tannen & Robert Nielsen / Christopher & Rhett Steiner

Chapter 18: Away to the South
Chris Blackshaw and Justine Lavigne

Chapter 19: Attacked by the Fighting Trees
Matthew Ferrer, John Sargent, Martina Botinelli & Jessi Brooks

Chapter 20: The Dainty China Country
David D.J. Rau

Chapter 21: The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts
Lori and Edward Lenz

Chapter 22: The Country of the Quadlings
Kristen Thornton

Chapter 23: The Good Witch grants Dorothy’s Wish
Mary Ann Besier & Ruth Tagliatela

Chapter 24: Home Again
Ted and Dylan Gaffney

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Meseum Membership Please note special hours and pricing October 4 through November 3

Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5 and
Sunday, 11am-5pm

$15 Adults
$14 Seniors (62+)
$13 Students
$5 Members
Children 12 and under are free

During this time, Museum passes, Library passes, 2-for-1 offers, and other discounts apply to the regular admission fee. All visitors are responsible for the additional special event admission.

Admission includes access to outdoor exhibition and the special exhibition, Harry Holtzman andAmerican Abstraction as well as the historic Florence Griswold House and the rest of the Museum's facilities.

And thank you to the local Libraries and Booksellers for partnering with us to promote reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz. And special thanks to Connecticut Humanities for funding this program.

Go to any of these locations for a coupon for $2 off up to four adult admissions.

And check out all the great events and special programs at each site!


Essex Library Association

Bill Memorial Library

Groton Public Library

Breakwater Books

Essex Books at Gather

Ivoryton Library Association

RJ Julia Booksellers

Scranton Library

Monte Cristo Bookshop
New London

Public Library of New London
New London

Otis Library

Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library
Old Lyme

Salem Free Public Library

Burgandy Books


Click HERE to read the blog by David D.J.Rau, the Museum's Director of Education and Outreach (and creator of the Wee Faerie Village events) for updates and interesting facts about Wee Faerie Village, the Oz movie and book, and L. Frank Baum.