- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut has approved a $500,000 grant to help restore a historic Bridgeport museum that honors the city’s former mayor and the man who helped create the circus dubbed “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

The Connecticut Post reports (https://bit.ly/29Gk6OR ) the grant approved this week by the state Bond Commission will help restore the Barnum Museum, which was badly damaged by a tornado in 2010.

Windows on the 124-year-old museum were smashed and its famous dome shifted. Glass and water were sent into the interior, damaging some collections, including an 1870 biography of P.T. Barnum.

The money will go toward preparing architectural drawings to stabilize the dome and restoration efforts.

Officials say the building needs up to $20 million in repairs.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com


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