Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum

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Julie Winkel, Media Specialist,                                                                                                             



The Muppets to the Rescue at Pardee-Morris House:

Film Fun with New Haven Preservation Trust

New Haven, Conn. (July 8, 2024) – While the Muppets might not be synonymous with historic preservation, the 2011 comedy musical film “The Muppets” seemed a natural choice for a collaborative event by the New Haven Museum and the New Haven Preservation Trust (NHPT) on the lawn of the Pardee-Morris House, on Sunday, August 4, 2024, at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome to laugh along with this family film (rated PG). Register here for this free event. For weather updates check FB/IG or call 203-562-4183. 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation included “The Muppets” on its list of 15 Awesome Preservation-Themed Movies. During the madcap caper, a devoted Muppet fan reunites the gang to help save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman, a businessman who plans to demolish it to drill for oil. 

Former NHPT president Rona Johnston will make a few introductory remarks before the film. She notes she has dreamt of a NHPT gathering at the Pardee-Morris House since she first visited the Morris Cove setting that is brimming with history. “We hope visitors will see that saving old buildings is important for everyone, young and old, human and Muppet,” says Johnston. “We also hope those attending will get to know the Preservation Trust in a lighter-hearted mode.”

About the New Haven Preservation Trust

The New Haven Preservation Trust seeks to rally our diverse city to embrace and champion its historic places and spaces. They hope all ages will enjoy the buildings, spaces, and neighborhoods that hold so many of the city’s stories. The Trust offers guided tours, provides talks and workshops, and helps homeowners and others learn about and preserve their houses and buildings. As they seek to grow the preservation community, they are keen to draw in younger generationsSince its founding in 1961, the Trust has played a key role in the preservation and restoration of the New Haven Free Public Library, the New Haven Post Office and Federal Building, New Haven City Hall, the John Davies Mansion, and countless other buildings throughout the city.

About the Pardee-Morris House

Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William S. Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New Haven Museum. For a complete list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: Sign up for e-blasts at

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. As a Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission all year. For more information visit  or @NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.


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