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Ridgefield Starts Planning For Sendak Museum, Archives In Town

Ridgefield approved a proposal for a Maurice Sendak Museum and archive.
Ridgefield approved a proposal for a Maurice Sendak Museum and archive. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The town of Ridgefield approved a measure to work with the Maurice Sendak Foundation in an effort to create a museum dedicated to the famed children's author who called Ridgefield home for 40 years, according to The Hartford Courant.

An early proposal floats the idea of placing the museum and archives in the 6,000-square-foot, town-owned Schlumberger building on Old Quarry Road at Grove Street that has been vacant since 2006, The Courant said.

Plans for the building, designed by architect Philip Johnson, are still in the early stages, and the site would require a good deal of work and renovation to house the museum, The Courant said.

The foundation is still mired in a lawsuit with the The Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, which had thousands of Sendak's works on loan. The museum has returned nearly all of Sendak's work and does not object to the foundation's claim to it .

The museum filed suit for other items in the Sendak collection that the late author did bequeath to it, including several rare copies of books written by authors such as Herman Melville and Henry James, The Courant reported.

Sendak, most famous for his book "Where The Wild Things Are," died in 2012.

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