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At CHS, we’re staying connected with you… so you can bring us home.

While all in-person services and programming have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, the CHS is excited to provide live streaming and Zoom meeting options for you to participate in our history programs from wherever you are. As with all forms of technology, we hope all things work according to plan but appreciate your patience and understanding if they don’t!

Questions about an upcoming event? Email, Adult Programs Manager.

Looking for a history activity kit designed or kids? Visit our History To Go page to learn more.

Questions about a family program? Email, Youth & Family Programs Manager.

If you’re a teacher looking for history resources for your students, please visit our Online Learning page. Questions about school programs? Contact, School Programs Manager.

Virtual Summer Concert Series

Dan Foster & Eric McDonald in Concert

Showing Thursday, June 25 at 5:00 – 6:00 pm

We can’t all be out on the lawn to enjoy CHS’s first summer concert outdoors, but you can enjoy this performance anywhere! Irish traditional tunes, with special appearances from the Irish dancers of Scoil Rince Luimni!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, July 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This week we’ll read a thrilling detective story from genre master Dashiell Hammett.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: From Hoopskirts to Flappers

Friday, July 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This program will walk you through our Costume and Textile collection to see how women’s clothing transitioned from the iron reign of the hoopskirt to the relative freedom of the flapper dress.

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Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 pm.

Have you ever heard of Sergeant Stubby? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and uncover the story of Sergeant Stubby, a heroic dog from WWI, and celebrate his many acts of bravery during the war. Then, tell us about a dog that is special to you!

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Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History

Thursday, July 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the release of the blockbuster musical on Disney+ by tuning in to this live talk and Q&A to find out what the show gets right and wrong about American history — and why that matters.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Taverns in Early Connecticut

Friday, July 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The pandemic might leave you missing your favorite local watering hole — a sentiment early Connecticans would have understood. Join us to learn about CT’s earliest taverns….and come away with a couple of recipes for authentic tavern-style drinks!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm.

What is a telegraph? How was it used to send messages using Morse code? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and put your code-breaking skills to the test! Join us as we explore the history of Morse Code and work together to decipher this unique language of dots and dashes. Then, create your own secret code and see if your family can crack it!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, July 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to discuss the autobiographical work of Native American activist and author Zitkala-Sa.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts

Take a virtual tour and explore the history, culture, and craft of quilt-making in Connecticut. About 30 stunning selections from the CHS’s approximately 150 quilts, ranging from the last quarter of the eighteenth century to the present day, will be displayed alongside costumes, photographs, and artifacts that illustrate the stories behind Connecticut quilters and quilting. The exhibit was guest-curated by Lynne Zacek Bassett, an award-winning freelance curator specializing in historic costume and textiles. Take the tour.

War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution

This virtual tour will share the little-known story of Revolutionary War Patriot and Dutch mapmaker Bernard Romans. Romans came to the American colonies in 1757 during the French and Indian War, surveying for the British along the Atlantic seaboard. Romans became a supporter of American independence, joined the Continental Army, and eventually settled in Wethersfield, CT. Both the British and Americans used Romans’ maps during the American Revolution. In 1780, he was captured by the British and died in 1784, mysteriously, while a prisoner. Take the tour.

man painting a thangka

Auspicious Signs: Tibetan Arts in New England

This 1996 exhibit was held in conjunction with a festival of Tibetan arts and music, the results of an eighteen-month research and programming project conducted by CCHAP in partnership with the Tibetan community in Connecticut. We are pleased to bring this exhibit online with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Visit the Exhibit Here

Warmth and Creativity: The Hudson Family Quilts

This exhibition features masterful African-American hand-sewn quilts created by the late Laura Hudson, and contemporary quilts and artwork by her husband, Joseph Hudson, and son, Robert Charles Hudson. Their inter-generational quilt-making tradition honors the past while evolving the quilt patterns, motifs, and designs into contemporary art. Originally held in 2014, we are pleased to bring this exhibit online with funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Descriptions accompany the still images, and video documentation of the opening reception contains performances and talks by the artists as well as the curator. Visit the Exhibit Here

a woman's hands tie the warp threads on a woven rug

Rugs of Remembrance: Bosnian Weaving in Hartford

This exhibition was held 2011 to 2012, displaying hand woven rugs, carpets, and wall hangings made by skilled Bosnian weavers living in Hartford. The exhibit provided a chance for audiences to meet these talented artists, learn more about Bosnian culture, and watch them weaving at their looms. Visit the Exhibit Here

The Ambassadors of Folk

The Ambassadors of Folk exhibition was produced in 2010 by the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program to showcase the artistry of Connecticut folk and traditional artists who have achieved recognition on a national or international scale. With support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program is pleased to give this exhibit a second life. Rich descriptions of the artists and their art forms can be found accompanying the still images, and video documentation of the installation will give you an idea of what it was like to visit in 2010! Visit the Exhibit Here

Artist Leslie Dockeray works with chisels to carve a design into a flat wood block

Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities

In 2016, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society marked 25 years of documenting the state’s diverse cultural traditions and sharing the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living here. To celebrate this achievement and honor their longtime partnership, the Connecticut Office of the Arts hosted a new exhibit curated by CCHAP: Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities: Celebrating 25 Years of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. This exhibit displayed a fascinating variety of ethnic, occupational, and native arts that are thriving throughout the state. With support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program is delighted to bring this exhibit online. Visit the Exhibit Here

The Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through August 18. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.
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