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April 2014

Ongoing Exhibit: Making Connecticut

Ongoing

Visit our Exhibit page to learn about our other ongoing exhibits.

Free Admission to the Museum Galleries

Saturday, April 5 9:00 am 5:00 pm

Please note that free admission does not include the Research Center.

Members' Preview

Thursday, April 10 │ 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Remarks at 6:00 pm by guest speaker Jean Druesedow, Director of the Kent State University Museum and curator of the exhibit. This special sneak peek is open only to members and invited guests. R.S.V.P. by April 1 to rsvp@chs.org or call (860) 236-5621 x238. Reserve early—space is limited! Not a member yet? Join us today!

New Exhibit Opens:
Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen

April 11, 2014 – September 13, 2014

For more information, visit the exhibit page.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Civil War 150 Years Later

Saturday, April 12 | 2:00 pm
$6 CHS members | $12 non-members
| tickets available online

Take this rare opportunity to see Civil War-related material not usually on view, including examples of private letters between soldiers and their families, uniforms, swords, guns and bayonets, and even hardtack from the 1860s. The tour culminates with the flag that decorated President Lincoln's box at Ford's Theater the night he was assassinated. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Questions? Call (860) 236-5621x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

Home School Day

Wednesday, April 16 │ 10:00 am – 2:15 pm
$5/student per 45-minute workshop
│ $4 for adults

Join us for our first event specifically for the Home School audience! The day is designed to be flexible and to fit the needs of your family. Select up to four 45-minute hands-on, participatory workshops for different ages. To learn more or to register, visit the Home School Day page.

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, April 26 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

May 2014

Family Program: CHS Celebrates Spring

Saturday, May 3 │ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FREE

Spring is here! In celebration of spring, make a May Day basket at the Connecticut Historical Society. These paper baskets filled with hand-made flowers are a great gift for friends or family. After you make your basket, try out some fun 19th-century toys and games! For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x233 or email emily_dunnack@chs.org. Please note that during the run of the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, Free 1st Saturday Family Activities will not include free admission to the museum galleries.

Kate Couture: A Hepburn-Inspired Fashion Show

Saturday, May 10 │ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
$25 per ticket
tickets available online

Katharine Hepburn is a Connecticut original and an American icon. Throughout her career that spanned six decades, she performed in dozens of productions both on stage and in film. Her independent spirit and sense of style continues to influence the informal, elegant approach to American style seen on today's runways. Learn how to incorporate Hepburn's style into your wardrobe with the help of fashion experts from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and models from Miss Connecticut as they bring Kate Couture from the screen to the catwalk. With refreshments and a visit to the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, it is a perfect Mother's Day weekend outing. And don't forget to buy a raffle ticket to win great prizes from Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Ann Taylor, Hartford Stage, Capital Grille and more! For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman. Photo courtesy of Judy Samelson Collection. Thanks to our program partners:

Special Author Event: From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story with Ron Tanner

Tuesday, May 13 │ 5:30 – 7:00 pm
FREE
reservations requested

In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, Ron Tanner will visit the CHS and share the story of how he and his then-girlfriend (and now wife) restored a Baltimore row house and transformed it from a dilapidated fraternity house to a showplace, all while falling in love. Ron's discussion of the book he wrote about the experience, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, will entertain everyone who loves old houses and great love stories. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, May 24 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

Katharine Hepburn's Hollywood Career: An Overview with Jeanine Basinger

Wednesday, May 28 5:30 – 7:00 pm
$5 CHS members │ $10 non-members │ tickets available at the door


Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, offers an overview of Katharine Hepburn's extraordinary career in film, comparing her longevity on screen to the shorter careers of some of her famous contemporaries. Hepburn faced particular challenges on her way to achieving lasting fame, but she also had advantages of education, wealth, and social position that helped her succeed. Drawing comparisons to her famous contemporaries, such as Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, Basinger explores how Hepburn achieved six decades on screen and an enduring legacy as a film legend. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

June 2014

Katharine Hepburn: From Hartford to Hollywood

Wednesdays, June 4, 11, and 18 │ 2:00 – 3:30 pm
President's College, University of Hartford
$70 for President's College Fellows and members of the CHS $85 for general public

This lecture series, in partnership with the President's College of the University of Hartford, will explore Katharine Hepburn's extraordinary biography and how her life-long ties to Connecticut influenced the woman and the star she became. Register at library.hartford.edu/presidentscollege.

Family Program: Summer Kick-off at CHS

Saturday, June 7 │ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FREE

Kick off the summer with outdoor fun at the Connecticut Historical Society! Children and parents can make their own set of toy binoculars to use as they explore the CHS grounds. Additional nature-themed activities are fun for all ages! Bring a lunch to enjoy outside at our picnic tables. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x233 or email emily_dunnack@chs.org. Please note that during the run of the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, Free 1st Saturday Family Activities will not include free admission to the museum galleries.

Katharine Hepburn Film Festival with University of Hartford's President's College

Saturday, June 14 │ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
President's College, University of Hartford

$45 for President's College Fellows and members of the CHS (includes lunch) $55 for general public (includes lunch)

Join us for a day-long celebration of Katharine Hepburn's achievement on the silver screen and learn more about her film legacy. Register at library.hartford.edu/presidentscollege.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: From Hoop Skirts to Mini Skirts

Saturday, June 14 2:00 pm
$6 CHS members
$12 non-members | tickets available online

Whether it is a yellow silk dress worn to Lincoln’s inaugural ball or a psychedelic maxi dress from the 1960s, our costume collection tells the story of women’s fashion in Connecticut. We’ll share that story with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Questions? Call (860) 236-5621x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, June 28 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

July 2014

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, July 26 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members tickets available online soon!

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

August 2014

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Putting History on the Map

Saturday, August 9 | 2:00 pm
$6 CHS members | $12 non-members |
tickets available online

The CHS has recently concluded an ambitious project to digitize and catalog its large collection of maps, and visitors will get a glimpse into the project, the new storage facilities, and some of the most significant pieces in the collection, including Dutch maps from the 1600s and the earliest published maps of Connecticut. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Questions? Call (860) 236-5621x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, August 23 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

September 2014

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, September 27 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members  │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

October 2014

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy

Saturday, October 18 | 2:00 pm
$6 CHS members | $12 non-members |
tickets available online

History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, death portraits, and even séances haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you! Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Questions? Call (860) 236-5621x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, October 25 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

November 2014

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

Saturday, November 22 │ 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
FREE for members │ $4-8 non-members │ reservations recommended

When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jenny Steadman.

December 2014

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox and Holiday Shopping

Saturday, December 13 | 2:00 pm
$6 CHS members | $12 non-members |
tickets available online

Holidays in Hartford in the 1950s through the 1990s were synonymous with its largest downtown department store. Come take a holiday stroll down memory lane through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and holiday ornaments. Stay to browse through our CHS store and do some of your own holiday shopping. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Questions? Call (860) 236-5621x289 or email Jenny Steadman.




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