Crowd-Sourcing Connecticut’s Past

50 Objects/50 Stories SponsorsBy Richard Tuchman, Chief Development Officer, Connecticut Historical Society

At noon on Tuesday, May 19 the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) opened its first crowd-sourced exhibition, Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, at its museum in Hartford. It will run until October 24.

The objects in the new exhibit and online gallery bridge centuries, locations, ethnicities and cultures – each detailing a distinct Connecticut experience, idea or action. The majority of the objects are on loan to the CHS from individuals and organizations across the state.

While the exhibition is an eclectic mix of important Connecticut historical moments, the complete story of Connecticut could never be told through 50 objects. Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories is a fascinating, inspiring, controversial and fun gathering of pieces of history from all across Connecticut.

The online gallery will continue to grow, and you can see it now at https://chs.org/50objects/.

When you come to the CHS to see Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, don’t miss our permanent exhibit, Making Connecticut. Colorful, interactive, and filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents, Making Connecticut is the story of all the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today. Themes of daily life, clothing, transportation, sports and leisure, work, and social change run throughout the exhibit.

Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, like the Connecticut Historical Society itself, is privately funded by the citizens of Connecticut – individual and corporate citizens. Also like the CHS, all of the corporate sponsors are Connecticut-born and were founded in Hartford.

The Premier Sponsor, Seabury, an Active Life Care Community, and Seabury At Home, is dedicated to providing housing and support services for older adults. Founded in Hartford in 1876 and now headquartered in Bloomfield since 1992, Seabury, a not-for-profit, interdenominational community, combines high quality retirement housing with high quality continuing health care.

The Exhibition Sponsor, Travelers, was founded in Hartford in 1862. Travelers minimizes risk, prevents loss and helps their customers prepare for the unknown. Travelers’ comprehensive products, services and support give individuals and businesses the confidence they need to feel secure.

The Traveling Exhibition Sponsor, United Technologies, was formed in 1929 in Hartford as The United Aircraft and Transport Corporation. It became the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in 1975 and today serves customers in the commercial aerospace, defense and building industries and ranks among the world’s most respected and innovative companies.

The Contributing Sponsors, Reid and Riege P.C. Counsellors At Law, and Shipman & Goodwin LLP Counselors At Law, are two of Connecticut’s top law firms. Both firms were founded in Hartford – Reid and Riege in 1950 and Shipman & Goodwin in 1919 – and are long-time supporters of the CHS.

About the Author 

Richard J. Tuchman, CFRE serves as chief development officer for the Connecticut Historical Society, and believes that history provides context for today’s challenges by allowing us to examine and comprehend how we have come to be through examples of our past decisions and the consequences that followed.

He has served a variety of Connecticut non-profit organizations since adopting the state as his home 30 years ago, and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University.

 About the Connecticut Historical Society

A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, the CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center that are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The CHS’s collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations.

The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present.