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About Ben

Ben Gammell is Coordinator of Interpretive Projects, which means he helps the CHS exhibit team do its thing and other things too. This may involve researching Connecticut history or building rickety exhibit furniture.


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It’s 2015. Got a List?

January 2, 2015 · Exhibits

What is one thing that makes Connecticut, Connecticut? We’ve got a list going here, and you need to add your two cents.

50 Objects / 50 Stories: What do YOU think?

December 5, 2014 · Exhibits

Your help is needed. The Connecticut Historical Society is on a “treasure hunt.” If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be?

firebox restaurant exhibit

New Exhibit at Firebox Restaurant

November 7, 2014 · Exhibits

Book your dinner reservations. We’ve just installed a new exhibit at Firebox Restaurant.

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 5

October 3, 2014 · Exhibits

Three new exhibits open today, including “Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano”

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 4

October 2, 2014 · Exhibits

Documentary photographer Pablo Delano talks about the challenges of photographing the urban environment. His show opens here on Friday…

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 3

September 25, 2014 · Exhibits

I’ve spent the last couple of days helping Pablo Delano lay out the photographs for his upcoming show…

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 2

September 17, 2014 · Exhibits

Documentary photographer Pablo Delano talks about the process behind organizing his upcoming show, “Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano”

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 1

September 5, 2014 · Exhibits

I’ve been working with documentary photographer Pablo Delano as we prepare to install his October show. Pablo has been photographing Hartford since 2008…

Celebrate America at Muzzy Field

July 4, 2014 · Exhibits

If you’re looking for something to do this Independence weekend (between barbecues and World Cup games that I do not authorize you to skip), what could be more appropriate than visiting one of this country’s oldest baseball parks, right here in Connecticut? Today kicks off Bristol’s 100th Anniversary Celebration of Muzzy Field, a family event…
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Hepburn: So Good It’s Scary

June 6, 2014 · Exhibits

Only the greatest actors can inhabit a character so fully that you forget who’s who. Daniel Day-Lewis is not Daniel Day-Lewis. He IS Abraham Lincoln. He IS Hawkeye. Christian Bale IS retired boxer Dicky Ecklund. Adam Sandler IS . . . Adam Sandler. This is my way of complimenting Katharine Hepburn. If she wasn’t a…
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Pants are optional

May 2, 2014 · Exhibits

Have we had enough posts yet about Katharine Hepburn and her pants? I’ll let you decide, and to be precise for you Hepburn fans, they’re slacks, not pants. SLACKS. Hepburn was a fashion icon, and her embrace of slacks in a world of feminine Hollywood starlets upended the fashion status quo and encouraged women everywhere…
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Goodwin College and the Connecticut River

April 4, 2014 · Exhibits

I just finished a project over at Goodwin College in East Hartford: installing 4 large historic photographs of the Connecticut River in the school’s new library. Goodwin’s campus is located along the Connecticut River, and the Hoffman Family Library offers impressive views with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the riverfront. Goodwin approached us with the…
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No Connection

March 7, 2014 · Exhibits

Lately when I walk through our current exhibit, Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers, the smart little iPad mounted on the gallery wall has been staring back at me with three heart-rending words: “No Internet Connection.” Is that a cry for help? “I need you!” Or an accusation? “I have no connection and…
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Two by Two, Hands of Blue

December 6, 2013 · Exhibits

Apologies for the obscure sci-fi reference, but every time I don the blue conservation gloves to protect an artifact from my oily, greasy, sweaty, human hands, my immediate thought is River Tam’s creepy chant, “Two by two, hands of blue,” in the underappreciated Firefly series. If you happened to catch me in the galleries this…
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Movember 1st at the CHS

November 1, 2013 · Exhibits

Movember begins today. Support your mustachioed buddies as the next 30 days reveal their ability to grow a thick and bushy upper-lip bear rug; a whispery mouth spider web; or something in between. All to promote men’s health and combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Winter’s Comin’

October 4, 2013 · Exhibits

Our newest exhibit, “Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers”, will be open October 11, 2013 – March 29, 2014. That’s next week! You’ve got 5 months to check it out, but please tell me why you would wait. You might think you have time to roll in some lazy Saturday afternoon in the…
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Elementary Sentimentality

September 6, 2013 · Exhibits

I’m not in an appropriate emotional state to be talking about our current exhibit development, which could include a discussion of the history of photography, the aesthetics of Victorian portraiture, or the historical change in social norms regarding the role of women in domestic and/or professional circles—all fascinating topics to be explored in “Through a…
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The Red Green Exhibit

August 5, 2013 · Exhibits

No duct tape was used in the making of this exhibit. I happen to know more than one person who wraps a banana peel in duct tape around a body part to remove warts. My response to this home remedy is, What toxic combination of tropical enzymes and chemical adhesives contributes to the degeneration of…
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My First Car Was a….

July 5, 2013 · Exhibits

1992 Jeep Cherokee. Bought used from my parents for a generous discount that I could feel guilty about for years. I then put 12,000 miles on that red beast in a 30-day post-graduation cross-country road trip with my two best friends.

This Exhibit is Not Boring. Seriously.

June 7, 2013 · Collections

Automobile safety is no joke. It is also boring, which is problematic when developing an exhibit around the topic. Why would anyone come to see a museum exhibit about automobile safety? It does help to have some impressive stuff, particularly 23 automobile safety posters, like this one:

Bone Saws and Centipedes

May 3, 2013 · Exhibits

Our newest exhibit is now open! Considering the number of tools on display that were designed to sever, extract, or drill into one’s various body parts, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief” will make you either run screaming for the hills or bow down before the great and benevolent Horace Wells,…
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