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About Ed

Ed has served as the Communications Manager for the Connecticut Historical Society since 2011.

Articles by Ed:

Scatter-brained thoughts on story-telling from Rudolph to the G. Fox Elephant

December 23, 2014 · Collections

As we approach 2015, what things from 2014 should we keep and what things should we throw out? I thought of this as I finished reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to my son. It dawned on me how many things we pass on to the next generation in terms of traditions, stories and folklore…
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Ahoy! It’s the Charles W Morgan at sea!

May 23, 2014 · Collections

“There isn’t anybody alive today who has seen a whaling ship with her sails up.” Richard “Kip” Files, Captain, Charles W. Morgan. This statement is about to be history itself. For the first time since 1941 (73 years), the Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling ship, has gone beyond the confines of Mystic…
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An Olympic medal, a G. Fox Bracelet, and a Katharine Hepburn Costume

April 25, 2014 · CHS Buzz

So, yesterday, on behalf of the Connecticut Historical Society, I attended the Connecticut Conference on Tourism in Hartford. Firstly, it is inspiring to see the number of wonderful institutions across Connecticut that are so passionate about what they are doing. There was lots of learning opportunities with workshops about social media, using video content, reaching…
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What it was like 50 years ago.. when the Beatles came to the US

February 9, 2014 · CHS Buzz

Once again, I’m compelled to write about one of the events that changed our culture and had a major influence on the 60’s- the British invasion! At the time, kids like me listened to scratchy music on a little transistor radio with an ear plug. My favorite AM station was WDRC. We heard some Motown,…
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Peek Behind the Scenes All Year Long!

January 13, 2014 · CHS Buzz

It is time to unveil the 2014 line up of Behind-the-Scenes Tours. We’re offering even more access to the hidden treasures of Connecticut history that are normally behind closed doors, and with the option of buying a Season Pass, you can get that sneak peek at a great 20% discount!

History is Sweet!

December 2, 2013 · CHS Buzz

What comes to mind when you think about chocolate? If you’re a chocoholic (like me), just thinking about it makes you happy – and hungry. I’ll take it in almost any of the various forms and flavors that are available today, but for nearly 90% of chocolate’s history, it was consumed primarily as a beverage….
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Before Black Friday…there was G. Fox

November 29, 2013 · Collections

For decades now, the day after Thanksgiving has been referred to by many as “Black Friday”, the first day of the holiday shopping season. It’s a day of transition from a season of autumn and Thanksgiving to a season of holiday shopping and festivities; a day of drastic sales, crowds and madness at retail stores….
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What is a Nut?

November 4, 2013 · CHS Buzz

At CHS, we’re chock full o’ nuts; history nuts, that is. We’re so nutty about history, that I even began to wonder about the history of the word nuts. Finding the origin of nut(s) and the historical development of its meaning turned out to be a tougher nut to crack than I thought; but here…
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“F/8 and Be There!”

October 7, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits

History of photography enthusiasts might recognize the quote above, generally attributed to Arthur Fellig, a photojournalist in the 1930s and ‘40s. His advice – half technical, half philosophical – was based on the method he found worked best for him, when all cameras were manually operated. The first half refers to the aperture setting on…
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An eye for capturing history (through a lens)

September 27, 2013 · Collections

In this age of smart phones and Instagram, photography and sharing photos is all within the palm of our hands. Most of us are equipped with cameras on our phones that eclipse the bulky cameras of yesterday on many levels.

Merry Memories

September 9, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections

Last year, for the holiday season, the CHS store featured a reproduction ornament based on an original in our collection: Winter Wonderland, Old G. Fox Building, Hartford, designed by Richard Welling, 1995, and G. Fox & Co. This product was so popular, by the end of the season, it sold out.

Inside the CHS

August 23, 2013 · Collections

Hello from the PR/communications team at CHS. I thought it may be interesting to hear a bit about what we have been up to and what we do.

Focusing on Furniture

August 12, 2013 · CHS Buzz

Entering the furniture storage on the third floor still feels like I’ve stumbled upon a secret treasure trove every time I get off the elevator. Visitors on our monthly Behind-the-Scenes Tours sometimes get to experience this feeling, too, but we know that more members and visitors would love a way to learn more about this…
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Cell phone covers – necessity, design, and history in one product. C’est merveilleux!

August 5, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections

It all started when one of our many amazing CHS volunteers (Samantha Ozzone) offered a great idea for a new store product: cell phone covers featuring fabrics from the Textile Collection. Initially we planned individually packaged hard covers, each featuring a piece from the CHS needlework or fabric collection. Some of you might have purchased…
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Whaling in Connecticut

July 26, 2013 · CHS Buzz

Congratulations to @MysticSeaport and the numerous volunteers who, after five years and $7 million, restored the last wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan to majestic status and re-launched her back into the water on the 172nd anniversary of her maiden voyage. Inspired by this recent accomplishment, I decided to take a quick walk around…
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Calling All Yankee Craftsmen!

July 8, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections

If your workshop isn’t air conditioned, find a perfect respite from the rising temperatures at our Behind-the-Scenes Tours “CHS Toolbox” on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. With collections expert Rich Malley, visitors will explore vintage tools from awls to wrenches (ok, I couldn’t come up with a tool that started with…
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Shop Here, Away From Traffic

July 1, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits

As my co-worker Ben Gammell pointed out in his recent blog about the CHS exhibit, Behind the Wheel: Vintage Automobile Safety Posters, “Automobile safety is no joke” – and neither is shopping!

Kids + Summer: A Secret Formula for Parents

June 28, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Education, Exhibits

Ah, summer. The time for all those summer kid activities: Camps, amusement parks, pools, education—SHHH! Bite your tongue, it’s summer! Well, just because kids are on summer vacation, doesn’t mean their minds need to shut down either.

Mr. Veeder’s Neighborhood

June 10, 2013 · CHS Buzz

As if secret panels and an in-home car wash weren’t enough to delight visitors on our monthly Secrets of the Veeder House Tours, we’ve now added new information on the rapidly developing West End neighborhood that Mr. Veeder chose as the site of his home.  Before he began building the stone colonial revival home for…
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Shop the CHS Store: It Won’t Hurt a Bit (Either)!

June 3, 2013 · CHS Buzz

The current exhibit, This Won’t Hurt a Bit: A History of Pain Relief provided some unusual inspiration for new store products. The CHS ephemera collection was a great source for trade cards, once used to advertise remedies to soothe or eliminate pain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. An assortment of images for plasters, witch…
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I’ve always loved history…and I’d love to be a volunteer

May 31, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits

Almost every day I’m contacted by people—of all ages and backgrounds—who want to help the CT Historical Society as volunteers and interns. (An intern is someone who earns school credit.) It’s quite heartening to talk to so many like-minded people who appreciate the past and want to support our mission—to inspire and foster a life-long…
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Connecticut Globeskirters: Gertrude Barnum’s Travel Diary

May 13, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Manuscripts

“With the first day of my journey, I commence this first page of my diary; hoping that the whole jaunt will be as favorable to my compositive powers as this beginning:” So begins the travel diary of sixteen-year-old Gertrude Barnum, who left Danbury, Connecticut for a trip across the Atlantic to Paris and London with…
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What’s Looming at the CHS Store?

May 6, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Exhibits

New exhibitions bring new opportunities to explore objects and connect to the stories they tell—in the galleries, through programs and in the store.

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