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About Corinne Swanson

Corinne Swanson is the Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs at the Connecticut Historical Society. In addition to teaching school programs at the CHS and off-site, she is responsible for the monthly family programs and other non-school youth and family programming. She spends a lot of time on Pinterest looking for new craft ideas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ithaca College.

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Hamilton’s Hair

November 30, 2018 · Exhibits

Answer: His hair! A small gold locket containing Alexander Hamilton’s hair is in the CHS collection. According to the engraving on the back of the locket, the hair was “given by his descendant to Mrs. Martha Lyman Foster and left by her to Miss E.L. Dixon.” Weird, huh? But still cool! If you are a…
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The Cost of War

October 30, 2018 · Exhibits

“Had a surprise visit from Matt about a week ago. He came upon our company accidentally while snooping around up near where we were. . . Well as he probably told you I’m well and only hope I can stay well for one month more and then I guess I’ll be safe & sure of…
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Constitution State

August 20, 2018 · Collections

  Pop Quiz: why is Connecticut’s nickname “the Constitution State”? In 1639, a group of colonists in the newly established Connecticut colony wrote and adopted a governing document known as the “Fundamental Orders.” This document was inspired by a 1638 sermon delivered by Reverend Thomas Hooker, wherein Hooker preached that leaders should be chosen by the…
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Cooking in the Trenches

June 25, 2018 · Collections

During World War I, soldiers were issued mess kits for preparing and eating their meals. Mess kits usually consisted of a pan for cooking food, a set of cutlery, and a lid which also served as a plate. This mess kit was owned by George W. Cheney of Manchester who served during World War I. George…
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Green Thumbs

May 25, 2018 · Collections

As the weather gets nicer, Connecticans throughout history have taken this opportunity to work outside and garden. This photograph, taken in Hartford’s Riverside Park Children’s Garden in 1905 shows a group of boys getting ready to plant in the garden.   Recently, CHS CEO Jody Blankenship appeared on Better Connecticut to share other garden-related items from…
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Teensville: A Sample of Baby Boomer Youth Culture

February 22, 2018 · Collections

From 1959 to 1961, West Hartford native Tom Vater hosted a television program on Hartford’s Channel 18 called Teensville. Similar to American Bandstand, Vater played the hit songs of the day and hosted musical acts such as teen heartthrob Bobby Rydell, all while teens from the Greater Hartford area danced along to the music.

Pop goes the Popper

December 11, 2014 · Education

What can you do with three hundred toilet paper rolls?

Museum Educators On The Road

November 14, 2014 · Education

Don’t worry, the educators haven’t left – they’re just on the road teaching!

The Legend of the Charter Oak

October 31, 2014 · Education

The Legend of the Charter Oak can be a bit of an enigma for those who haven’t personally experienced this fantastic program.

Fun in the (Artificial) Sun

October 10, 2014 · Education

How to create sun on a rainy day – that was the question I dealt with last week in preparation for Saturday’s family program.

How to Play with Whirligigs

September 12, 2014 · Education

Children and parents got to experience what it would be like to go back to school during colonial times at our family program last Saturday.

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