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Museum Educators On The Road

November 14, 2014 · Education ·

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

Slap to it

November 13, 2014 · Collections ·

How do we mark where things come from in our storage areas….read on to find out!

Not another account book?

November 12, 2014 · Collections ·

CHS has an extensive array of account books ranging in date from the early 18th century to the later 19th century and covering every part of the state.

Autumn in New England

November 11, 2014 · Collections ·

It’s comforting to think that certain basic things don’t change and to a certain extent it’s even true.

Stegosaurus by Gersóhn

Open Studio Hartford Comes Back to CHS

November 10, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

The CHS is proud to once again host Open Studio Hartford on November 15 &16, 11:00 am–5:00 pm, when we will welcome 17 local artists to display their work and offer it for sale.

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.

Connecticut History and the Helicopter

November 6, 2014 · Collections ·

Connecticut has had a long and close association with this type of aircraft, harkening back to Igor Sikorsky’s pioneering work in the 1930s.

Our audiovisual heritage

November 5, 2014 · Collections ·

Monday, October 27, was World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, sponsored by UNESCO. We did nothing to publicly mark the occasion, but we are taking an inventory of our audiovisual collections in preparation for writing a grant proposal to get them digitized.

Constitution Plaza in Hartford – A History of its Development

November 4, 2014 · Collections ·

The plaza was considered a model for urban renewal in the 1960s, replacing the Front Street neighborhood, which consisted of 18th- and 19th-century buildings, housing mostly Italian immigrants.

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.

You look familiar…Have we met?

October 30, 2014 · Collections ·

This years fall line looked a little familiar….and the reason why was awaiting me right in my office.

Research fellows at CHS

October 29, 2014 · Collections ·

CHS is a member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a group of research institutions in New England that pool their resources to offer grants to scholars so they can spend several weeks at repositories in the region.

How Did He Do It?

October 28, 2014 · Collections ·

Richard Welling loved to draw and he loved to share his enthusiasm for art with others.

Mostly out of sight…

October 23, 2014 · Collections ·

As I was pondering this week’s blog I started to think about some of the tasks we undertake to ensure that the examples of material culture in our collection remain available for future researchers.

My nephew wants to know

October 22, 2014 · Collections ·

When new manuscript materials, whether a single item or a whole collection, come to CHS, I need to spend time getting to know the individuals whose names appear in the documents in order to put things into context.

Highways in Hartford

October 21, 2014 · Exhibits ·

I-84 cut through downtown Hartford, demolishing historic neighborhoods. I-91 traveled along the riverfront, blocking downtown from the Connecticut River.

Connecticut’s “Greatest Show on Earth”

October 20, 2014 · Collections ·

This familiar tagline may not only describe the travelling circus; it could aptly describe the man behind the entertainment.

Mourning in the 19th century

October 16, 2014 · Collections ·

Customs surrounding the mourning of deceased loved ones were prominent in the 19th century and the objects created around these practices tell quite a story.

William Blore proudly wrote his name inside his book of lace patterns. Ms 101711

William Blore’s lace pattern book

October 15, 2014 · Manuscripts ·

I wrote about the lace pattern book several years ago when we first acquired it and admitted I knew little of its history. Now I know more, thanks to William Blore’s descendant.

Everybody Makes Mistakes

October 14, 2014 · Collections ·

Nobody had anything good to say about the old Hartford Post Office. I thought surely when it was first erected it must have been much admired.

(Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling

October 13, 2014 · Collections ·

Last Thursday, October 2, was the opening of three awesome exhibitions here at the CHS, including the one that displays some of the work I’ve been cataloging for almost a year.

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.

(Re) Envisioning Hartford: Join the Conversations

October 9, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

We’re inviting CHS members, Hartford residents, and everyone from around Connecticut to join us thinking about Hartford from a variety of perspectives, from street level to neighborhood scope to bird’s eye view.

This amazing collection of Webster’s gear and personal belongings include diaries kept during his time in service. CHS 2014.141

“Had a touch of the chills & fever.”

Disease was the prime source of fatalities among soldiers in the American Civil War. The story of Private Myron D. Webster provides a more personal glimpse of this reality.

CHS Home School Day, October 6, 2014. Shadow an Archivist.

Shadowing an Archivist

October 8, 2014 · Collections ·

On Monday, October 6, CHS hosted home-schooled children and their parents for a day of workshops. I offered a session called “Shadow an Archivist” which 10 students attended. They were given a “collection” to review and process. These were copies of documents in a real collection from the Root family of Farmington, Connecticut.

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…

Connecticut Digital Archive

October 1, 2014 · Collections ·

Do you remember the 5″ floppy disc, 8-track tape and VHS? The technology that created these and other forms of media is now obsolete. That is why we are moving our digital assets to the Connecticut Digital Archive hosted by the University of Connecticut.

(Re)Building Bridgeport

September 30, 2014 · Collections ·

Bridgeport was originally a parish of Stratford and only became a separate town in 1821. An 1824 map shows its streets lined with houses—including several sea captains’ houses—and a few small businesses.

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…

Benjamin Talcott account book needs a new spine, among other things.

Talcott record books off for treatment

September 24, 2014 · Collections ·

Two Talcott account books, and several manuscript maps and documents went with archivist Barbara Austen to North Andover, Mass. for conservation.

“Nutmegger” Newsworthy

September 22, 2014 · Collections ·

Connecticut has used radio and television to cover everything from Americans on the moon to treasures “from the vault” in a fun and historic way.

Textiles: Where Science and History Meet

September 18, 2014 · Collections ·

Home School Day is nearly upon us. A new offering this year is a workshop discussing the point where textile history and textile science converge!

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”

The Artist and the Connecticut Landscape

September 16, 2014 · Collections ·

One of the things I like best about my job at CHS is the opportunity to network with other museum professionals throughout the state….

Musings on “Things”

September 15, 2014 · Collections ·

Listening to an episode of Radiolab while cooking dinner a couple of weeks ago, I started angrily defending the importance of “things” out loud to my cat, and thus, a blog post was born.

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.

Detail of the casting data on the Hartford fire alarm bell. CHS 1931.14.0

Sounding the Alarm…in a Big Way!

September 11, 2014 · Collections ·

In an age when apps are increasingly becoming a way to alert people to important news, it can be both fun and instructive to look at how emergency information could be transmitted a century ago.

American soldiers at the Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1777.

Still fighting the Revolution

September 10, 2014 · Collections ·

For the month of August I kept telling my husband nearly every day that I had been fighting the Revolutionary War all over again. And in a way, I was.

What is this?

September 9, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Our newest exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, showcases over 40 costumes form Hepburn’s illustrious film and stage career. “What is this?” posts have highlighted an object from the exhibit and explored its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

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