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Keimani Q Delpeche

A spectacular exhibit. An enduring partnership.

August 19, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits, Latest News

By Lynne Williamson and Jody Blankenship In June, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP) became a part of the Connecticut Historical Society. Originally developed by and based at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford since 1991, CHAP is a wonderful program that works with communities across the state to document and share all…
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Sampler by Susanna Spencer in 1761

The pre-Revolutionary world of a young Connecticut needleworker

August 5, 2015 · CHS Buzz

By Ilene Frank Ilene Frank recently joined the Connecticut Historical Society as chief curator. From time to time, she’ll write about what’s new with the collection, educational programs and exhibitions. Why do museums keep collecting objects? In this day of digital imagery, can’t a picture be enough? What does a diary, or a skirt, or…
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Callie & Melissa with Bathing Suits

Summer Interns Create Beach Display at the CHS

July 23, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits

Callie Prince and Melissa Traub are this year’s Dangremond Museum Studies Interns at the Connecticut Historical Society. Through this ten-week internship, they are gaining exposure to different aspects of the museum field. Melissa and Callie’s first assignment was in developing and setting up a new display, Trends in the Tides: Connecticut’s Beaches that opened July…
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Apollo 13 Movie Poster

This Wednesday @CTHistorical: A Movie Under (and about!) the Stars

July 13, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits, Latest News

Houston, we really have a problem, due to inclement weather, tonight’s showing of Apollo 13 has been cancelled, and rescheduled to next week, July 22, at 8:15 pm, doors open at 7:00 for access to the Connecticut 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit.

An Animated Discussion

Connecting & Building Communities

July 10, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News

In the summer of 2014, the exhibit Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Screen and Stage was on display at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). I had just begun to work at the welcome desk and was impressed by the droves of people who visited the exhibit every day.

Ice

Enjoying summer, remembering (and still recovering from) winter

July 1, 2015 · CHS Buzz

By Kevin Hughes, Director of Administration at the CHS Summer is upon us and warm weather beckons us outdoors. In many respects, February is a distant memory. Or is it? February 2015 in Hartford was one for the record books. With an average daily temperature of 16 degrees, it eclipsed the old record of 16.5…
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Reading to Baby

Hands-On History: Home School Days at CHS

June 26, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Education, Latest News

By Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs at the CHS Last week, the CHS education staff wrapped up our last school programs for the 2014-2015 school year, bringing a very busy year to a close. However, even after all the school buses left, we held our Home School Day: Summer Kick-Off on Monday,…
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Jewelry Fashioned From Spoons

The CHS Gift Shop: Featured Items for Summer

June 17, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News

By Sara Plante, Visitor Services Associate With the arrival of the glorious summer months, comes the desire to take advantage of the freedom the warm weather provides. As you find yourself out and about, don’t forget the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS)! Escape the heat, visit our new exhibit Connecticut 50 Objects/50 Stories, and of course,…
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Waterbury Brass Buttons

All About That Brass

By Tasha Caswell, Research & Collections Associate, the Connecticut Historical Society How often do you think about the buttons on your clothes? Unless you’re into fashion or design, you probably don’t think about them that much (unless one falls off). I know I don’t. Maybe you’ll be surprised at how much impact such small objects…
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Kids Having Fun at the Connecticut Historical Society

Look, Listen and Touch: Kids and Museums

June 3, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Education, Exhibits, Latest News

By Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs at the Connecticut Historical Society Do you have a childhood memory of visiting a museum with your class or family? During these visits, did you ever feel that if your voice rose above a whisper, or if you dared to try to touch something, that you…
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Schaghticoke Wedding Dress

My Favorite Wedding Dress? It’s Made of Leather

By Sierra Dixon, Research and Collections Associate, Connecticut Historical Society One of my favorites is a handmade wedding dress that was produced by the late Maisie Shenandoah, Clan Mother of the Oneida Indian Nation. The wedding dress was made for her relative Butch Laydem’s fiancée, Kay Kayser, of the Schaghticoke tribe, which spanned the area…
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Hogan's Heroes

Colonel Hogan, Meet Major French

May 29, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Education, Manuscripts

By Jill Padelford, Development Services Associate for the CHS Those of us of a certain age may remember the outrageous hijinks of the POWs in the 1960s comedy Hogan’s Heroes. (Some interesting trivia: Waterbury, CT native Bob Crane portrayed Colonel Hogan in that popular show.) Working from within a German stalag, the heroes of the…
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Chairs, Clocks and Signs

Decorative Arts Study Day with Dr. Philip Zimmerman

By Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager of the Connecticut Historical Society On May 21, CHS welcomed a group of Decorative Arts enthusiasts who spent the whole day literally turning things upside down under the expert guidance of Dr. Philip Zimmerman, a museum and decorative arts consultant, author, and nationally recognized authority on early American furniture. Focusing…
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50 Objects/50 Stories Sponsors

Crowd-Sourcing Connecticut’s Past

May 25, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits, Latest News

By 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…
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CHS President Bichop Nawrot

Welcome, Bichop Nawrot, Larry Mowell and Don Williams!

May 22, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News

By Jody Blankenship, CHS Executive Director We’re pleased to welcome Bichop Nawrot as the CHS’s recently-elected president of the board. Bichop has served on our board for a decade, much of that time as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. He also worked on the strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Director Hiring Committee….
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Recognizing CHS volunteers: A huge thank you to our outgoing president and board members

May 21, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News

By Jody Blankenship, CHS Executive Director On behalf of the Connecticut Historical Society’s board and staff, I want to thank three individuals who will be leaving or taking a new position on the Board of Trustees, Lynn Szwaja, Chief Charles Teale and Paul Beach. Lynn Szwaja is completing her second term as a CHS trustee….
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Space Suit

50 Objects. 50 Stories. Endless Conversations.

by Jody Blankenship, Executive Director, Connecticut Historical Society What’s your Connecticut story? At the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), we’re highlighting 50 Connecticut-defining items in our new exhibit, Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories. In parallel, the exhibit’s online gallery has 150 items and that number continues to grow! Earlier this week, more than 220 CHS members and…
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Hygrothermograph

How Does CHS Preserve Its Historic Treasures?

By Tasha Caswell, Research and Collections Associate at the CHS  Here at the Connecticut Historical Society, we do a lot of preservation work. Preservation is different from conservation – when an item is preserved, it is not altered; rather, steps are taken to protect it from deterioration. Conservation, on the other hand, involves physically treating the…
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Wayne Hilt Examines a Pewter Pitcher

CHS Hosts the Pewter Collector’s Club of America

On Saturday, May 16, the Connecticut Historical Society hosted 35 members of the Pewter Collector’s Club of America who have come from all over the U.S. to study the CHS’s remarkable pewter collection. Expert Wayne Hilt leads the discussion. For more information about the Pewter Collector’s Club of America, go to www.pewtercollectorsclub.org. About the Connecticut…
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picture of the Connecticut Historical Society

191 Years of Telling Connecticut’s Story. A new era of community-fed interpretation.

May 11, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Education, Exhibits, Latest News

by Jody Blankenship, executive director of the Connecticut Historical Society On May 30, 1825 thirty-one men from across the state of Connecticut met at the State House for the first meeting of the newly chartered Connecticut Historical Society. At this gathering The Rev. Thomas Robbins gave remarks on the “objects of the Society,” the members…
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Brochure in 2 Languages

Windham Textile & History Museum Teaches Us How to Share Connecticut’s History in Two Languages

May 10, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Education

El Museo Textil e Histórico de Windham Nos Enseña a Compartir La Historia de Connecticut en Dos Idiomas By Gerson Escobar-Arroyo, Member Relations Associate, Connecticut Historical Society Author’s Note: This blog is the first of what will be regular bilingual (English and Spanish) posts that share Connecticut’s diverse history with its Hispanic/Latino citizens. Is your…
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Lester Smith: Suffield’s Historian Extraordinaire

May 6, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Education, Latest News

Curiosity comes naturally to an engineer, and that is what sparked Lester Smith’s passion for history. A former trustee of the Connecticut Historical Society and now the historian and curator for the Suffield Historical Society, Lester has dedicated decades to research and the preservation of Suffield’s history. Although his initial curiosity veered towards cartography (his…
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Exploring Connecticut’s Haute Fashion History

By Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager, CHS The costume and textile storage on the CHS’s third floor is my favorite space in the Connecticut Historical Society museum. Every time I go up there, I get a shiver down my spine thinking of all the stories that go with all the dresses and uniforms and even…
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Put Yourself on the Map

April 29, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Education, Latest News

By Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs, Connecticut Historical Society I’m a huge fan of maps. When studying history, maps are essential for getting a visual, concrete understanding of the places where events take place. They can be incredibly powerful in influencing the way we think (Remember the episode of “The West Wing” where C.J….
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Thomas Barber, a detective with the Hartford Police Department

Little Miss 1565

April 23, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Latest News

By Barbara Austen, Archivist, Connecticut Historical Society  CHS recently received the archive of Thomas Barber, a detective with the Hartford Police Department. In 1944, he was one of the men charged with identifying the bodies found in the Hartford Circus Fire that July. It always haunted him that no one identified or claimed a young girl;…
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CHS Gift Shop

The CHS Gift Shop: Featured Items for Spring

April 22, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Latest News

By Sara Plante, Visitor Service Associate, Connecticut Historical Society.  As the winter finally wanes and spring unfolds, opportunities to explore our state and take pleasure in nature increase. As you venture out to enjoy the warming weather and general greenery, consider a stop at the Connecticut Historical Society’s gift shop. We carry many Connecticut-made items…
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Hartford’s Little Italy on Front Street

Hartford’s “Little Italy” on Front Street

April 17, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections

By Mike Messina, Interpretive Projects Associate, Connecticut Historical Society. This post originally appeared on ConnecticutHistory.org (CT Humanities) and WNPR.org Stay tuned for WTNH-TV News 8’s in-depth series on Connecticut’s Italian communities, coming the week of May 4!  In the early 1900s, Hartford was a booming economic center. Italy, on the other hand, suffered both economically and…
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From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms

A Century of Connecticut Fashion Discussed

March 24, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News

The Connecticut Historical Society’s “From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms: A Century of Connecticut Fashion” road show has drawn people from all over the state who are interested in the history of style. On March 18, Karen DePauw, research and collections associate at Connecticut Historical Society, gave a fascinating presentation on clothing from the Civil War…
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Robert Gregson

CT Historical Society and TheaterWorks Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford

February 23, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News

Hartford, Conn., February 19, 2015: Continuing in its effort to bring the resources of its museum into the community, the Connecticut Historical Society has partnered with TheaterWorks to present a satellite exhibit that visually explores the presence of arts and culture organizations in downtown Hartford with an emphasis on how they were affected by urban…
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Press Release

We Have Expanded Our Hours!

February 10, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Latest News

Starting February 10, 2015, there are expanded hours at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). The new hours are Tuesday-Thursday 12:00 – 5:00 pm, and Friday-Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 pm. Full service will be offered in Waterman Research Center during all public hours. Click here for more information about the Waterman Research Center.

Online Manuscripts

Microfilmed Manuscripts are Now Available Online

February 6, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections

Last year, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to digitize microfilmed manuscript collections to make them available on the Connecticut Digital Archive. Highlights of online collections include: Samson Occom, Governor Thomas Fitch, John Trumbull (poet) and John Trumbull (artist) as well as parts of Silas…
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The Connecticut Historical Society

The Connecticut Historical Society’s Path Forward

February 1, 2015 · CHS Buzz

The Connecticut Historical Society’s Path Forward The values each of us hold dear, and the choices we make as free individuals, are heavily influenced by what we draw from experience. An informed appreciation of history enables each of us to appropriate the wealth of accumulated human experience beyond our own. Useful history provides context for…
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Curtis Veeder

Celebrating the Life of Curtis Veeder!

January 31, 2015 · CHS Buzz

On January 31, 2015, will be Curtis Veeder’s 153rd birthday. Curtis Veeder received his first patent at the age of 18 for a new type of bicycle seat. He started his own company in 1895 in Hartford, the Veeder Manufacturing Company, to produce cyclometers – distance trackers for bicycles. The company soon expanded to other…
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Press Release

CT Historical Society Names Richard J. Tuchman Chief Development Officer

January 21, 2015 · CHS Buzz

Hartford, Conn, January 22, 2015 – Richard J. Tuchman has been named chief development officer for the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). Tuchman, a prominent Connecticut fundraising professional, began in the position January 12. Before joining CHS, Tuchman served as vice president for university advancement at the University of New Haven. With nearly three decades of…
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A Behind-the-Scenes Tour Season Pass is the Perfect Gift for your favorite History Nut!

December 8, 2014 · CHS Buzz

Give the gift of a special history experience! Unique Behind-the-Scenes Tours take visitors to hidden areas of the museum to see treasures not featured in public exhibits.

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.

(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.

What if I lost this?!?

September 8, 2014 · CHS Buzz

To make sure I have my bad pictures for all eternity, or at least until I send them to Awkward Family Photos, I’m going to pay attention to the experts at Save Your Photos Day on Saturday, September 27 10:00 am — 12:00 noon here at CHS.

What made Katharine Hepburn Nervous?

July 14, 2014 · CHS Buzz

Not many things made Katharine Hepburn nervous, but the prospect of meeting French fashion icon Coco Chanel had her worried.

Got Style?

June 9, 2014 · CHS Buzz

Katharine Hepburn was stunning wearing this grey silk marquisette gown in Stage Door (1937), but the beautiful draping of organza and chiffon of silk crepe de chine is just the start of the story this dress tells about how movies were made in the 1930s and how museums research and restore the items in their…
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