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Kat’s Creative Corner: Colonial Cooking

July 8, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: Why the Long Face?

July 1, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: Magical Museums

June 24, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: The Nutmeg State

June 17, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

Connect with us on Facebook to share your favorite nutmeg recipe! Download the baked apple recipe here!

Kat’s Creative Corner: Fun in the Sun

June 10, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: Adventures with Art

June 3, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: Celebrating Family

May 27, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: What’s in the Toy Box?

May 20, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: That’s Wacky!

May 6, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: May Day

April 29, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: Sports

April 26, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: Mapping CT

April 25, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Objects Tell Stories: Whaling

April 19, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: Say Cheese

April 18, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: What’s Your Story?

April 12, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

Download our pre-made journal pages here!

Kat’s Creative Corner: Earth Day Birthday Part 2

April 11, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

Click here to make your own upcycled bird feeder!

Objects Tell Stories: What is a Collection?

April 5, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

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Kat’s Creative Corner: Earth Day Birthday Part 1

April 4, 2020 · Education, Programs and Events

Download the scavenger hunt Share your findings with us on Facebook!

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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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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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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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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Inspired by Designs from Long Ago, Families Created Valentine’s Day Cards

February 8, 2015 · Education

On February 7th, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), with support from Berkshire Bank, hosted a program for children and their families to create personal and unique Valentine’s Day cards inspired by Valentines from long ago. With snow falling on the ground, this event was well attended with many creative designs made.        …
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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.

Summer Time= Recharging Teachers

July 11, 2014 · Education

I usually talk about my past teaching experiences in the blog posts; so I thought I would switch it up and talk a little about the work here in the museum. Since I will doing a good deal of editing and writing for our new website this month, I decide to just to a quick…
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Switching Gears for the Summer

June 30, 2014 · Education

Summer is here, which means less teaching for the education staff. We still have summer programs, but we are not as busy in July and August. The lighter teaching schedule gives me a little down time to breathe, work on the website, and reflect on my teaching this year. 

Flowers are Blooming!

June 14, 2014 · Education

Summer is right around the corner – the weather is getting warmer, the grass has turned a brighter green, and flowers are popping up in gardens all over the state! Perhaps one of the most amazing Connecticut gardens to view at this time of year is the Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park (Hartford, CT). The…
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Being a Teacher- Part Two

June 2, 2014 · Education

Teaching in a museum setting is such a different experience than teaching in a school. As a museum educator I have a chance to work off of lesson plans,with no homework or tests, to grade. The students are there to have fun and most of the time they are excited to be out of the…
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