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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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It’s 2015. Got a List?

January 2, 2015 · Exhibits

What is one thing that makes Connecticut, Connecticut? We’ve got a list going here, and you need to add your two cents.

history of hartford connecticut

The “Four Builds” – The History of Hartford, Connecticut

December 16, 2014 · Exhibits

Houses, apartments, businesses, schools, places of worship. Like all cities, Hartford’s built environment—its physical structures and shape—has changed over time for many different reasons.

50 Objects / 50 Stories: What do YOU think?

December 5, 2014 · Exhibits

Your help is needed. The Connecticut Historical Society is on a “treasure hunt.” If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be?

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.

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.

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…

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…

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”

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?

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 1

September 5, 2014 · Exhibits

I’ve been working with documentary photographer Pablo Delano as we prepare to install his October show. Pablo has been photographing Hartford since 2008…

What is this?

July 29, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

What is this?

July 15, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Celebrate America at Muzzy Field

July 4, 2014 · Exhibits

If you’re looking for something to do this Independence weekend (between barbecues and World Cup games that I do not authorize you to skip), what could be more appropriate than visiting one of this country’s oldest baseball parks, right here in Connecticut? Today kicks off Bristol’s 100th Anniversary Celebration of Muzzy Field, a family event…
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What is this?

June 17, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Hepburn: So Good It’s Scary

June 6, 2014 · Exhibits

Only the greatest actors can inhabit a character so fully that you forget who’s who. Daniel Day-Lewis is not Daniel Day-Lewis. He IS Abraham Lincoln. He IS Hawkeye. Christian Bale IS retired boxer Dicky Ecklund. Adam Sandler IS . . . Adam Sandler. This is my way of complimenting Katharine Hepburn. If she wasn’t a…
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What is this?

June 3, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

What is this?

May 20, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Creating Participatory Exhibitions; Our Try It! Gallery

May 16, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits

With all of the warranted hoopla surrounding our blockbuster exhibition, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, it’s easy to overlook other exhibitions at the Connecticut Historical Society. One exhibition that’s interactive and fun for all ages is Try It! Connecticut Places, People, Collections, & Me.

What is this?

May 6, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Pants are optional

May 2, 2014 · Exhibits

Have we had enough posts yet about Katharine Hepburn and her pants? I’ll let you decide, and to be precise for you Hepburn fans, they’re slacks, not pants. SLACKS. Hepburn was a fashion icon, and her embrace of slacks in a world of feminine Hollywood starlets upended the fashion status quo and encouraged women everywhere…
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What is this?

April 22, 2014 · Collections, 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 will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Katharine Hepburn: Rebellious and Sporty

April 18, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits

Over the past couple of weeks while preparing for the opening of Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, I’ve been thinking a lot about Katharine Hepburn. One thing that I keep going back to is her parents – and how much they must have influenced her. Hepburn loved sports and was fiercely competitive. Her…
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Fancy Pants

April 14, 2014 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits

Pants running. Pants standing. Best of all, pants doing a handstand. Pants are a perfect symbol of Katharine Hepburn’s unconventional approach to fashion and her exceptional Hollywood career. Decades before mainstream American women would dare to wear pants to work, Hepburn wore jeans on the studio lot in the early 1930s. The story goes that…
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Hepburn Comes Home

April 10, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits

The anticipation has been building for weeks.  All of us here at CHS have been excited to bring Katharine Hepburn home to Hartford in the form of an exhibition on loan from the Kent State University Museum called “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen.”  Well…on Thursday of last week she finally arrived and the…
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What is this?

April 8, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits

Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it? To find out more,

Goodwin College and the Connecticut River

April 4, 2014 · Exhibits

I just finished a project over at Goodwin College in East Hartford: installing 4 large historic photographs of the Connecticut River in the school’s new library. Goodwin’s campus is located along the Connecticut River, and the Hoffman Family Library offers impressive views with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the riverfront. Goodwin approached us with the…
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Connecticut’s Modern Women Photographers and Their Fine Art Processes

March 17, 2014 · Education, Exhibits

On March 29, the temporary exhibition Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers will be wrapping up, which means that the various events and presentations and tours that I’ve been doing are also just about over.

No Connection

March 7, 2014 · Exhibits

Lately when I walk through our current exhibit, Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers, the smart little iPad mounted on the gallery wall has been staring back at me with three heart-rending words: “No Internet Connection.” Is that a cry for help? “I need you!” Or an accusation? “I have no connection and…
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What is this?

February 25, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits

Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

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