Homeschool Days at the Connecticut Historical Society offer programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give families the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops, tour our galleries, and connect with other homeschool families.
Short workshops around a variety of topics are taught throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few classes as they like, and workshops appropriate for different ages are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element.
- October 2, 2017
- March 19, 2018
- Each workshop is $5 per student for CHS members and $8 per student for non-members.
- For the full day (three workshops), the fee is $12 for CHS members and $20 for non-members.
- The fee for parents is $4 for the day. Parents must remain in the building at all times.
- Maximum cost of $75 per family.
- Throughout the day, our auditorium space will be available with drop-in, self-led toys, crafts, and coloring sheets for siblings ages 4 and under.
- Registration will open soon for Homeschool Day in October.
Sample Program Schedule (from March 2017)
When I Grow Up
10:00 – 10:45 AM: Inventor’s Workshop
Learn about the exciting work of an inventor. Explore the different inventions created by Connecticut men and women in the Connecticut Innovates! exhibit, then step into the workshop to create your own inventions.
11:00 – 11:45 AM: Colonial Farmer
What was farming and cooking like a long time ago? Help us “cook” dinner as we learn about the natural resources of Connecticut, try out different jobs from colonial era kitchens, and make and eat our own butter.
12:30 – 1:15 PM: Artist’s Studio
Put on your smock and be an artist for the afternoon! Get inspired by works of art in the CHS collection, then use our materials and create your own masterpiece to take home.
10:00 – 10:45 AM: Stitches and Stories
Read between the rows and discover the stories behind the needlework in the CHS collection. See what embroidery reveals about the lives of Connecticut women, and try out your own needlework project.
11:00 – 11:45 AM: Secrets of the Painting Room
Shh! Join us as we go to restricted areas of the CHS to explore the portraits and paintings in the collection. Learn about the history and symbols found in paintings, and then make your own art to take home.
12:30 – 1:15 PM: Inside the Haversack: Perspectives on the Civil War
Discover what life was like on the battlefront and at home during the Civil War. Go behind-the-scenes and examine Civil War artifacts, images, and documents and compare the different perspectives and experiences of Connecticut men and women during this tumultuous time.
10:00 – 10:45 AM: The Revolutionary War in Connecticut
Explore the stories of Connecticut men and women, Patriots and Loyalists, and soldiers and civilians through the clothing, objects, and documents they left behind. Decide if you would be a Patriot or a Loyalist, and decode an encrypted letter sent by a Connecticut Patriot.
11:00 – 11:45 AM: Girls of 1839
Examine the lives of two Connecticut girls through their own words and creations– a young white abolitionist whose understanding of slavery was transformed by her encounters with the Amistad captives, and a young African American girl living in freedom during a time of slavery.
12:30 – 1:15 PM: Springs, Sockets, and Submarines
What do springs, electric sockets, and submarines have in common? They’re all Connecticut inventions that changed the world! Working in the Connecticut Innovates! exhibit we’ll explore the conditions necessary for innovation and the impact made by these inventions in the 20th and 21st centuries.