Discover Connecticut History



Discover Connecticut History

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Educator Resources

History in a Nutshell

Looking for quick, history lessons and follow-up activities for your class? Look no further! Incorporate these CT history snapshots into your classroom on your schedule. All of these lessons are inquiry-based and feature a variety of primary sources from our vast museum collection.

History in Our Backyard

History in Our Backyard is an online resource that utilizes Google Earth to connect you with the CHS’s collection and the history of Connecticut. Teachers and parents can utilize this interactive map and associated lesson plans to teach the history of their local community, as well as, larger state-wide and nation-wide themes.

Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops provide teachers with practical information, materials, and classroom strategies for integrating hands-on, inquiry-based social studies teaching in their schools. Workshops take advantage of our exhibitions, knowledgeable staff, and extensive collections and focus on the skills outlined in the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks and Common Core State Standards.

History To Go

History To Go Bags are a great way for kids to experience hands-on, history fun in their home! Each bag explores a different history topic and includes background history, activity instructions, and materials and supplies for the craft.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
Always by appointment only.


One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105