History in our Backyard

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History in our Backyard

History in Our Backyard is an online resource that utilizes Google Earth to connect you with the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History’s collection as well as other archival resources to the history of Connecticut.  This interactive map is designed for students, teachers, and families to learn about the history of their local community and their state.  With the click of a button, connect to the historic people, events, buildings, and physical spaces in your community!

Teachers and parents can utilize this innovative tool and associated lesson plans to teach local history, as well as, larger state-wide and nation-wide themes. Families can even drive suggested routes to see these places in their community where history happened!

Tolland and Windham Counties are currently available.  Additional counties will be added in the future.

We always appreciate feedback from those who use our resources, tools, and programs. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and tell us about your experience!

Click on the links below to begin your journey!

Accompanying Lesson Plans

Download lesson plans below by clicking on the appropriate grade level.

Mills Mills Mills (Tolland and Windham counties)

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Museum Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Research Center Hours:

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