“What was it like when you were a kid?”
Since Fall 2015, we’ve been collecting objects, images, and stories about growing up in Connecticut. We’ve got an online gallery and an exhibit that explores four generations of childhood (born between 1930s–90s).
Thank you to everyone who submitted their “Growing Up” objects and stories. All submissions appear in the online gallery, and many of those objects are now on view in the exhibit at the CHS.
Can you think of toys, photographs, clothes, or other treasures from your childhood that you’d like to add to the online gallery?
In the form below (scroll down), please submit a photograph of your object and tell us why it was important in your life growing up in Connecticut. (All submissions will appear in the online gallery.) How does this work? Some FAQs:
Why is the CHS doing this exhibit?
Every generation grew up facing challenges and opportunities and experienced the emotional highs and lows of childhood and adolescence: common experiences everyone can remember and share at any age. But unique circumstances and events shaped each generation as well. To promote cross-generational understanding and conversation, the CHS is collecting objects and stories about growing up in Connecticut. We’re gathering and sharing these stories through an online gallery. The physical exhibit, Growing Up in Connecticut, is now open at the CHS.
What are the four generations covered in this project?
We are exploring four generations as defined by the Pew Research Center.
- Silent Generation – born between 1928-1945
- Baby Boomers – born between 1946-1964
- Generation X – born between 1965-1980
- Millennials – born between 1981-1996
What’s the difference between the online gallery and the exhibit at the CHS?
In the crowd-sourced online gallery, we’re collecting objects, images, and stories about growing up in Connecticut. The online gallery can be viewed now and will continue to grow.
The exhibit at the CHS was curated by the CHS exhibit team, drawing from the stories and objects of people around the state, including objects submitted to the online gallery.
Do I have to submit an image of the object?
No. But if you do, we can include the image in the online gallery.
Do I have to own the object?
No. It can be an object you own, but it doesn’t have to be. It could be an object you once owned, one you remember, or one you know about that was important to your life growing up in Connecticut.
Is there a deadline to submit my idea?
There is no submission deadline for the online gallery. However, the deadline for consideration in the physical exhibit, was March 1, 2016.
How were objects chosen for the exhibit at CHS?
Four generations of childhood memories is a lot of ground to cover. We looked for stories and objects that represented these different time periods, came from different parts of Connecticut, and represented the state’s diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
I have more questions!
Please contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling (860) 236-5621.