• Try out Colonial Life!

    Try out Colonial Life for yourself! Dress in some “everyday” clothes, make a colonial meal, do some chores, or play a game.

  • The Revolutionary Theater at the Connecticut Historical Society

    This section explores what happened to some Connecticut people between 1775 and 1783

  • By the end of the 1600s, an English-based way of life dominated the Connecticut colony. Most people lived and worked on small farms, trading goods and going to church in small towns.

    By the end of the 1600s, an English-based way of life dominated the Connecticut colony. Most people lived and worked on small farms, trading goods and going to church in small towns.

  • From 1820 to 1865, Connecticut’s economy steadily changed from dependence on local agriculture and maritime trade with the Caribbean and southern states to one centered on industry.

  • Even after the industrial boom of the Civil War, Connecticut’s factories continued to make a remarkable variety of products,

Making Connecticut

Don’t miss this exhibit 400+ years in the making! Colorful, interactive, and filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents, Making Connecticut is the story of all the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today. Themes of daily life, clothing, transportation, sports and leisure, work, and social change run throughout the exhibit. Hands-on activities for kids (and adults!) include working a World War II assembly line, hand stenciling designs for a 19th-century chair, sewing a Native American moccasin, replacing bobbins in a textile mill, and cooking a meal and setting the table in both a colonial and a 1980s kitchen. Come be surprised, inspired, and amused as you explore our state’s past and your own place in “Making Connecticut.”

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Please note, CHS will be undergoing renovations from Aug 28 – Sept 6. During this time, we will not be wheelchair accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.