New Collections at CHS

Mar 15, 2019 - May 11, 2019


Annually, in coordination with the Connecticut Spring Show sponsored by the Haddam Historical Society, the CHS mounts an exhibition that focuses on decorative arts from its collection. This year, the CHS’s exhibition will highlight new acquisitions inspired by the Spring Show’s theme Arts and Objects Through the Ages. The Connecticut Historical Society has collected objects, furniture, images, and ephemera since 1825. At any given time only 2-4% of our collection is on view. In this exhibit you will see some of the best new objects that have come in to the collection over the past four years. All of these objects were acquired because they help further CHS’s mission of connecting you to the story of Connecticut. Each object in this exhibit has a story which fits into the larger story of Connecticut’s history.

Items in the show will include a rare desk made by David Goodell (1753-1817) of Pomfret, CT, a landscape oil painting from 1873 by Isabella Vaill Waldo of Scotland, CT, straw hats worn by Katharine Hepburn, a peineta (hair comb) worn to the Puerto Rican Parade in Hartford, newspapers published by the Black Panther Party, and a thermometer made by the prestigious Hartford shop Kneeland & Adams.


The 46th Annual Connecticut Spring Show at the Hartford Armory and will be held the weekend of March 23 & 24. The theme of this year’s show is Arts and Objects Through the Ages. The CHS, along with other area museums, will be showcased to highlight Hartford’s numerous cultural venues, which make the city a desirable destination. Visit for more information.

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