The Sole of Connecticut: A History of Connecticut Shoes

Oct 13, 2016 - Jan 14, 2017

Shoes have stories to tell. They reveal early crafting techniques and the enterprise of shoemaking, from materials, methods, artistry, and manufacturers to maintenance and repair.

Developed in partnership with Public History graduate students at Central Connecticut State University, this exhibit will feature more than 30 pairs of shoes and related artifacts and images from the CHS collection, exploring how shoes have shaped the economy, cultural life, and the very landscape and environment of Connecticut. From the early republic to the contemporary, shoes have protected our soles and still offer something to say about the people, the place, and the times—if we listen closely to their footsteps.

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