History To Go Bags are a great way to experience hands-on, history fun in your home! Each bag explores a different history topic and includes background history, activity instructions, and materials and supplies for the craft. We’ve also included a list of places around Connecticut that you can road trip to with our map or learn more by visiting their website.
The cost is $7 per kit for CHS members and $10 per kit for non-members. For questions or assistance placing an order, please contact Katerina Mazzacane, Youth and Family Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 860-236-5621 x222.
For information about History To Go Bags available for bulk orders of 30, 50, 80, or 100 for only $6 a bag, please scroll towards the bottom of the page.
Stories in the Stitches
Recommended ages 5–8
What kinds of stories can we learn from a quilt? How can the smallest details help reveal those stories? Look closely at a variety of quilts and discover some interesting tales from Connecticut’s past. Then, try to recreate popular quilting patterns and design your own quilt square!
Recommended ages 8–10
Have you ever played Pac-Man? What about Super Mario Bros.? Rewind to the 1980s and 1990s to explore some of the classic games and toys that were popular during that era. Then, reinvent the classic arcade games Pac-Man and Tetris, and play them as board games!
Whale of a State
Recommended ages 10–12
Ahoy mateys! It’s time to set sail! Discover what it was like to be a sailor on a whaling expedition in the 18th century. Then, learn to tie some maritime knots and make your own “scrimshaw!”
History To Go – Bulk Sales
Bags are available in bulk to historical societies, libraries, schools, and other organizations. Activity bags can be purchased in groups of 30, 50, 80, or 100, for only $6 a bag! Orders can be equally divided between either of the two available themes.
Orders can be picked up at the CHS or they can be delivered directly to your organization. Free delivery is available for anyone within a 15 mile radius of the CHS. Any organization beyond that radius will be charged a $10 delivery fee.
Bulk orders are available for the following kits:
Adventures with Art
Recommended ages: 3-4
Jump into the colorful world of art! Look closely at colors, textures, and shapes as you investigate different types of paintings. Using historic paintings from the CHS collection as inspiration, create a piece of artwork using pom poms, foam shapes, feathers, and more!
Stories in the Stitches
Recommended ages: 5-8
What kinds of stories can we learn from a quilt? How can the smallest details help reveal those stories? Look closely at a variety of quilts from the CHS collection, and discover some interesting tales from Connecticut’s past. Then, design your own quilt square!