CHS in the News

The Connecticut Historical Society Receives $219,385 in Federal Funding for Community Historian Project

August 17, 2021 ·

THE CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES $219,385 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HISTORIAN PROJECT    HARTFORD, CT – The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) has been awarded $219,385 through the Museums for America grants by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The Museums for America program supports projects that advance the ability of museums to…
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The Connecticut Historical Society Partners with Hartford Food System, Bringing a Mobile Market to New Neighborhoods

January 7, 2021 ·

The CHS has a new partnership with Hartford Food System to serve as a weekly location for their Mobile Market program. Each Tuesday now through March 2021, from 11am – 12pm, the Mobile Market will be on-site at 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, which is located on the western edge of the Asylum Hill Neighborhood. 

The Connecticut Historical Society to Exhibit Photos from 1965 Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

November 17, 2020 ·

The CHS has partnered with the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library to bring Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein to CHS from January 28, 2021 through June 5, 2021. This exhibition features stunning and historic photographs by Stephen Somerstein, taken during the 1965 five-day, 54-mile march made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, and many others.

Connecticut Historical Society Names Three New Trustees

October 30, 2020 ·

The Connecticut Historical Society continues its commitment to growing a diverse and prestigious Board of Trustees with the recent election of three new members, during the 2020 annual Members’ Meeting. Dr. dann Broyld, George Jepson, and David Klein were each elected to a three-year term.

Remember and Honor Loved Ones Together with a Community Ofrenda

September 28, 2020 ·

Celebrate Día de Muertos! Share your memories and celebrate your loved ones who have passed by uploading digital photos, drawings, messages, and audio/video recordings at the CHS website through October 16.

The Connecticut Historical Society needs your help documenting life during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic

April 15, 2020 ·

Memes about time travelers stumbling into the unexpected events of 2020 abound on social media right now but 100 years from now how will historians tell the story? To document this historic moment, the Connecticut Historical Society is seeking stories, pictures and videos about life in Connecticut during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. The…
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The CHS Spotlights the State’s LGBTQ History

June 13, 2019 ·

The LGBTQ community in Connecticut has been centuries in the making. To highlight the personal experiences, legal milestones, and communal push into open society, The Connecticut Historical Society has developed a new traveling exhibit and digital timeline telling the state’s unique LGBTQ story. The exhibit, which was developed in collaboration with Central Connecticut State University,…
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The Connecticut Historical Society Names New CEO

March 13, 2019 ·

Following a nationwide search, The Connecticut Historical Society’s Board of Trustees has named Robert Kret, former director of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. as new CEO. Kret will take the helm of the CHS in May, continuing the Society’s mission to serve the people of Connecticut by preserving and sharing stories, manuscripts,…
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West Hartford artist awarded grant to mentor apprentice

January 2, 2019 ·

West Hartford News – In an effort to support and encourage the preservation of skilled traditional arts and crafts, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society announces its 2018-2019 grant recipients. Read More

Post-WWII evolution of the American backyard at CHS

December 29, 2018 ·

Hartford Courant – Temperatures hover in freezing zone. But Connecticut Historical Society has its mind on a warmer time of the year, when suburbanites put on swimsuits, unfold chaise lounges, pour lemonade and light grills. “Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard,” which originated at Smithsonian Institution, chronicles the post-WWII changes in how Americans…
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‘Hamilton: His World, His Words, His Hair’ exhibits at Conn. Historical Society

November 19, 2018 ·

The Middletown Press — As Hartford prepares for the musical “Hamilton” to come to town, the Connecticut Historical Society presents its newest exhibit, “Hamilton: His World, His Words, His Hair.” Read More

Points of Interest with LRB

October 26, 2018 ·

Learn more about the history of the Connecticut Historical Society with Chief Curator, Ilene Frank. Listen to the interview

Women On Wheels: How Bicycles Paved A Road To Social Change

October 19, 2018 ·

Bicycles helped inspire modern cars, paved roads…even airplanes! But did you know they were also an inspiration for the women’s movement? This hour we take a look back in time at the origins of the bicycle, including innovation that happened right here in Connecticut. We find out the history of how this vehicle spurred social…
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Merrill: Suffragettes Were No ‘ Shrinking Violets’; New Commission Celebrates Women’s Movement


Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, and First Lady Annie Lamont kicked off a year-long celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement on Thursday. The trio helped gather hundreds of women from all over the state in the House chamber for Thursday’s opening ceremony for…
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Hartford Business Journal – Advocacy Day

April 24, 2018 ·

Cultural nonprofits head to state Capitol touting $830M economic impact

CHS on WNPR’s Where We Live

January 25, 2018 ·

Connecticut Historical Society celebrates the bond between artists and their apprentices with the exhibit; “Passing It On: Traditional Arts Apprenticeships.”

Artists Showcase Work At Open Studio Hartford

November 30, 2017 ·

The Sewing Circle Project at CHS for Open Studio

Witches in Connecticut

October 31, 2017 ·

Participants learned about Connecticut furniture and needlework at the Connecticut Historical Society.

Hartford’s World-Class Cultural Resources

September 6, 2017 ·

Participants learned about Connecticut furniture and needlework at the Connecticut Historical Society.

CHS Exhibit Reflects Queen Victoria’s Influence On Fashion

August 22, 2017 ·

Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant visits CHS for the for Victorian Fashion exhibit.

Connecticut Historical Society Offers Lesson On State Government For Hawley Students

February 8, 2017 ·

The Newtown Bee reports that Hawley Elementary School fourth grade students were treated to a lesson on the state government when Connecticut Historical Society Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs Corinne Swanson visited the school on Thursday, January 5.

Tracking the Leatherman’s Stops

February 7, 2017 ·

WCVB-TV, channel 5, an ABC-affiliated television station located in Boston, Massachusetts released a segment about the Leatherman’s path through Connecticut.

Living in a state of innovation: Getting to the roots of Connecticut creativity

January 6, 2017 ·

The Republican-American writes: In the middle of the 19th century, Connecticut held more patents per capita than any other state. In 2014, the state ranked dead last among all 50 states in job creation. What happened? Read more of the article at

Generations of Struggle on Hartford Public Access

December 8, 2016 ·

On September 22, 2016, Hartford Public Access Television recorded the CHS event, “Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights.”

Growing Up In Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society Transports Us Back In Time

August 25, 2016 ·

Naedine Joy Hazell from the Hartford Courant writes: Does the sight of a 1960s Friendly’s waitress uniform transport you back in time? Read more of the article, here.

CHS Exhibit ‘Growing Up In Connecticut’ Spans Four Generations

August 1, 2016 ·

Angie Derosa of the Hartford Courant visited the CHS and interviewed Lead Exhibit Developer, Ben Gammell about Growing Up in Connecticut.

Atlas Obscura: Exploring America’s Largest Collection of Early Tavern Signs

May 19, 2016 ·

Luke Spencer from Atlas Obscura visited CHS and added the tavern sign collection to the ever-growing encyclopedia of curious places around the world.

The CHS on CBS Sunday Morning

March 28, 2016 ·

CBS Sunday Morning visited the CHS on February 22, 2016 to film a segment about the history of guns in America. Author Pamela Haag was interviewed in the Waterman Research Center and Chief Executive Officer’s office. Some examples of gun usage from the CHS collection were highlighted in the segment.        

Face the State: Flashback to flooding in downtown Hartford

March 10, 2016 ·

On March 3, 2016, Chief Curator Ilene Frank visited Dennis House at Eyewitness News 3 to discuss the 1936 Flood of Hartford. WFSB 3 Connecticut

Real Hartford: “Hartford Seen: Layers of a City”

October 27, 2014 ·

“Hartford’s unique history and how it manifests itself in the visual” is part of what provoked Pablo Delano to build his portfolio of street photography.

CHS From the Vault: September Edition-“Tragedies”

September 4, 2014 ·

This month Executive Director Jody Blankenship and Research & Collections Associate Karen DePauw join FoxCT’s anchor Tim Lammers for another edition of From the Vault, this time focusing on tragedies in Connecticut.

CHS From the Vault: August Edition-“Communities”

August 7, 2014 ·

This month Executive Director Jody Blankenship and Research & Collections Associate Karen DePauw join FoxCT’s anchor Tim Lammers for another edition of From the Vault, this time focusing on communities in Connecticut.

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