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The Connecticut Historical Society Announces Smithsonian Affiliation

October 6, 2016 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., (OCT 6) – Against the backdrop of the “Treasury Guard” flag which draped President Lincoln’s box at the Ford’s Theatre the night he was assassinated, the Connecticut Historical Society announced it had joined forces with the Smithsonian Institution.  As a new Affiliate of the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, the CHS…
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CHS Receives $300,000 Grant from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

September 6, 2016 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., (September 6, 2016) – The Collection Digitization and Universal Access Project at the Connecticut Historical Society has received a $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.  The award allows the CHS to hire a project manager, data entry technician and application developer responsible for preserving photographs, maps, manuscripts, documents, and other…
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CHS Receives $70,000 NEA Funds for Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program

August 17, 2016 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., (August 17, 2016) – As part of its most recent major funding announcement, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $70,000 to the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) to support the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) exhibits and events.  This funding comes from the NEA’s Art Works category which supports the creation…
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The Connecticut Historical Society Elects New Trustees

July 20, 2016 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn. (July 2016) – The Connecticut Historical Society membership has elected Portia Corbett and Dr. Stacey Close to its Board of Trustees.  As members of the board, Ms. Corbett and Dr. Close will help the CHS fulfill its mission to “connect you and the story of Connecticut” through exhibits, special events, guest speakers and…
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Alfred Rivera and Amor y Cultura perform Puerto Rican música tipica at the Connecticut Historical Society

July 12, 2016 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn.—On July 21 (rain date July 22), the Connecticut Historical Society will present a free outdoor concert of Puerto Rican folk music as part of its Third Thursdays performance series.  The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the CHS at One Elizabeth St. in Hartford. Visitors are encouraged to…
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Fiddlers, Guitars, Accordions and Steel Drums Highlight Free Outdoor Summer Concerts at the Connecticut Historical Society

June 17, 2016 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn. – This summer, the traditional sounds of French Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean are celebrated during three free concerts on the beautiful grounds of The Connecticut Historical Society. The performances, which will be held June 16, July 21, and August 18, begin at 6 p.m. on the CHS grounds at One Elizabeth…
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August Adventures Brings “Time Travelers” and “History Detectives” to Life for Kids at the Connecticut Historical Society:

Hartford, Conn.–– In an effort to avoid end-of-summer doldrums, the Connecticut Historical Society introduces four August Adventures hands-on and creative programs for children age 5-12. Each session includes a variety of indoor and outdoor programming for children to discover Connecticut’s history, explore life in the past, “solve” history mysteries and explore some innovations and inventions…
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“Growing Up in Connecticut” Transports Visitors Back to their Childhoods at the Connecticut Historical Society May 24-Oct. 15

Hartford, Conn.– If you grew up in Connecticut, you probably remember going to a Whaler’s hockey game, or playing early video games, or wearing over-the-shoes roller skates, or perhaps even going to a one-room schoolhouse. Childhood experiences create shared memories that help define each generation – which now have been collected and are on display…
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“Growing Up in Connecticut” Exhibit Receives $25,000 Grant from Connecticut Humanities

April 20, 2016 · Press Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lindsay Ryan Jensen, Ryan Marketing, 860.519.5526 Hartford, (April 15, 2016) – The Connecticut History Society received a competitive grant from Connecticut Humanities for nearly $25,000 to help fund its “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit.  This grant enables the CHS to gather childhood memories and artifacts from Connecticut residents to…
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An Evening with “America’s Photographer,” Carol M. Highsmith, to Discuss “Connecticut Captured” Photo Exhibit at Connecticut Historical Society

February 18, 2016 · Press Releases

HARTFORD, CONN., (February 18, 2016) – Renowned photographer, Carol M. Highsmith, will give a lecture on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. to discuss her Connecticut Captured: A 21st Century Look at an American Classic exhibit currently on display at the Connecticut Historical Society. Highsmith will tell the story of why she selected…
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The World and Wardrobe of Hartford’s Iconic G. Fox & Co. President

January 26, 2016 · Press Releases

HARTFORD, CONN., (January 26, 2016) – The traveling exhibit of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe makes a three-month stop at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) in Hartford, now through April 30. The exhibit includes dresses, fur coats, custom-made shoes and nearly 100 other pieces of clothing, photographs and personal accessories…
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December is family time at the Connecticut Historical Society

November 23, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., November 23, 2015 – Make some traditional holiday poppers. Trace your family tree. Gather the year’s memories. Recapture the joy of childhood toys. Read a beloved story. And prepare for a lucky New Year. It’s all happening for children and families at the Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, in December. Family…
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Connecticut Historical Society’s “High Collars to Bee’s Knees” Exhibit runs December 4 – January 30

November 21, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., November 21, 2015 – Inspired by the popular PBS drama Downton Abbey, a new exhibit, “From High Collars to Bee’s Knees: The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut” will open at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) on December 4. Curated by the CHS’s volunteer Fashion and Textile Council from costumes in the museum’s collection, the…
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Bring your Connecticut memories (and items) to the Connecticut Historical Society November 21

November 9, 2015 · Press Releases

Loaned memorabilia and stories to be considered in 2016 exhibit “Growing Up in Connecticut” Hartford, Conn., November 6, 2015 – What was growing up in Connecticut like for you? What childhood, teen or young adult memory can you share? What object, photo or other visual relates to that memory? Drawing from Connecticut residents’ stories and…
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Connecticut’s ethnic artists will share their craft and receive honors November 14, 15 and 17 at the Connecticut Historical Society

November 4, 2015 · Press Releases

[HARTFORD Conn., Nov. 3] – Two November events at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will showcase and recognize the talent of artists and craftspeople representing several ethnic groups in the state. The CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford. November 14 and November 15 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, the CHS will host…
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Farmington Valley Links to entrust African American heritage archives to the Connecticut Historical Society

October 28, 2015 · Press Releases

Records are first collection provided to the CHS by an African American organization in Connecticut The CHS will receive archives during November 5 ceremony and reception [HARTFORD and WEST HARTFORD, Conn., October 28] – Thirty-six years ago Farmington Valley resident Norma Smith saw a need to help the region’s growing black community retain their heritage…
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Dr. Stacey Close joins the Connecticut Historical Society Board of Trustees

October 26, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., October 26, 2015 – The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) has elected Dr. Stacey Close as a member of the organization’s board of trustees. A native of Georgia, Dr. Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as associate vice president for equity and diversity at Eastern Connecticut…
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What’s happening in November at the Connecticut Historical Society?

October 23, 2015 · Press Releases

Events include Nov. 21 launch of Growing Up in Connecticut Collecting Day, Tellebration, Open Studio, Behind the Scenes Tours and more Hartford, Conn., October 20, 2015 – The Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) diverse November programs for adults, children and families include an inaugural ‘collecting event’ for the upcoming exhibit “Growing Up in Connecticut”. The CHS…
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George Belden’s furniture masterpiece to headline Windsor Historical Society exhibit

October 15, 2015 · Press Releases

October 29 opening reception to feature talk on cabinetmaker’s work and Windsor’s history [HARTFORD and WINDSOR, Conn., October 12] – A beautiful oxbow-style chest of drawers, made and signed by preeminent Windsor cabinetmaker George Belden in 1803, will again take up residence on the same street as Belden’s former shop. On October 29, the unique…
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“Drawn And Cornered: 35 Years Of Englehart Cartoons” to be featured October 23 – November 28 at the Connecticut Historical Society

October 9, 2015 · Press Releases

[HARTFORD, Conn., October 11] – “I’m confident that the good nature of humans will eventually triumph over the dark side if we pay attention and are honest with each other,” says Hartford Courant editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart, whose visual commentaries on breaking news, politics and the human condition have been appearing on the pages of the…
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Connecticut Decorative Arts: A Presentation by Brock Jobe on October 15 at CHS

October 7, 2015 · Press Releases

Early American furniture expert Brock Jobe to uncover history of 12 Connecticut-made pieces during October 15 talk at the Connecticut Historical Society [HARTFORD, Conn., October 7] – Nationally-respected furniture historian, curator, author and professor Brock Jobe will share his thoughts on 12 distinct pieces from the Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) furniture collection on Thursday, October 15 from…
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Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community opens August 27 at CHS

August 12, 2015 · Press Releases

Exhibit to display spectacular Carnival costumes made by Hartford teens in summer program. [HARTFORD, Conn., August 12] – In its first collaboration with the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP), on August 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, will open “Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian…
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Junior Queen costumes at the Taste of the Caribbean Festival.

Mas: Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community opens August 27 at the Connecticut Historical Society

July 31, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., July 30, 2015 – For the past five years, young people in Hartford’s West Indian-American community have elevated West Indian Carnival masquerade (Mas) traditions and art with support from the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP). Beginning August 27, the colorful and elaborate Trinidad-style costumes they’re creating for Hartford’s Taste of the Caribbean…
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Beat the July heat at the Connecticut Historical Society with adult tours, kids programs and a free outdoor movie

July 3, 2015 · Press Releases

Story time, space exploration and Connecticut objects at Curtis Veeder’s house Hartford, Conn, July 3, 2015 – This month, the cool interior and park-like grounds of the Connecticut Historical Society offer history-loving adults and restless children on summer break a variety of programs, events and activities. Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories Guided Tours To share the…
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The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program joins the Connecticut Historical Society

June 12, 2015 · Press Releases

June 12, 2015 — The Institute for Community Research (ICR) and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) have announced an agreement to move ICR’s Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP) to the CHS. The transition, which takes place effective today, will allow the program to take advantage of the exhibition, preservation, and educational resources at the…
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Speak Up. True stories. Real people.

Speak Up comes to the Connecticut Historical Society June 5 and 6

May 29, 2015 · Press Releases

Experienced and first-time storytellers to share life stories during Friday evening performance and Saturday workshop Hartford, Conn, May 28, 2015 – Want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development? To improve your communication skills? To develop your writing ability? To get the attention of your grandchildren and colleagues? To meet new people? To try…
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Handmade Doeskin Wedding Dress

Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit opened at the Connecticut Historical Society

May 22, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn, May 19, 2015 – A 1798 map of Connecticut’s Western Reserve, which extended to Ohio. A brass button display. A lithograph of P.T. Barnum’s life. A textile union charter. A vintage radio and headphones. A fedora hat. A tobacco sewing machine. A coffee grinder. A missile warhead. A handmade Native American white doeskin…
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CHS President Bichop Nawrot

Connecticut Historical Society welcomes new president, board members

May 21, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn, May 20, 2015 – The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) has elected Bichop Nawrot as president and Larry Mowell and Don Williams as board members for 2015-2016. Bichop Nawrot, who is the first U.S. immigrant to serve as CHS’s president, has served on the CHS board for more than a decade, including positions as…
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CT Historical Society Names Ilene J. Frank Chief Curator, Director of Collections and Education

May 6, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn, May 6, 2015 – Ilene J. Frank has been appointed chief curator and director of collections and education of the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). Frank will begin her position June 29 after leaving her position as executive director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy, N.Y. Bringing a holistic perspective of historical…
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Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

May 4, 2015 · Press Releases

By Kate Hartman, CT Magazine Looking for a great event to share with your mother or your daughter this Mother’s Day? Search no further than the Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) celebration of fashion through the decades, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show. This event on Saturday, May 9 will bring together historical fashions with modern…
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aute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show

Haute History: A Vintage Inspired Fashion Show offers the perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing on May 9

April 10, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., April 10, 2015 – Seeking ideas from the past to make your current fashion statement? Want to learn how clothing design over the past century has informed today’s trends? The Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show will help you and the special women in your family boost your style savvy…
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Spring Break 2015

The Connecticut Historical Society to Look Back Through Kids’ Eyes

March 31, 2015 · Press Releases

Spring-vacation program to explore children’s lives in four eras Hartford, Conn., March 31, 2015 – There probably isn’t a grandchild around who never heard his or her grandparent tell a story that began, “when I was your age . . .” The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will offer a look at what it really was like…
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aute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show

Connecticut Historical Society to Host Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9

March 18, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford, Conn., March 18, 2015 – Seeking ideas from the past to make your current fashion statement? Want to learn how clothing design over the past century has informed today’s trends? The Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) Haute History: A Vintage Inspired Fashion Show will help you make the connection. The perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing In two…
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The Brother Gardeners

Conn. Historical Society to Discuss America’s Shaping Of English Gardens

March 16, 2015 · Press Releases

Andrea Wulf to share stories featured in her book ‘The Brother Gardeners’ Hartford, Conn., March 16, 2015 – Author Andrea Wulf will recount how plants native to the Americas led to an English national obsession when she discusses her book The Brother Gardeners at the Connecticut Historical Society on Tuesday, April 14. The Brother Gardeners traces…
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Babe Ruth, seen shaking hands with Savitt Jewelers founder and philanthropist Bill Savitt

Connecticut Historical Society to Celebrate State’s Sports Heritage

March 10, 2015 · Press Releases

“Sports Spectacular” Tours to be held March 28 Hartford, Conn., March 10, 2015 – Long before it became the college basketball capital of the United States, Connecticut had a rich sports heritage. For example, the Savitt Gems, a semi-pro baseball team founded in 1932, played against semi-pro, minor league, Negro League and major league teams and…
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Connecticut Historical Society Showcases Masterpieces

March 6, 2015 · Press Releases

New Decorative Arts exhibit includes furniture, fine art and needlework showing Connecticut’s heritage of craftsmanship and design Hartford, Conn., March 6, 2015 – Spring weekends spent scouring antique shows can result in wonderful finds for collectors, but some of the very best treasures of Connecticut craftsmanship will also be on display at the Connecticut Historical Society in…
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Amistad and Beyond

Connecticut Historical Society will host Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Amistad and Beyond

February 17, 2015 · Press Releases

Hartford Conn., February 17, 2015 – Explore African-American history through the artifacts and manuscripts that tell the story of the Amistad, Connecticut abolitionists, and their long fight for civil rights. The Connecticut Historical Society Amistad and Beyond behind-the-scenes tour will be held Saturday, February 21 at  11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Connecticut Historical Society,…
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Learn about the grand home Curtis Veeder built during Connecticut Historical Society tours on February 28

Hartford, Conn., February 17, 2015 – When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. These special tours, to be held Saturday February 28 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., will highlight features of the 1928 house, now the…
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CT Historical Society and TheaterWorks to Debut Satellite Installation of Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford

February 12, 2015 · Press Releases

A Brief History on February 19, 2015 Opening reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in TheaterWorks lobby Continuing its efforts to bring the resources of its museum out into the community, the Connecticut Historical Society is partnering with TheaterWorks to present a satellite exhibit that visually explores the presence of arts and culture organizations in…
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CT Historical Society Wants Your Connecticut-Defining Objects

CT Historical Society Wants Your Connecticut-Defining Objects

January 21, 2015 · Press Releases

Deadline for 50 Objects/50 Stories Exhibit Extended to April 30, 2015 Crowdsourcing ideas for its upcoming exhibition Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) invites the public to suggest objects that help illustrate our state as a dynamic place, a diverse community, or a distinct idea. The object can be old or new; personal…
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