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

CT Historical Society Wants Your Connecticut-Defining Objects

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 or owned by an institution or someone else; evoke a family experience or a community; or represent an idea or action; symbolic or literal.

Submissions will be reviewed by CHS staff members and exhibit partners, who will select 50 objects and their stories for the exhibit, which will open May 19. The physical exhibit at CHS will highlight objects that come from individuals, its own collection, and from other historical groups. A virtual exhibit will also be posted online, showcasing all suggested objects as well as the 50 objects in the physical exhibit.

Both physical and virtual exhibits will help to define What makes Connecticut, Connecticut? Who are we? How did we get here? What do we want to be? The exhibits’ stories will bridge centuries, locations and ethnicities, each detailing a distinct personal experience, idea, or action.

“While the complete story of Connecticut could never be told in 50 objects, it’s fascinating, inspiring, and fun to gather ideas from all across Connecticut,” said CHS Executive Director Jody Blankenship.“50 Objects/50 Stories is truly Exhibit A in our evolution from a repository and interpreter of history to an interactive laboratory that engages the entire community in sharing and learning from our past and present.”

To submit your object and story, fill out CHS’s online form at https://chs.org/exhibition/connecticut-50-objects-50-stories/ by April 30.

Want to learn what objects have been suggested to date? Check them out in CHS’s 50 Objects Gallery at https://chs.org/50objects/

CHS partners and contributors for the 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit include Connecticut Explored Magazine, the Connecticut River Museum, Fairfield Museum and History Center, Institute for American Indian Studies, Litchfield Historical Society, Mattatuck Museum, Windham Textile Museum; Leslie Lindenauer, Assistant Professor, Western Connecticut State University; Luis Figueroa, Associate Professor of History, Trinity College; Stacey Close, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, Eastern Connecticut State University and Walt Woodward, CT State Historian; Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut.

For more information on the Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit, email the Connecticut Historical Society at ask_us@chs.org or call (860) 236-5621.

About the Connecticut Historical Society

Established in Hartford in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the official state historical society of Connecticut and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation.

Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CHS houses a nonprofit museum, library, archive and education center that is open to the public. The CHS campus houses a research center containing over 3.5 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials.

CHS programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities and make informed decisions based on our past and present.

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