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, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford.

The two one-hour tours, offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., will offer special access to Charlotte Cowles’ letters describing her interactions with the Africans from the Amistad who lived for several months in her hometown of Farmington, Connecticut. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for CHS members and are available online at Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information, call (860) 236-5621 ext. 289 or email Jenny Steadman at

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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