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 picture of the Connecticut Historical Societyhouse
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 detailed history of items loaned by individuals, historic organizations and communities to the new Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit, the CHS will offer guided public tours on July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The 50 items selected for the physical portion of the exhibit – and those in the exhibit’s online gallery – help tell the history of our state’s entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. They reveal the everyday lives of Connecticut’s original residents and of the diverse communities who have immigrated here from Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Admission to the Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories guided tour is free for CHS members and children 5 and under. One-day admission prices for the museum, which includes the 50/50 exhibit tour, are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and over, $4 for students with a valid college ID and youth ages 6-17.

Story and Craft at the Museum

The CHS’s Story and Craft at the Museum family program, to be held July 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 2 to 3 p.m., will feature a reading of a different children’s book each week, starting with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and an Eric Carle-themed craft on July 8. After the program, children may try out the hands-on activities in the museum’s galleries. Admission is free for children 5 years and under and CHS members. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email

Apollo 13: Free Outdoor Movie on the CHS Lawn

Inspired by the space suit on loan from UTC Aerospace Systems in the Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit, the CHS will host a free outdoor screening of the classic space movie Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, on July 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. The movie will be shown on a large screen on the CHS lawn; participants may bring a picnic dinner to enjoy. Arrive at 7 p.m. for free admission to the Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit. The movie will start at dusk. Rain date is July 22.

Secrets of the Veeder House Tour

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. On July 18, July 29 and August 29, the CHS will again offer its special Secrets of the Veeder House tour, which highlights features of the 1928 house, now the home of the Connecticut Historical Society, that are seldom seen by the public. Learn more about the historic house, its original owner and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Admission is free for CHS members and children 5 and under. For more information or reservations, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email

The Connecticut Historical Society is open Tuesdays through Thursdays noon to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free for CHS members and children 5 years and under. One-day admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and over, $4 for students with a valid college ID and youth ages 6-17.

About the Connecticut Historical Society

A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, the CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center that are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The CHS’s collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations.

The CHS collection, 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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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. All public programs and tours are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule some of the events if possible.