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”

gu-press-release-templateHartford, 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 loaned items, A new “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit will open in May 2016 at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). The exhibit will explore four generations as defined by the Pew Research Center: TheSilent Generation – born between 1928-1945; Baby Boomers – born between 1946-1964; Generation X – born between 1965-1980 and Millennials – born between 1981-1996.

On Saturday November 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, people who grew up in Connecticut may bring toys, photographs, clothes, home movies, and other treasures from their childhood and youth to the CHS’s 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford museum and history center. All objects will be accepted as loans to be considered for use in the “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit.

People who bring an object or other visual item (e.g. drawings, photos, videos) will have the option to share why that item was important to them as they were growing up. Stories will be filmed and shared on the CHS’s exhibit website and/or in the physical exhibit. Those who bring an object for loan to the exhibit will receive free admission to the museum for the day.

The November 21 “Growing Up in Connecticut” collecting day will be followed by a series of community storytelling and object-collecting events that the CHS is planning around the state.

In addition to loaning items at the November 21 collecting event, Connecticans may share their growing-up stories and items through the “Growing Up in Connecticut” online gallery (

The deadline for consideration of objects and other visuals to be included in the physical exhibit is March 1, 2016; online submissions will be accepted until the exhibit closes.

For more information, contact Connecticut Historical Society Chief Curator Ilene Frank at (860) 236-5621 x213,

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. For more information, visit

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