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 Program: Holiday Poppers
December 5, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Get in the holiday spirit at CHS during its annual popper-making craft party. First invented by a London pastry chef in the 1840s, poppers (or “crackers”) have become timeless favorites. Poppers make great gifts, holiday party favors, or New Year’s Eve noisemakers. Traditional fillers, like candy, paper hats, and fortunes will be provided, or you may bring your own. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email

Family Program: Story and Craft at the Museum
December 9, 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Children will listen to a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and make a holiday craft to take home. After the program, explore the hands-on activities in our exhibits. The program is great for children ages 5 and under. Free with general admission.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Toys and Games Made in Connecticut
December 12, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
From Colonial era dolls to 1970s Wiffle bats and balls, Connecticut has a long history of toy making. Learn about the toys that made childhood special. 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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for CHS members and $15 for non-members. Call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email

Winter Break Family Program: Discover Your Roots
December 29, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Discover the stories of your unique history with a family tree activity! Kids and adults will work together to make a family tree of the people and stories that make up their family. Supplies will be provided, or bring your own! Free with general admission. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email

Winter Break Family Program: Scrapbook Day
December 30, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
What were your favorite moments of 2015? What family memories do you want to save? Share your stories with a scrapbook! We’ll provide the scrapbooking supplies, and we invite kids and families to bring their creativity and memorable photos and create a scrapbook of your favorite family moments. Free with general admission. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email

Winter Break Family Program: Make a New Year’s Good Luck Bag
December 31, 10:00 am to Noon
How does your family celebrate the New Year? Do you have a special tradition you share every year? Come to the CHS and make a “good luck bag” filled with good luck charms used by families around to the world every New Year’s Eve. After you’ve decorated and filled your bag, take it home and open it at night to ring in a happy and lucky New Year. Free with general admission. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email

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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