What’s happening in November at the Connecticut Historical Society?

October 23, 2015 · Press Releases

Events include Nov. 21 launch of Growing Up in Connecticut Collecting Day, Tellebration, Open Studio, Behind the Scenes Tours and more

Hartford, Conn., October 20, 2015 – The Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) diverse November programs for adults, children and families include an inaugural ‘collecting event’ for the upcoming exhibit “Growing Up in Connecticut”. The CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford.

Saturday, November 21
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Growing Up in Connecticut: First Collecting Day

Every generation experiences their childhood in a different way. We know that significant moments in 20th century history were experienced through the lens of children and young people. To this end, CHS is breaking the mold on history curation.

A new “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit, to open on May 24, 2016, will draw from Connecticut residents’ childhood and youth memories to understand our civil society. Objects and items, loaned by the state’s residents and curated by the CHS, will relate to the growing-up stories that CHS collects.

The CHS is gathering and sharing Connecticut residents’ growing-up stories through both an online gallery and the physical exhibit.

“Growing Up in Connecticut” will explore four generations as defined by the Pew Research Center: The Silent Generation – born between 1928-1945; Baby Boomers – born between 1946-1964; Generation X – born between 1965-1980 and Millennials – born between 1981-1996.

On November 21, Connecticut residents (and people who grew up in the state) may bring to the CHS toys, photographs, clothes, home movies, and other treasures from their childhood and teenage years. All objects will be accepted as loans to be considered by the CHS for inclusion in the exhibit (not all objects will ultimately be included in the exhibit). People who drop off an object will have the option to share stories behind the object (i.e. why the object was important to them growing up). Stories will be filmed and shared on the exhibit website and/or in the physical exhibit.

The November 21 collecting day will be followed by a series of community storytelling and object-collecting events that the CHS is planning around Connecticut. Those who bring an object for loan to the exhibit will receive free admission to the museum for the day.

Saturday, November 21
10:00 – 11:00 am
Grandma’s Mixing Bowls: Saving Family Treasures, Telling Family Stories

Professional Organizer Regina Sanchez will share strategies to separate the treasure from the clutter and to save the story with the mixing bowls. CHS staff will tell you what you need to know if you’re considering donating your treasure to the CHS or another museum. This program is free with general admission and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with the museum’s Collecting Day for Growing Up in Connecticut. Be sure and bring an object to loan to the CHS for the exhibit. Those who contribute an object, image or story will receive free admission to the museum galleries for the day.

Saturday, November 21
11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Connecticut and the Revolutionary War

Would you have been a Patriot or a Loyalist? Come see uniforms, letters, and weapons from the fight to determine whether Connecticut would become part of an independent nation or remain a loyal colony. 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 $10 for CHS members and $15 for non-members and are available online. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email Jennifer_steadman@chs.org

Also join the CHS for these events and programs throughout November:

Thursday, November 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Historic Deerfield:Furniture Masterworks of “The Street”

Join the CHS Decorative Arts Affinity Group for a special day at Historic Deerfield. The itinerary features an in-depth lecture by Associate Curator Christine Ritok titled “Furniture Masterworks of ‘The Street,’” followed by lunch (included in your registration fee), and special tours of the Ashley, Williams, and Wright houses with emphasis on the decorative arts discussed in Ms. Ritok’s talk. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided from the CHS to Deerfield. The cost is $85 for CHS members and $95 for non-members. Space is limited and prepaid registration is required. To register, please contact Adult Programs Manager Jenny Steadman at (860) 236-5621 x289 or Jennifer_steadman@chs.org.

Saturday, November 7
Free First Saturday and Tellebration
Museum galleries at the CHS will be open to the public free of charge from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on November 7.

From 11 a.m. to noon on November 7, the CHS, in partnership with the Connecticut Storytelling Center, will be the Hartford location for Tellebration, an international celebration of storytelling that began and is happening throughout Connecticut in November. Come listen to stories told by Connie Rockman, a children’s literature consultant and a storyteller. With 30 years of experience as a children’s librarian in Pittsburgh, Stamford, and Stratford, she has a rich background in library story times and interactive programs with children of all ages. Connie enjoys telling folktales and myths from around the world and close to home. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email corinne_swanson@chs.org. Thanks to Berkshire Bank for support of this program.

November 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Public Tours of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

Guided tours of the interactive exhibit Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories will be held every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop

Scouts, discover your family’s history and earn your genealogy merit badge at the Connecticut Historical Society. Working with staff in the Waterman Research Center, Scouts will learn the basics of genealogy, analyze primary documents, and research their family tree in this hands-on, interactive workshop. This workshop is a part of the Connecticut Rivers Council’s STEM Merit Badge Experience. Cost: $30 per scout, $3 per adult. To register, visit www.ctrivers.org/stem/stemctrivers.  For more information contact Jake Gotimer, CT Rivers Council program director, at (860) 913-2751.

Saturday, November 14 and Sunday November 15

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Studio Hartford at the CHS

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 26th annual city-wide tour. The day will feature more than a dozen artists from the West End, student artists from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), and members of the Sewing Circle Project. Artists will offer their artwork for exhibit and sale during the two-day event. The CHS will offer free admission to its galleries. This is the third year CHS has participated in the city’s annual event, which celebrates the vibrant local arts scene in Hartford. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x289 or email jennifer_steadman@chs.org.

Wednesday, November 18
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Story and Craft at the Museum

Join us for storytime at the CHS! Children will listen to a reading of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie”, make a Thanksgiving craft, and help “cook” an old-fashioned dinner. After the program, explore the hands-on activities in our exhibits. This program is great for children ages 5 and under. For more information, call (860) 236-5621 x222 or email corinne_swanson@chs.org.

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 chs.org.

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