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The true price of slavery

October 16, 2013 · Collections ·

When the men and children aboard la Amistad decided to take over the ship and return home, they initiated one of the more memorable events in Connecticut’s history. Steven Spielberg even made a movie about it. But some people actually lived it, like Charlotte Cowles of Farmington, Connecticut, and we are fortunate that she wrote…
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What is this?

October 22, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits ·

Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

The Real Cinque?

February 5, 2014 · Collections ·

This portrait is of the freed Amistad captive Cinque. Or at least that is what we are told. How do we know that this is what he actually looked like? Cameras were in their infancy, so we cannot look at another image to compare. And the toga-like garment and the scenery, was that all the…
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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Amistad and Beyond

February 21, 2015 · ·

Explore African-American history through the artifacts and manuscripts that tell the story of the Amistad, Connecticut abolitionists, and the long fight for civil rights.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Amistad and Beyond

Explore African-American history through the artifacts and manuscripts that tell the story of the Amistad, Connecticut abolitionists, and the long fight for civil rights. The tour will offer special access to Charlotte Cowles’ letters describing her interactions with the Africans from the Amistad who lived for several months in her home town of Farmington, Connecticut.

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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.