Inside the CHS

Three Connecticut Women and a Group of Girl Scouts

May 10, 2013 · Collections ·

A typical day in the Education Department at CHS begins with educators teaching classes of students, both on-site and off-site, until midday. Then, we spend hours prepping materials for upcoming programs, (think—sorting through thousands of colorful beads for Native American bear claw necklaces, cutting out hundreds of pieces of paper—some sticky—for colonial hornbooks, and peeling…
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A CHS Commuter

June 14, 2013 · Education, Exhibits ·

As I write this blog entry, two middle school classes are walking past my office. This is the third program that educators have done today—three different programs for students from three different schools. End of the year field-trip time keeps the CHS educators busy! It is during this time of year that I love my…
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Kids + Summer: A Secret Formula for Parents

June 28, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Education, Exhibits ·

Ah, summer. The time for all those summer kid activities: Camps, amusement parks, pools, education—SHHH! Bite your tongue, it’s summer! Well, just because kids are on summer vacation, doesn’t mean their minds need to shut down either.

What is this?

July 23, 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? To find out more,

CHS Kids’ Choice Awards

August 9, 2013 · Education, Exhibits ·

Summer programs bring a lot of activity to CHS! By the end of August, we will have offered fourteen Story &Crafts at the Museum programs for toddlers and their caregivers. This has given me a lot of time to delve into the minds of 2, 3, and 4 year-old museum visitors. In an unofficial poll,…
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The Colors of Fall!

October 11, 2013 · Education ·

Fall is my most favorite time of the year – slightly cooler weather, fairs and festivals serving delicious pumpkin and maple flavored treats, and the changing of leaves from green to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. If it were up to me, (and I know a lot of you will be happy that it is…
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Phelps family record

October 30, 2013 · Collections ·

Every once in a while I come across a really poignant document in the midst of deeds and letters and other family papers that can be more mundane. That happened this week when I cataloged a collection of papers related to the Work and Smith families. Tucked in among the numerous deeds and family memorabilia…
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Snow comes to Connecticut!

December 13, 2013 · Collections ·

Winter in New England can be unpredictable. Connecticut has already experienced cold, rainy, icy, and snowy conditions (and it isn’t even really winter until December 21st!).  Although we were not hit as hard as some of the other spots throughout the country, Connecticut received its first, widespread coating of snow this week. Luckily, the roads…
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Snowflakes and Resolutions at the CHS!

January 17, 2014 · Education ·

During our January FREE first Saturday family program, children and families were able to create their own indoor Winter Wonderland to take home. Our visitors revealed their creativity once again! Check out some of these awesome snowflakes:

How to Play with Whirligigs

September 12, 2014 · Education ·

Children and parents got to experience what it would be like to go back to school during colonial times at our family program last Saturday.

Family Program: Photography Day

October 4, 2014 · ·

Celebrate the re-launch of our Free First Saturdays with photography fun at CHS!

Fun in the (Artificial) Sun

October 10, 2014 · Education ·

How to create sun on a rainy day – that was the question I dealt with last week in preparation for Saturday’s family program.

The Legend of the Charter Oak

October 31, 2014 · Education ·

The Legend of the Charter Oak can be a bit of an enigma for those who haven’t personally experienced this fantastic program.

Family Program: Hartford Prints!

November 1, 2014 · ·

CHS and Hartford Prints! are partnering for some printmaking fun! Families can make a card with some Hartford Prints! stamps, and then make their own buttons to bring home.

Museum Educators On The Road

November 14, 2014 · Education ·

Don’t worry, the educators haven’t left – they’re just on the road teaching!

Family Program: Holiday Poppers

December 6, 2014 · ·

Come celebrate the holidays at CHS with our annual popper craft! These timeless favorites, filled with candy, paper hats, and fortunes, make great gifts, holiday party favors, or New Year’s Eve noisemakers.

Pop goes the Popper

December 11, 2014 · Education ·

What can you do with three hundred toilet paper rolls?

Free Family Program: Let’s Build a City

January 3, 2015 · ·

Calling all builders! Join other families at the CHS as we build our own community on our giant floor map.

Free Family Program: Valentines for Kids

February 7, 2015 · ·

Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, join us to create unique and personal cards inspired by Valentines from long ago.

Inspired by Designs from Long Ago, Families Created Valentine’s Day Cards

February 8, 2015 · Education ·

On February 7th, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), with support from Berkshire Bank, hosted a program for children and their families to create personal and unique Valentine’s Day cards inspired by Valentines from long ago. With snow falling on the ground, this event was well attended with many creative designs made.        …
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Family Program: Story and Crafts at the Museum

February 17, 2015 · ·

Join us for story-time to celebrate African American History Month. Children will listen to a story and make a simple craft to take home.

Free Family Program: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 7, 2015 · ·

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America with a Dr. Seuss story and craft at CHS.

Family Program: Story and Crafts at the Museum

March 17, 2015 · ·

Join us for story-time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Children will listen to a story and make a simple craft to take home.

Family Program: Decorative Arts Day

April 4, 2015 · ·

Enjoy Free First Saturday at CHS with a historical twist on “arts and crafts time”!

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 14, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 15, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 16, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 17, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Put Yourself on the Map

By Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs, Connecticut Historical Society I’m a huge fan of maps. When studying history, maps are essential for getting a visual, concrete understanding of the places where events take place. They can be incredibly powerful in influencing the way we think (Remember the episode of “The West Wing” where C.J….
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Family Program: Connecticut is our Home!

May 2, 2015 · ·

Where in Connecticut do you call home? Join us as we make a giant map of our favorite places in Connecticut.

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 8, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 15, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 22, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 29, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Family Program: Toys and Treats Backyard Party

August 1, 2015 · ·

Join us on the CHS lawn for all your favorite childhood games! Enjoy everything from hopscotch to hula hoop, and play them with your kids, parents or grandparents.

Family Program: I Spy at the Museum

September 5, 2015 · ·

Calling all detectives! Decorate your own magnifying glass, then work with your family to figure out clues and search through the galleries to see how many objects and pictures you can find.

Family Program: Celebrating Caribbean Culture

September 12, 2015 · ·

Discover the traditions behind West Indian carnival costumes and celebrations at this fun program for all ages!

Connecticut Kids: Your Objects, Your Stories

Connecticut Kids: Your Objects, Your Stories

October 3, 2015 · ·

Come see this pop-up exhibit featuring objects submitted by kids from all over Connecticut!

Story and Craft at the Museum

October 28, 2015 · ·

Join us for spooky storytime at the CHS!

Family Program: Tellabration! An International Celebration of Story

November 7, 2015 · ·

Join us for Tellabration!, a world-wide celebration of storytelling from the Connecticut Storytelling Center that happens each November at sites around the state.

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