Inside the CHS

Public Guided Tour

November 1, 2014 · ·

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Public Guided Tour in Spanish

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special Spanish language guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Public Guided Tour

November 4, 2014 · ·

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Autumn in New England

November 11, 2014 · Collections ·

It’s comforting to think that certain basic things don’t change and to a certain extent it’s even true.

Gallery Talk with Artist Pablo Delano

November 15, 2014 · ·

Join artist Pablo Delano for a gallery talk in the exhibition Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano, which documents a modern view of Hartford’s public and private buildings, street scenes, and storefronts through the lens of the photographer.

Hartford: The Gameboard in Perspective and Speculation

November 20, 2014 · ·

Patrick Pinnell, architect and town planner, has worked with the Hartford Parking Authority, Connecticut Landmarks, and Burr-McManus Trust and draws on that experience to forecast trends in Hartford’s development.

50 Objects / 50 Stories: What do YOU think?

December 5, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Your help is needed. The Connecticut Historical Society is on a “treasure hunt.” If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be?

Public Guided Tour in Spanish

December 6, 2014 · ·

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special Spanish language guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Everybody Walked to Work

December 9, 2014 · Collections ·

In the nineteenth century, my father’s grandparents emigrated from Germany to work in the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufactory in Manchester. In many ways, Manchester was a classic mill town.

Wish You All a Merry Christmas

December 23, 2014 · Collections ·

“All are well. Wish you all a Merry Xmas, Mother,” reads the scribbled message on the postcard, which is postmarked “December 24, 1906.” An additional stamped message reads “GREETINGS FROM HARWINTON.”

It’s 2015. Got a List?

January 2, 2015 · Exhibits ·

What is one thing that makes Connecticut, Connecticut? We’ve got a list going here, and you need to add your two cents.

Deep Roots in Connecticut’s Past

January 6, 2015 · Collections ·

I don’t know when we first started to visit Connecticut’s historic houses. My earliest memories are probably from the 1960s, but I think it began even earlier than that. I remember marveling at the massive stone walls of the Henry Whitfield House in Guilford, so unlike anything else in the state.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours Season Pass: A Perfect Gift!

January 15, 2015 · ·

Give the gift that every History Nut would love to receive! Who needs another tchotchke when you have the chance to go behind the scenes and see the treasures that tell the stories of Connecticut history?

Curtis Veeder

Celebrating the Life of Curtis Veeder!

January 31, 2015 · CHS Buzz ·

On January 31, 2015, will be Curtis Veeder’s 153rd birthday. Curtis Veeder received his first patent at the age of 18 for a new type of bicycle seat. He started his own company in 1895 in Hartford, the Veeder Manufacturing Company, to produce cyclometers – distance trackers for bicycles. The company soon expanded to other…
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The Connecticut Historical Society

The Connecticut Historical Society’s Path Forward

February 1, 2015 · CHS Buzz ·

The Connecticut Historical Society’s Path Forward The values each of us hold dear, and the choices we make as free individuals, are heavily influenced by what we draw from experience. An informed appreciation of history enables each of us to appropriate the wealth of accumulated human experience beyond our own. Useful history provides context for…
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Robert Gregson

CT Historical Society and TheaterWorks Building Arts & Culture in Downtown Hartford

February 23, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News ·

Hartford, Conn., February 19, 2015: Continuing in its effort to bring the resources of its museum into the community, the Connecticut Historical Society has partnered with TheaterWorks to present a satellite exhibit that visually explores the presence of arts and culture organizations in downtown Hartford with an emphasis on how they were affected by urban…
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From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms

A Century of Connecticut Fashion Discussed

March 24, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News ·

The Connecticut Historical Society’s “From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms: A Century of Connecticut Fashion” road show has drawn people from all over the state who are interested in the history of style. On March 18, Karen DePauw, research and collections associate at Connecticut Historical Society, gave a fascinating presentation on clothing from the Civil War…
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April 14, 1865 program

Abraham Lincoln’s Connecticut Connections revealed in Connecticut Historical Society exhibit

April 9, 2015 · Collections ·

A lock of hair, a bloody bandage, a Treasury Guard flag “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will…
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Hartford’s Little Italy on Front Street

Hartford’s “Little Italy” on Front Street

April 17, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Collections ·

By Mike Messina, Interpretive Projects Associate, Connecticut Historical Society. This post originally appeared on ConnecticutHistory.org (CT Humanities) and WNPR.org Stay tuned for WTNH-TV News 8’s in-depth series on Connecticut’s Italian communities, coming the week of May 4!  In the early 1900s, Hartford was a booming economic center. Italy, on the other hand, suffered both economically and…
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CHS Gift Shop

The CHS Gift Shop: Featured Items for Spring

By Sara Plante, Visitor Service Associate, Connecticut Historical Society.  As the winter finally wanes and spring unfolds, opportunities to explore our state and take pleasure in nature increase. As you venture out to enjoy the warming weather and general greenery, consider a stop at the Connecticut Historical Society’s gift shop. We carry many Connecticut-made items…
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Thomas Barber, a detective with the Hartford Police Department

Little Miss 1565

By Barbara Austen, Archivist, Connecticut Historical Society  CHS recently received the archive of Thomas Barber, a detective with the Hartford Police Department. In 1944, he was one of the men charged with identifying the bodies found in the Hartford Circus Fire that July. It always haunted him that no one identified or claimed a young girl;…
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picture of the Connecticut Historical Society

191 Years of Telling Connecticut’s Story. A new era of community-fed interpretation.

by Jody Blankenship, executive director of the Connecticut Historical Society On May 30, 1825 thirty-one men from across the state of Connecticut met at the State House for the first meeting of the newly chartered Connecticut Historical Society. At this gathering The Rev. Thomas Robbins gave remarks on the “objects of the Society,” the members…
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POSTPONED Apollo 13: Outdoor Movie on the CHS Lawn

July 15, 2015 · ·

Houston, we really have a problem, due to inclement weather, tonight’s showing of Apollo 13 has been cancelled, and rescheduled to next week, July 22, at 8:15 pm, doors open at 7:00 for access to the Connecticut 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit.

Apollo 13: Outdoor Movie on the CHS Lawn

July 22, 2015 · ·

NEW DATE. Inspired by the Space Suit displayed in the exhibit, we’ll take our own trip to the Moon with Tom Hanks in this classic tale of space adventure. Free admission to our galleries from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Open Studio Hartford at CHS

November 14, 2015 · ·

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 25th annual city-wide tour and will feature over a dozen artists from the West End, student artists from Central Connecticut State University, and members of the Sewing Circle Project.

Open Studio Hartford at CHS

November 15, 2015 · ·

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 26th annual city-wide tour and will feature over a dozen artists and crafters from the West End, student artists from Central Connecticut State University, and members of the Sewing Circle Project.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

January 30, 2016 · ·

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

December 10, 2016 · ·

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Open Studio Hartford at CHS

November 11, 2017 · ·

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 28th annual city-wide tour and will feature over a dozen artists from the West End, and members of the Sewing Circle Project.

Open Studio Hartford at CHS

November 12, 2017 · ·

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 28th annual city-wide tour and will feature over a dozen artists from the West End, and members of the Sewing Circle Project.

Exhibit Opening Reception: Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

May 21, 2018 · ·

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the Opening Reception for Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Member’s Reception and Sneak Peek: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

March 26, 2019 · ·

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the Opening Reception for Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Family Program: Kicking Off Blue Star Museums

May 18, 2019 · ·

Help us kick off Blue Star Museums by visiting the CHS for a special family program! Starting on May 18th, Armed Forces Day, Blue Star Museums will be offering free admission to active military personnel and their families until Labor Day on September 2nd. All are invited to help us honor the men and women who serve this country by engaging in a fun craft and activity.

Family Program: Instrument Discovery Lab

June 1, 2019 · ·

Help us welcome the Hartford Symphony Orchestra when they visit the CHS for a special Free First Saturday! Kids will have a blast experiencing the HSO Instrument Discovery Lab, trying out dozens of musical instruments from the violin and the saxophone to the tuba and the glockenspiel. The Instrument Discovery Lab is a musical laboratory that gives children the opportunity to see, hear, touch, and play!

Family Adventure Days: Comics and Capes

July 9, 2019 · ·

Did you know that Connecticut was the first state in America to print a comic book? Join the CHS for a fun-filled journey into the world of superheroes and comic books! Take a look at comic books from Connecticut, and then create your own comic-inspired craft.

Family Adventure Days: Comics and Capes

July 11, 2019 · ·

Did you know that Connecticut was the first state in America to print a comic book? Join the CHS for a fun-filled journey into the world of superheroes and comic books! Take a look at comic books from Connecticut, and then create your own comic-inspired craft.

Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

July 16, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment!

Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

July 18, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment!

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