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Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

July 23, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we journey into space! Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo as you learn about Connecticut’s role in the space industry and how our state helped astronauts travel to space. Then you can create your very own rocket ship! You can also dress up in an astronaut helmet and pose in our special outer space photo booth!

Family Program: Special Movie Screening

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the CHS is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” Join the CHS for a special family screening of this film directly following the family program, “From Connecticut to Beyond!” Families can bring their lunch, along with blankets and pillows to sit on; chairs and additional snacks will be provided.

Family Program: Special Movie Screening

July 25, 2019 · ·

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the CHS is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” Join the CHS for a special family screening of this film directly preceding the family program, “From Connecticut to Beyond!” Families can bring their lunch, along with blankets and pillows to sit on; chairs and additional snacks will be provided.

Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

Join the CHS as we journey into space! Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo as you learn about Connecticut’s role in the space industry and how our state helped astronauts travel to space. Then you can create your very own rocket ship! You can also dress up in an astronaut helmet and pose in our special outer space photo booth!

Family Adventure Days: Escape to Freedom

July 30, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we explore the history of the Underground Railroad. You will get the chance to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. You can then make a constellation-inspired craft!

Family Adventure Days: Escape to Freedom

August 1, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we explore the history of the Underground Railroad. You will get the chance to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. You can then make a constellation-inspired craft!

Family Program: History Bookworms

August 3, 2019 · ·

Calling all booklovers! Join the CHS for a celebration of National Booklover’s Day as we travel through time! Enjoy special readings of Mark Twain’s newly discovered children’s book “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine” at 10:15, 11:15, and 12:15, and then create your own book that tells the story of you! You can also visit our book nook and explore history through children’s picture books.

Family Adventure Days: Wind, Wheels, and Water

August 6, 2019 · ·

Travel through history as we explore the various modes of transportation used in Connecticut! Look at photographs from the CHS collection, and then build your own train, car, plane, or helicopter (a Connecticut invention), or invent something new!

Family Adventure Days: Wind, Wheels, and Water

August 8, 2019 · ·

Travel through history as we explore the various modes of transportation used in Connecticut! Look at photographs from the CHS collection, and then build your own train, car, plane, or helicopter (a Connecticut invention), or invent something new!

Family Adventure Days: Construction Creations

August 13, 2019 · ·

Connecticut has so many interesting buildings: old ones, new ones, small ones, large ones. Explore images and drawings of Connecticut architecture from the CHS collection and build your own creation! Use toothpicks, uncooked pasta, toilet paper rolls, and much more to design and construct your own buildings!

Family Adventure Days: Construction Creations

August 15, 2019 · ·

Connecticut has so many interesting buildings: old ones, new ones, small ones, large ones. Explore images and drawings of Connecticut architecture from the CHS collection and build your own creation! Use toothpicks, uncooked pasta, toilet paper rolls, and much more to design and construct your own buildings!

Family Adventure Days: Magical Museums

August 20, 2019 · ·

Experience Connecticut’s magical history by learning about Albert G. Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s, and exploring magical items from the CHS collection. You can then learn how to do special magic tricks and create a magic-inspired craft!

Family Adventure Days: Magical Museums

August 22, 2019 · ·

Experience Connecticut’s magical history by learning about Albert G. Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s, and exploring magical items from the CHS collection. You can then learn how to do special magic tricks and create a magic-inspired craft!

Family Program: Celebrate West Indian Culture

September 7, 2019 · ·

Discover the traditions behind West Indian Carnival costumes! These costumes, or Mas (short for masquerade), represent an important and beloved art form in West Indian communities. Explore our new Mas exhibit, featuring Carnival costumes made by Hartford teens. Then come meet some of the talented young people that made the costumes, and learn how to create mas and about some of the ways West Indian Carnival is celebrated!

Family Program: Fall Harvest

October 5, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS for a fun-filled day of popular fall activities! Participate in wheelbarrow relay races, play pumpkin ring toss, and then create your own scarecrow-inspired craft!

Exhibit Opening Reception: War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution

October 24, 2019 · ·

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the opening reception for War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution.

Family Program: Poppers and Holiday Traditions

December 7, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS for our annual popper craft! Make your very own popper to use as a gift, a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, or a holiday party favor!

Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

December 27, 2019 · ·

Cozy up with hot chocolate, snacks, a story time, and a fun craft! Join us for special readings of Faith Ringgold’s book “Tar Beach” at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. After the story, create an imaginative craft inspired by your own dreams.

Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

December 28, 2019 · ·

Cozy up with hot chocolate, snacks, a story time, and a fun craft! Join us while we explore the story of “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant” by David McKee. There will be readings at 10:00 am and 11:00 am, followed by the chance to create your own patchwork elephant!

Family Program: Charting Your Story: Maps

January 4, 2020 · ·

Discover the exciting story of mapmaker Bernard Romans! Explore the exhibit “War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution” and then participate in hands-on map making activities and crafts.

Family Program: Quilted with Love

February 1, 2020 · ·

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the CHS by creating your own teddy bear “quilt” and special valentine cards!

Vacation Program: Connect the Clues!

February 15, 2020 · ·

Are you a true history detective? Join us on this fun-filled history quest! Using only a map as your guide, solve riddles and explore the museum in search of clues to uncover the unique stories of Connecticut’s past.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 4, 2020 · ·

Happy Birthday, Earth Day! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by tuning into our first episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and then enjoy the outdoors with a special scavenger hunt! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 4, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 5, 2020 · ·

What is a collection? What fascinating stories can it teach us about the past? Tune into our first episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! This episode will be released Sunday, April 5, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 11, 2020 · ·

Turn your trash into treasure! Tune into our latest episode of Kat’s Creative Corner for part 2 of our Earth Day Birthday celebration! Learn about upcycling and then create your own craft out of reusable materials found in your home! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 11, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 12, 2020 · ·

Take a break from the digital world and create a journal with your family! Explore the importance of written word and how it helps us learn about about the past. Then, decorate your own journal and fill it with pictures, stories, and special memories! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 12, at 10:00 am.

Vacation Program: Whale of a State

April 14, 2020 · ·

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

Vacation Program: Whale of a State

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

April 16, 2020 · ·

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 18, 2020 · ·

A picture is worth a thousand words! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers, and then work together with your family to complete a special photography challenge! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 19, 2020 · ·

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 19 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 25, 2020 · ·

Calling all explorers! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we look closely at maps made by Bernard Romans, a Connecticut mapmaker. Then, travel through Connecticut towns using historic maps! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am.

Family Program: Connect the Clues!

Are you a true history detective? Join us on this fun-filled history quest! Using only a map as your guide, solve riddles and explore the museum in search of clues to uncover the unique stories of Connecticut’s past.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 26, 2020 · ·

Do you have a favorite sport? What about a favorite athlete? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to uncover the story of a professional basketball player from Connecticut! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 29, 2020 · ·

Give a warm welcome to spring with a special May Day celebration! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the history of the maypole and other springtime traditions. Then, create your own May basket with your family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

May 6, 2020 · ·

What? A wooden ham? Why would you make such a thing? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories as we take a close look at this wacky artifact from the CHS collection. We’ll find out how it connects to one of Connecticut’s most well-known historic legends. This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 13, 2020 · ·

Did you know every quilt is unique? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we look closely at quilts from the CHS collection. We’ll discover how basic shapes, like triangles and diamonds, can be used to create unique patterns. Then, design your own quilt square! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

May 20, 2020 · ·

Imagine you were a kid 70 years ago! What toys would you have played with? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore some popular toys from the 1950s and 1960s and discover what they can tell us about the past! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 27, 2020 · ·

Uncover your family’s unique history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we investigate how historic objects and oral histories can help uncover the fascinating stories of your ancestors. Then, work with your family to create a family tree! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 pm.

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