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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 3, 2020 · ·

Travel back in time with art! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to discover how historic artwork can help us connect with the past. Explore the fascinating story of Governor Jonathan Trumbull by looking closely at a unique drawing from the CHS collection. This episode will be released on June 3 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Take an adventure into a historic piece of art! What fascinating stories are hidden within? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Join us as we explore how just one piece of artwork can reveal a variety of stories about life long ago. This episode will be released on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

June 10, 2020 · ·

Have some good old fashioned fun in the summer sun! If you were a kid long ago, what games would you have played? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to find out! Join my family and me as we explore some popular games from the past, and then get outside and try them with your family! This episode will be released Wednesday, June 10 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 17, 2020 · ·

Why is Connecticut often called the nutmeg state? What is a nutmeg anyway? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to uncover the fascinating story behind this Connecticut nickname! Then, try out a special recipe featuring nutmeg and make a delicious treat for your family!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 8, 2020 · ·

Where did colonists get their food? What did they like to eat? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to travel back in time and explore life during colonial times! Then, learn how to make a special colonial recipe! This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

July 15, 2020 · ·

Have you ever heard of Sergeant Stubby? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and uncover the story of Sergeant Stubby, a heroic dog from WWI, and celebrate his many acts of bravery during the war. This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 22, 2020 · ·

What is a telegraph? How is it used to send messages using Morse code? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and put your code-breaking skills to the test! Join us as we explore the history of Morse Code and work together to decipher this unique language of dots and dashes. This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

July 29, 2020 · ·

Have you ever seen a bicycle like this? Do you think it would be easy to ride? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Look closely at a variety of Connecticut-made bicycles and investigate the many ways they have evolved throughout history.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

August 5, 2020 · ·

Bang! Zap! Kapow! Journey into the world of some of Connecticut’s most well-known superheroes, including the Invisible Scarlet O’Neil. Then, create your own superhero identity and design part of your costume! This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

August 12, 2020 · ·

What candy was a popular treat for soldiers during WWII? What made this candy so unique? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to find out! Explore how candy was used to fuel U.S. soldiers during the war, and then make a special chocolate treat to enjoy with your family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 12 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

August 19, 2020 · ·

What is weaving? What makes it so important? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and help us welcome our special guests, Tseyang and Tentso, weavers from Tibet. Join us as they share the story of their family’s connection with weaving while looking closely at some of their handmade items. This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

August 26, 2020 · ·

What is a tavern sign? Why do so many of them feature images of animals? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Look closely at some of the tavern signs in the CHS collection to discover the stories they tell about life long ago. This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 26 at 1:00 pm.

Family Program: Covert Connecticut

September 5, 2020 · ·

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Pick up a Free First Saturday Grab-and-Go-Bag and find out! Investigate the hidden history of spies in Connecticut and then challenge yourself to decode messages using a Revolutionary War-era cipher!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

September 9, 2020 · ·

3…2…1…Blast off! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to take a journey into space! Explore Connecticut’s role in the space industry, learn how our state helped astronauts travel to space, and then create your very own rocket ship! This episode will be released on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 pm.

A Year in Review: CHS Annual Members’ Meeting

September 14, 2020 · ·

We invite all CHS members to join us for the Connecticut Historical Society Annual Members’ Meeting…

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

September 23, 2020 · ·

Turn back the hands of time! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to learn about Daniel Burnap, a well-known clockmaker from Connecticut. Look closely at some of his unique clock designs and explore his impact on the clock-making industry in Connecticut. This episode will be released on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm.

Family Grab-and-Go Bags: Help on the Home Front

October 3, 2020 · ·

Discover how people all across America manufactured, farmed, and conserved in support of the war effort by exploring “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy,” an exhibit from The National World War II Museum, and “Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters from WWII,” an exhibit from the Detroit Historical Society. Then, make your own toy airplane!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner.

October 5, 2020 · ·

Take a bite out of history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the history of Auerfarm, a well-known farm and orchard in Connecticut. Then, make a special apple treat and participate in the 2020 CT Apple and Pear Crunch Challenge. This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

Homeschool Day Workshop: Tools Tell a Story

October 7, 2020 · ·

In response to COVID-19, the CHS will be offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 5-7.

Homeschool Day: Recipe for Success

October 14, 2020 · ·

In response to COVID-19, the CHS will be offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 8-11.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects tell Stories

October 21, 2020 · ·

Did you know apples aren’t just for eating? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to look closely at some of the ways apples were used as inspiration for paintings or as a design for clothing! This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

Homeschool Day Workshop: Changing Roles

In response to COVID-19, the CHS will be offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 12+.

Family Grab and Go Bags: Vote for Me!

November 7, 2020 · ·

Uncover the history of the fight for woman suffrage! Explore our new exhibit, A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage. Then, pick up a FREE activity bag to take home, containing everything you need to create your own “Votes for Women” sash!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

November 18, 2020 · ·

What is a veteran? What are some of the ways people have been honored for their service? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore various medals and monuments throughout Connecticut dedicated to veterans.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

December 2, 2020 · ·

Brrrr, it’s cold outside! What do you wear to stay warm during the winter? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore winter fashion throughout history.

Information Session for Homeschool Parents and Educators

December 3, 2020 · ·

Are you homeschooling this year? Are you looking for educational resources? We can help! The CHS has a wide variety of materials to make homeschooling enjoyable for students of all grade levels. Join us to learn more about our offerings, which include pre-packaged activity kits; free mini lessons; interactive, virtual workshops; and more!

Family Grab and Go Bags: Holiday Poppers and Traditions

December 5, 2020 · ·

Celebrate the holidays with this FREE Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Each kit contains ALL necessary materials to make your own holiday poppers for a special celebration!

Family Grab and Go Bags: Ordinary to Extraordinary

January 2, 2021 · ·

Transform ordinary items into extraordinary art with a FREE family Grab and Go bag, available for one day only! Look closely at collages made by Clifford Mitchell, a Connecticut artist, and see how many shapes, objects, and colors you can find within! Then, create your own collage – ALL necessary materials included!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

January 6, 2021 · ·

Winter weather is here! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore some of the most historic snow and ice storms to ever hit Connecticut!

Homeschool Day Workshop: Growing Up in Colonial Connecticut

January 13, 2021 · ·

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 5-7.

Homeschool Day Workshop: Patriots of the Revolution

January 20, 2021 · ·

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 8-11.

Homeschool Day Workshop: Choosing Sides

January 27, 2021 · ·

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 12+.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

February 3, 2021 · ·

From food carts to food trucks, Connecticut has a long history of food on the go! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and explore the tradition of traveling food markets, ranging from peddlers of the early 1900s to the Hartford Mobile Market of today. This episode will be released on Wednesday, February 3

Family Grab and Go Bags: Valentines for Kids

February 6, 2021 · ·

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with a FREE Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Using historic valentines from the CHS collection as inspiration, create one-of-a-kind valentines to give to your loved ones – ALL necessary materials included!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

March 3, 2021 · ·

Explore the history of the Underground Railroad. Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. Then, make your own constellation-inspired craft! This episode will be released on Wednesday, March 3.

Family Grab and Go Bags: Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

March 6, 2021 · ·

Create your own newspaper masthead with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Investigate the story of Hannah Watson, a Revolutionary War-Era newspaper editor. Then, write your own newspaper article about a major event from your lifetime – ALL necessary materials included!

Family Grab and Go Bags: Goods for Sale!

April 3, 2021 · ·

Design your own tavern sign with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Explore our “Inns and Taverns Signs of Connecticut,” and then start your own business! Decide what you want to sell and then create a sign to advertise your new shop – ALL necessary materials included!

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 7, 2021 · ·

Why are these shoes so special? How do they help tell the story of the fight for Civil Rights, both in Connecticut and nationwide? Look closely at some of the objects and images on display in our new exhibition, “Connecticut Freedom Workers: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement,” to discover what these shoes can tell us about the past!

Homeschool Day Workshop: Learning the Landscape

April 28, 2021 · ·

Traverse Connecticut’s one-of-a-kind landscape! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is recommended for children ages 5-8.

Homeschool Day Workshop: Innovative Industry

Investigate life during the Industrial Revolution! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is recommended for children ages 9-12.

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