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What in the “World”?

February 20, 2014 · Collections ·

Sometimes the genesis of a blog is a current news story that has obvious historical parallels. Then again, a recent acquisition can certainly get my creative juices flowing. But once in a while I just like to slowly walk through collections storage, drawing inspiration from the many fabulous objects that help us connect to our…
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Connecticut’s Modern Women Photographers and Their Fine Art Processes

March 17, 2014 · Education, Exhibits ·

On March 29, the temporary exhibition Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers will be wrapping up, which means that the various events and presentations and tours that I’ve been doing are also just about over.

Keeping Track of History

April 7, 2014 · CHS Buzz, Education ·

In the next few weeks I will be teaching a great deal of programs about immigration. The museum and outreach program focus on the stories of the people who have left their homes looking for a better, or different, life here in Connecticut. Being the son of an immigrant, the program has special meaning for me, and…
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Thrall Hall

April 21, 2014 · Collections ·

On March 18, a few people from CHS had the opportunity to tour Thrall Hall, a square dance hall in East Windsor, Connecticut. Ed Thrall, described by the Hartford Courant as a “true Connecticut Yankee original,” visited demolition sites in and around Hartford in the 1960s and salvaged materials, which he then carted back to…
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Daylight Practice Air Raid

April 23, 2014 · Collections ·

One of my favorite sources for historical content and context are diaries. Madeline L. Wells lived in Danielson, Connecticut, when she kept a diary that recently came into the collection here at CHS. She was about 22 in 1943 and kept a meticulous record of the major news stories of the day, all recorded in…
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An Olympic medal, a G. Fox Bracelet, and a Katharine Hepburn Costume

April 25, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

So, yesterday, on behalf of the Connecticut Historical Society, I attended the Connecticut Conference on Tourism in Hartford. Firstly, it is inspiring to see the number of wonderful institutions across Connecticut that are so passionate about what they are doing. There was lots of learning opportunities with workshops about social media, using video content, reaching…
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The Philadelphia Story… A Connecticut Story?

April 28, 2014 · Collections ·

The Oscar-nominated movie that is known for its many catch phrases (“The calla lilies are in bloom again”) has a few distinct connections with the Nutmeg State. Katharine Hepburn, born of Hartford, created the role of Tracy Lord on the stage in 1939, which immediately preceded the 1940 on-screen release of The Philadelphia Story.

He survived Andersonville Prison

June 4, 2014 · Collections ·

Diaries and letters of Civil War soldiers from Connecticut form a large part of our manuscript holdings, so I don’t go out of my way to add more material unless it tells a previously unknown or undocumented bit of history. That is how and why we acquired a certificate issued to Alonzo G. Case of…
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Connecticut is a place where…

December 19, 2014 · Collections ·

I have about a thousand Post-It notes piled together in a drawer in my desk.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 2, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 7, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 9, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 14, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 16, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 21, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 23, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 28, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 30, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

December 26, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition every Saturday at 2:00 pm.

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.

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!

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 Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

July 25, 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 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!

Churches Meet Not Only Religious, but Social and Cultural Needs among South Koreans in Greater Hartford Area

September 10, 2019 · Collections ·

Over the summer, I was an intern at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) working for the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) to conduct fieldwork with a cultural community. I chose to study South Koreans because I knew the population was there and I wanted to learn more about their culture…

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