Inside the CHS

My Favorite Manuscript

August 1, 2013 · Collections ·

We have a great manuscript collection here at CHS, and if you read the blog posts by our Archivist, Barbara Austen, you’ve seen many examples of the great items that collection holds.  But today I wanted to tell you about MY favorite manuscript.  Out of the 3 million and something manuscript items in our collection…
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A Pleasant Surprise

September 12, 2013 · Collections ·

There are many items in the back recesses of the museum that were accessioned, catalogued, numbered, and housed years ago that rarely find there way into the light.  I often find myself stumbling upon items in the costume and textile collection that were catalogued far before I was here and if I haven’t had a…
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Innovation and Re-birth

October 24, 2013 · Collections ·

Fashion takes many courses throughout the years.  Sometimes we see brand new innovations, and other times there are re-births of past designs and fashion trends.  The 1950s saw a combination of these.

Clothing the troops

November 7, 2013 · Collections ·

Clothing is one of the basic necessities provided by the American government to its faithful soldiers.  Even as a patriot army before the United States was truly a nation in her own right, she still did her best to clothe her troops.  One of my favorite uniform pieces in the CHS collection is a uniform…
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Oooooo…..Chocolate!

November 21, 2013 · Collections ·

Next month CHS is kicking off December with chocolate.  To me, this sounds perfect!  I love chocolate and the idea that you can come to a museum (CHS of course!), learn about history, shop, AND taste chocolate…sounds like the perfect way to start the month.  That’s all I will say about the event, (we’ll let…
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It’s party time!

December 19, 2013 · Collections ·

This time of year I always find myself hoping for an opportunity to attend a swanky party that requires a bit of sparkle and holiday elegance.  Yet the season consistently brings casual family gatherings requiring little more than jeans and sweaters, or New Year’s plans including games and staying in with my sisters and our…
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Printing Pretty Pictures

January 16, 2014 · Collections ·

On textiles that is.  Yesterday CHS hosted a teacher development workshop for art teachers.  For my part, I brought out some examples of printed textiles from the 18th and 19th centuries and we discussed the processes involved in printing textiles with brilliant colors and patterns.  Well, since I already spent time brushing up on the…
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What is your favorite time period?

January 30, 2014 · Collections ·

I get asked this question quite frequently.  The truth is that it changes depending on what I am working on at the moment because I don’t have a true favorite period.  I love various aspects from almost every period of costume history, especially between the 1770s and the 1960s.  However, there is a period that…
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Quilts, Costumes, and More!

February 27, 2014 · Collections ·

Last week I had the kind of day that I simply adore!  They come around rarely, but when they do, I enjoy them so immensely.  It was last Thursday and Lynne Bassett came to research in our collection for a very special presentation / program she is involved with here at CHS.  And that meant…
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If only…

March 13, 2014 · Collections ·

I love when individuals leave a record that is undeniably useful…if only everyone did…

Underneath It All

March 27, 2014 · Collections ·

Even if you are not a fashion historian, you have likely seen images of the clothing people wore in the past.  Whether you saw them online, or in your own family photos, the outer garments of individuals are fairly visible.  But what about what lies underneath?  What does that look like???

How YOU can use our collections!

May 22, 2014 · Collections ·

I often marvel at the variety of ways the public uses our collections.  I thought it would be fun to give a run-down of some of the ways individuals have used, or could use, our vast collections here at CHS. 

Kicking Back in Baltimore

June 5, 2014 · Collections ·

The Connecticut Historical Society has always been the type of institution to encourage employees to attend conferences, lectures, etc. that help them continue to gain knowledge and skills that will help in their jobs.  Last week I had the opportunity to attend one of my favorite conferences in Baltimore, Maryland.  It was three full days…
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The Mystery Shoes

June 18, 2014 · Collections ·

The Connecticut Historical Society has been collecting costume and textile items since the 1840s.  With all of those wonderful objects floating around it is hard to solve all of their mysteries.  One particular mystery has intrigued me since I started here, and I thought I would share it with all of you….

What is this?

July 15, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits ·

Our newest exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, showcases over 40 costumes form Hepburn’s illustrious film and stage career. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

Mourning in the 19th century

October 16, 2014 · Collections ·

Customs surrounding the mourning of deceased loved ones were prominent in the 19th century and the objects created around these practices tell quite a story.

Exploring Connecticut’s Haute Fashion History

By Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager, CHS The costume and textile storage on the CHS’s third floor is my favorite space in the Connecticut Historical Society museum. Every time I go up there, I get a shiver down my spine thinking of all the stories that go with all the dresses and uniforms and even…
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Keimani Q Delpeche

A spectacular exhibit. An enduring partnership.

August 19, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits, Latest News ·

By Lynne Williamson and Jody Blankenship In June, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP) became a part of the Connecticut Historical Society. Originally developed by and based at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford since 1991, CHAP is a wonderful program that works with communities across the state to document and share all…
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From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms

From Bonnets to Bell Bottoms: A Century of Connecticut Fashion

September 27, 2015 · ·

Whether it has been passed down, owned for years, or just purchased yesterday, our clothing speaks volumes about who we are, what we do, and the world in which we live. See how much fashion has changed and what has stayed the same from the Civil War to the swinging sixties.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

March 19, 2016 · ·

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Bus Trip to Rhode Island School of Design Museum with Special Tour of Costume Collections

April 27, 2016 · ·

Join members of CHS’s Fashion & Textile Council for a special trip to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD Museum and enjoy an in-depth tour with Curator of Costume and Textiles Kate Irvin, as well as time to explore costume and fashion-themed exhibits.

Fashion Tour and Lunch: A Day at the Wadsworth Atheneum

June 1, 2016 · ·

Program held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Join your friends on the CHS Fashion & Textiles Council for a very special tour of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s fashion-themed exhibit, Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy led by Lynne Z. Bassett, Costume and Textile Historian, museum consultant, and organizer of the exhibit. The tour will be followed by a delicious lunch at Salute Restaurant.

POSTPONED Fashion & Textile Council Annual Lecture: Shoe or Sculpture? Extreme 21st -Century Footwear

November 3, 2016 · ·

DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY, THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2017. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND ALL TICKET PURCHASES WILL BE REFUNDED.

Decorative Arts Council Annual Lecture: Artistry and Innovation in American Glass

November 15, 2016 · ·

Alexandra Ruggiero, the Corning Museum of Glass, will explore the history of glass in America.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

March 25, 2017 · ·

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Fashion & Textile Council Annual Lecture: The Anatomy of an 18th-Century Gown

November 16, 2017 · ·

Hallie Larkin and Stephanie Smith will trace the construction of 18th-century gowns using examples from the CHS collection.

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