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Dollie McLean: From the West Indies to the Capital City

February 24, 2014 · Collections ·

Born (Dollie) Clarice Helene Simmons in Antigua, West Indies, Dollie McLean was raised in Manhattan, later lived in the Bronx, and graduated from both the University of Hartford and FIT. Mrs. McLean has been an avid participant in the arts throughout her life, having performed off-Broadway as an actress and dancer with various organizations like…
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Opening Reception for Connecticut Dances – A Visual History

January 19, 2017 · ·

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the opening reception of Connecticut Dances – A Visual History.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: Dance Memorabilia in the CHS Collection

March 28, 2017 · Collections ·

The month of March may be known for basketball’s Big Dance, but it also commemorates special anniversaries in dance. This Friday commemorates the 94th observation of Dance Marathon Day, and March marks the 35th anniversary of the Connecticut Ballet, among other special dates in the coming months. Connecticut Historical Society’s collection includes a variety of dance cards, performance programs, photographs, and manuscript materials surrounding this art form.

Passing It On: Exhibit Closing Event

March 10, 2018 · ·

To mark the closing of our exhibit, Passing It On: Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, we invite you to a celebration featuring participants in the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Voices of Wisdom: Newcomer Stories

March 29, 2018 · ·

The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) at CHS is proud to present Voices of Wisdom: Newcomer Stories. This interactive event will illuminate the journeys, struggles and achievements of immigrants and refugees making new lives in Connecticut, through storytelling, art, music, and dance.

Outdoor Concert Series: Rancho Folclórico do Clube Português de Hartford

July 19, 2018 · ·

Bring a picnic and enjoy a free outdoor concert of Portuguese music and dancing on the CHS lawn.

Outdoor Concert Series: Bomba Ashe

August 16, 2018 · ·

Enjoy a free outdoor concert of Puerto Rican bomba and plena music and dancing on the CHS lawn. Bring a picnic, or enjoy delicious treats from the Brazilian Gula Grill Food Truck!

a close-up picture of a wet-nosed, horned, brown-and-white cow poking her head through a wooden stanchion with her ears forward

Outdoor Concert Series: Betsy’s Band

July 18, 2019 · ·

Bring a picnic and enjoy a free outdoor concert and traditional New England country dance on the CHS lawn. Participation encouraged!

Panel Discussion: Choreographer Alwin Nikolais, A Touchstone for Creativity

November 7, 2019 · ·

Join us to learn about trailblazing choreographer (and Hartford native) Alwin Nikolais, from two of his veteran collaborators.

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