Inside the CHS

Three Connecticut Women and a Group of Girl Scouts

May 10, 2013 · Collections ·

A typical day in the Education Department at CHS begins with educators teaching classes of students, both on-site and off-site, until midday. Then, we spend hours prepping materials for upcoming programs, (think—sorting through thousands of colorful beads for Native American bear claw necklaces, cutting out hundreds of pieces of paper—some sticky—for colonial hornbooks, and peeling…
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CHS Kids’ Choice Awards

August 9, 2013 · Education, Exhibits ·

Summer programs bring a lot of activity to CHS! By the end of August, we will have offered fourteen Story &Crafts at the Museum programs for toddlers and their caregivers. This has given me a lot of time to delve into the minds of 2, 3, and 4 year-old museum visitors. In an unofficial poll,…
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Let’s Go Huskies! Let’s Go Interns!

September 13, 2013 · Education ·

Fall is the time when students of all ages head back to school. It is also the time of year when the CHS Education Department welcomes two new interns through a partnership program with the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. The interns from the program (this is our fifth year!) have earned their…
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Stitches and seams

October 2, 2013 · Collections ·

Do you remember Home Economics in school when you were younger? They don’t call it that any more, and boys are learning to sew and cook and girls can take shop, so I understand. I wish that had been true in the 1960s and 1970s while I was growing up. I still hammer like a…
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The Colors of Fall!

October 11, 2013 · Education ·

Fall is my most favorite time of the year – slightly cooler weather, fairs and festivals serving delicious pumpkin and maple flavored treats, and the changing of leaves from green to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. If it were up to me, (and I know a lot of you will be happy that it is…
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Giving Thanks!

November 8, 2013 · Education ·

It is that time of year (I can’t believe that November is already here) when everyone begins to think about the things that they are thankful for. I want to give a big thank-you to the following for making 2013 such a great year!

The More They Change……

March 3, 2014 · Education ·

Toys have been around for as long as parents needed a way to distract and entertain their kids. From the bone toys of the Native Americans, to the wooden toys of the Colonists, to the action figures of today; their meanings have not changed, just the complexity, maybe.

Paul Robeson: Baritone, Activist and Renaissance Man

March 24, 2014 · Collections ·

Although Paul Robeson was born in New Jersey, for twelve years he made Enfield, Connecticut his home. The baritone and radio singer was best known for his title role in “Othello” in the 1930s and 1940s, which he portrayed in various venues between London and New York. Robeson performed in numerous American plays and Hollywood…
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Playing the Teaching Game

March 31, 2014 · Education ·

I teach by day and work with toys by night. If that opening did not give you a hint, yes I am a comic book fan. I’m always trying to figure out a way to bring that out in my teaching, whether is setting up my desk at work with fun action figures, or trying…
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Not a Moment to Spare!

May 9, 2014 · Education ·

SO. BUSY. These two words sum up the schedule of our educators over the last few weeks. In April, the CHS Education Department served about 3,000 children, teachers, and parents through its educational programs. May is gearing up to be an even busier month for our department! So, please accept the following humorous photograph in…
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Being a Teacher- Part Two

June 2, 2014 · Education ·

Teaching in a museum setting is such a different experience than teaching in a school. As a museum educator I have a chance to work off of lesson plans,with no homework or tests, to grade. The students are there to have fun and most of the time they are excited to be out of the…
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Summer Time= Recharging Teachers

July 11, 2014 · Education ·

I usually talk about my past teaching experiences in the blog posts; so I thought I would switch it up and talk a little about the work here in the museum. Since I will doing a good deal of editing and writing for our new website this month, I decide to just to a quick…
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How to Play with Whirligigs

September 12, 2014 · Education ·

Children and parents got to experience what it would be like to go back to school during colonial times at our family program last Saturday.

Fun in the (Artificial) Sun

October 10, 2014 · Education ·

How to create sun on a rainy day – that was the question I dealt with last week in preparation for Saturday’s family program.

The Legend of the Charter Oak

October 31, 2014 · Education ·

The Legend of the Charter Oak can be a bit of an enigma for those who haven’t personally experienced this fantastic program.

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 8, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 15, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 22, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 29, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

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.

Homeschool Day Workshop: Changing Roles

October 21, 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 12+.

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!

Kat’s Creative Corner: A Storm is Coming

January 6, 2021 · Collections ·

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+.

Objects Tell Stories: Food on the Go

February 3, 2021 · Collections, Education ·

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.

Kat’s Creative Corner: Escape to Freedom!

March 3, 2021 · Education ·

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!

Kat’s Creative Corner: Fighting for Equality

April 7, 2021 · Education ·

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…
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Kat’s Creative Corner: Colonial Chores

May 5, 2021 · Education ·

What chores do you do at home? How are they different from the chores kids used to do during colonial times? Look closely at some of the objects on display in the Making Connecticut exhibit to explore how colonial kids helped out around the house. Then, play a game of colonial chores charades!

Objects Tell Stories: Backyard BBQ

June 2, 2021 · Education ·

Have you ever gone to a backyard barbecue? Or played lawn games with friends? As summer approaches, get ready for outdoor fun by exploring how backyards have served as a place for family, friends, and fun throughout history and today. Then, share some of your favorite backyard memories!

Kat’s Creative Corner: The Art of Kuchipudi Dance

July 7, 2021 · Education ·

Join the CHS in welcoming Kuchipudi dancer Sarada Nori! Explore the cultural and social history of this classical Indian dance form and enjoy a short performance by Sarada. Then, you can learn a few of the basic steps!

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