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Bone Saws and Centipedes

May 3, 2013 · Exhibits ·

Our newest exhibit is now open! Considering the number of tools on display that were designed to sever, extract, or drill into one’s various body parts, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief” will make you either run screaming for the hills or bow down before the great and benevolent Horace Wells,…
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My First Car Was a….

July 5, 2013 · Exhibits ·

1992 Jeep Cherokee. Bought used from my parents for a generous discount that I could feel guilty about for years. I then put 12,000 miles on that red beast in a 30-day post-graduation cross-country road trip with my two best friends.

The Red Green Exhibit

August 5, 2013 · Exhibits ·

No duct tape was used in the making of this exhibit. I happen to know more than one person who wraps a banana peel in duct tape around a body part to remove warts. My response to this home remedy is, What toxic combination of tropical enzymes and chemical adhesives contributes to the degeneration of…
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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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Elementary Sentimentality

September 6, 2013 · Exhibits ·

I’m not in an appropriate emotional state to be talking about our current exhibit development, which could include a discussion of the history of photography, the aesthetics of Victorian portraiture, or the historical change in social norms regarding the role of women in domestic and/or professional circles—all fascinating topics to be explored in “Through a…
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Winter’s Comin’

October 4, 2013 · Exhibits ·

Our newest exhibit, “Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers”, will be open October 11, 2013 – March 29, 2014. That’s next week! You’ve got 5 months to check it out, but please tell me why you would wait. You might think you have time to roll in some lazy Saturday afternoon in the…
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Movember 1st at the CHS

November 1, 2013 · Exhibits ·

Movember begins today. Support your mustachioed buddies as the next 30 days reveal their ability to grow a thick and bushy upper-lip bear rug; a whispery mouth spider web; or something in between. All to promote men’s health and combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Revealing the Invisible: Mounting Artifacts in a Museum Exhibit

November 15, 2013 · Collections ·

Before I worked in the exhibits department of a museum, I had never even considered how objects and artifacts in museums were presented. I always focused on the object or the label or the overall feel of the exhibition. It never crossed my mind what went behind taking a delicate object and suspending inside of…
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Two by Two, Hands of Blue

December 6, 2013 · Exhibits ·

Apologies for the obscure sci-fi reference, but every time I don the blue conservation gloves to protect an artifact from my oily, greasy, sweaty, human hands, my immediate thought is River Tam’s creepy chant, “Two by two, hands of blue,” in the underappreciated Firefly series. If you happened to catch me in the galleries this…
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Punctuate This

January 10, 2014 · Exhibits ·

I just finished reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. These two quotes might well sum up the thought and feeling of the book:  “Proper punctuation is both the sign and the cause of clear thinking.”                                      “The big final rule for the comma is one that you won’t…
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No Connection

March 7, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Lately when I walk through our current exhibit, Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers, the smart little iPad mounted on the gallery wall has been staring back at me with three heart-rending words: “No Internet Connection.” Is that a cry for help? “I need you!” Or an accusation? “I have no connection and…
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Goodwin College and the Connecticut River

April 4, 2014 · Exhibits ·

I just finished a project over at Goodwin College in East Hartford: installing 4 large historic photographs of the Connecticut River in the school’s new library. Goodwin’s campus is located along the Connecticut River, and the Hoffman Family Library offers impressive views with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the riverfront. Goodwin approached us with the…
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Creating Participatory Exhibitions; Our Try It! Gallery

May 16, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits ·

With all of the warranted hoopla surrounding our blockbuster exhibition, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, it’s easy to overlook other exhibitions at the Connecticut Historical Society. One exhibition that’s interactive and fun for all ages is Try It! Connecticut Places, People, Collections, & Me.

Adventures in Exhibits

July 18, 2014 · Collections ·

I just received a few emails from people congratulating me on LinkedIn for my fifth year work anniversary. That was news to me! I started in the summer of ’09 as the Interpretive Projects Assistant and had a lot of memories working at CHS since. So of my favorite adventures in exhibits…   When I…
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(Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling

October 13, 2014 · Collections ·

Last Thursday, October 2, was the opening of three awesome exhibitions here at the CHS, including the one that displays some of the work I’ve been cataloging for almost a year.

firebox restaurant exhibit

New Exhibit at Firebox Restaurant

November 7, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Book your dinner reservations. We’ve just installed a new exhibit at Firebox Restaurant.

50 Objects / 50 Stories: What do YOU think?

December 5, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Your help is needed. The Connecticut Historical Society is on a “treasure hunt.” If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be?

It’s 2015. Got a List?

January 2, 2015 · Exhibits ·

What is one thing that makes Connecticut, Connecticut? We’ve got a list going here, and you need to add your two cents.

Behind-the-Exhibits Tour: The Making of “Facing War”

June 19, 2018 · ·

No exhibit can tell every story! Exhibitions staff will walk visitors through “Facing War”, revealing what goes into creating an exhibition and what got left on the cutting room floor.

Name that Instrument!

May 29, 2019 · Collections ·

Can you guess what instrument he’s playing? Hint: it’s not a piano… …It’s a harpsichord! A harpsichord is similar to a piano, but the sounding mechanisms and characteristics of the sounds are slightly different. This is a photo taken in 1955 of a display at G. Fox. & Co., either on a stage or in…
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Open Studio Hartford at CHS

November 16, 2019 · ·

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 30th annual city-wide tour.  This 2 day event will feature

Open Studio Hartford at CHS

November 17, 2019 · ·

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 30th annual city-wide tour.  This 2 day event will feature

Conversations with Connecticut Freedom Workers

May 27, 2021 · ·

Please join us as four Connecticut Freedom Workers share their varied experiences as activists during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

September 18, 2021 · ·

Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history. Families will have the opportunity to card wool, “work” in a textile factory, and more!

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