Inside the CHS

Family Program: Special Movie Screening

July 25, 2019 · ·

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the CHS is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” Join the CHS for a special family screening of this film directly preceding the family program, “From Connecticut to Beyond!” Families can bring their lunch, along with blankets and pillows to sit on; chairs and additional snacks will be provided.

Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

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!

Family Program: Fall Harvest

October 5, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS for a fun-filled day of popular fall activities! Participate in wheelbarrow relay races, play pumpkin ring toss, and then create your own scarecrow-inspired craft!

Family Program: Poppers and Holiday Traditions

December 7, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS for our annual popper craft! Make your very own popper to use as a gift, a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, or a holiday party favor!

Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

December 27, 2019 · ·

Cozy up with hot chocolate, snacks, a story time, and a fun craft! Join us for special readings of Faith Ringgold’s book “Tar Beach” at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. After the story, create an imaginative craft inspired by your own dreams.

Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

December 28, 2019 · ·

Cozy up with hot chocolate, snacks, a story time, and a fun craft! Join us while we explore the story of “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant” by David McKee. There will be readings at 10:00 am and 11:00 am, followed by the chance to create your own patchwork elephant!

Family Program: Charting Your Story: Maps

January 4, 2020 · ·

Discover the exciting story of mapmaker Bernard Romans! Explore the exhibit “War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution” and then participate in hands-on map making activities and crafts.

Family Program: Quilted with Love

February 1, 2020 · ·

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the CHS by creating your own teddy bear “quilt” and special valentine cards!

Vacation Program: Connect the Clues!

February 15, 2020 · ·

Are you a true history detective? Join us on this fun-filled history quest! Using only a map as your guide, solve riddles and explore the museum in search of clues to uncover the unique stories of Connecticut’s past.

Family Program: Silly Saturday with Dr. Seuss

March 7, 2020 · ·

Help the CHS celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America! Enjoy special readings of Dr. Seuss’s book “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” and create your own wacky craft!

Vacation Program: Whale of a State

April 14, 2020 · ·

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

Vacation Program: Whale of a State

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

April 16, 2020 · ·

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

Family Program: Connect the Clues!

April 25, 2020 · ·

Are you a true history detective? Join us on this fun-filled history quest! Using only a map as your guide, solve riddles and explore the museum in search of clues to uncover the unique stories of Connecticut’s past.

Family Program: May Day

May 2, 2020 · ·

Help the CHS welcome spring with a May Day celebration! Learn about the history of May Day by creating your own May basket, singing around a Maypole, and participating in many more springtime activities!

Family Program: Dog Days of Summer

June 6, 2020 · ·

Celebrate the dog days of summer at the CHS! Have some fun with toys and games on the CHS lawn, including some Connecticut-originals like Frisbees, Silly Putty, and Wiffle Balls. Also, make a dog or cat toy to take home to your favorite furry friend!

Family Adventure Days: Help on the Homefront

July 2, 2020 · ·

The CHS wants YOU for help on the homefront! Join the CHS as we uncover all of the ways men, women, and children got involved in the war effort in their homes and in factories.

Family Adventure Days: Help on the Homefront

The CHS wants YOU for help on the homefront! Join the CHS as we uncover all of the ways men, women, and children got involved in the war effort in their homes and in factories.

Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

July 7, 2020 · ·

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

July 9, 2020 · ·

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

July 14, 2020 · ·

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

July 16, 2020 · ·

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

July 21, 2020 · ·

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

July 23, 2020 · ·

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. All public programs and tours are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule some of the events if possible.