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Passports, Papers, and Politics

Col. Samuel Colt’s passports!

This Week in the Archives: Mary K. Talcott, Genealogist

Collection of genealogist Mary Kingsbury Talcott.

New ways to explore our collections

December 23, 2010 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Things have been busy for the CHS staff this month, so blogging has been light. However, I wanted to make sure you are aware of two great new tools available through our website. Diane, our Collections Manager, worked long and hard to bring us eMuseum. Over 8000 of our museum objects may be viewed on…
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Illustrating Stylish Travel

May 9, 2013 · Collections ·

Often times at the CHS, we write articles, present programs, and give tours based on our collections.  Many times these articles, programs, and tours are based on information and items we already know we have in the collection.  However, sometimes the topic comes first, and the illustrations come second.

I’ve always loved history…and I’d love to be a volunteer

May 31, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits ·

Almost every day I’m contacted by people—of all ages and backgrounds—who want to help the CT Historical Society as volunteers and interns. (An intern is someone who earns school credit.) It’s quite heartening to talk to so many like-minded people who appreciate the past and want to support our mission—to inspire and foster a life-long…
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What is a Nut?

November 4, 2013 · CHS Buzz ·

At CHS, we’re chock full o’ nuts; history nuts, that is. We’re so nutty about history, that I even began to wonder about the history of the word nuts. Finding the origin of nut(s) and the historical development of its meaning turned out to be a tougher nut to crack than I thought; but here…
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Before Black Friday…there was G. Fox

November 29, 2013 · Collections ·

For decades now, the day after Thanksgiving has been referred to by many as “Black Friday”, the first day of the holiday shopping season. It’s a day of transition from a season of autumn and Thanksgiving to a season of holiday shopping and festivities; a day of drastic sales, crowds and madness at retail stores….
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History is Sweet!

December 2, 2013 · CHS Buzz ·

What comes to mind when you think about chocolate? If you’re a chocoholic (like me), just thinking about it makes you happy – and hungry. I’ll take it in almost any of the various forms and flavors that are available today, but for nearly 90% of chocolate’s history, it was consumed primarily as a beverage….
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Reflecting on the year 1965

January 1, 2014 · Collections ·

One of the longest diary runs we have were written by Thomas John Crockett, a Unionville resident and United States diplomat; the diaries date from 1954 to 2009. Following a brief career at the Hartford Times and in the Army, Crockett joined the Department of State where he served for 40 years. Stationed throughout eastern…
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History and STEM

January 2, 2014 · Collections ·

In a nation where the focus is being put on the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM for short), many of us in the fields of humanities are beginning to question our relevance.  With an education that included four years at a liberal arts college, I am definitely among those who hope to…
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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.

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.

picture of the Connecticut Historical Society

191 Years of Telling Connecticut’s Story. A new era of community-fed interpretation.

by Jody Blankenship, executive director of the Connecticut Historical Society On May 30, 1825 thirty-one men from across the state of Connecticut met at the State House for the first meeting of the newly chartered Connecticut Historical Society. At this gathering The Rev. Thomas Robbins gave remarks on the “objects of the Society,” the members…
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50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 2, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 7, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 9, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

An Animated Discussion

Connecting & Building Communities

July 10, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News ·

In the summer of 2014, the exhibit Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Screen and Stage was on display at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). I had just begun to work at the welcome desk and was impressed by the droves of people who visited the exhibit every day.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 14, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 16, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 21, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 23, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 28, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

July 30, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition.

50 Objects 50 Stories

Public Tour of Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories

December 26, 2015 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Connecticut: 50 Stories/50 Objects exhibition every Saturday at 2:00 pm.

Season Pass: CHS Behind-the-Scenes Tours 4-Tour Spring Pass

January 30, 2016 · ·

Save 20% with a Season Pass to our upcoming Behind-the-Scenes Tours.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

December 10, 2016 · ·

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Treasures from the CHS Collection

An all-access pass to CHS treasures not currently on display. Come behind the scenes and see them for yourself and learn about how we care for these special items in our charge.

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