Inside the CHS

Leena Cravzow Lippman

June 22, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Leena Cravzow (1913-2006), the daughter of Russian Jews, was an accomplished pianist in Hartford. She attended Julliard School of Music and also took lessons from the noted pianist R. Augustus Lawson. Lawson, who was African American and Indian, was born in Kentucky but moved with his family to Hartford. He studied at Fisk University and…
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Connecticut composers

April 15, 2009 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Herman Katims, and his wife Miriam Lapin Katims,  were pianists and composers who lived for many years in the Rowayton section of Norwalk, Connecticut. The couple each had several pieces of music published. The collection contains copies of their copyright registrations with the Library of Congress. Copies of their songs, including “Caprice and Fuge”, “No…
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What are you working on?

October 13, 2009 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

This is a question I am asked routinely by family, friends, and co-workers. Admittedly, I often struggle to come up with something more profound than, “Uh…um…you know, stuff.” I encounter great material every  day, and it is so hard to remember all of it! The larger collections are usually easier to recollect, simply because they…
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A messy divorce, 19th century style

November 11, 2009 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Sometimes, our volunteers and interns have all the fun!  If you can call divorce fun.  In the papers of Augustine Harlow (Ms 68508), processed by Zac Mirecki, are a series of letters from Augustine’s sister Flora Barry who was living in Boston.  The letters date from 1872-1873,  and in them she details the actions of…
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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

January 7, 2014 · Collections ·

Does anyone recognize the handsome piece of furniture in this 1920s photograph?  The booklet that the little girl is holding provides a clue:  It reads “Victor Records.”  Perhaps she’s picking out a favorite song to play on the new family phonograph.  “These wonderful instruments” were sold in music stores and department stores all over Connecticut…
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Outdoor Concert Series: Daniel Boucher and Josée Vachon avec des amis – French Canadian songs and fiddle tunes

June 16, 2016 · ·

CHS and CCHAP present Daniel Boucher, a dynamic French Canadian fiddler from Bristol CT, along with guitarist and singer Josée Vachon, and friends on accordion and spoons.

Outdoor Concert Series: Alfred Rivera and Amor y Cultura – Puerto Rican traditional instruments and jibaro songs

July 21, 2016 · ·

CHS and CCHAP present Alfred Rivera and Amor y Cultura who will perform Puerto Rican musica tipica, traditional jibaro music of the countryside and mountains, featuring bongos, guitar, guiro (gourd scraper), vocals, and the signature instrument of this style – the cuatro.

Outdoor Concert Series: Hartford Steel Symphony

August 18, 2016 · ·

CHS and CCHAP present Hartford Steel Symphony, the area’s premier Caribbean steel band who play widely across Connecticut and are headliners at the annual Taste of the Caribbean and West Indian Independence Day Parade and Festival.

Family Program: Rockin’ Art

October 1, 2016 · ·

Express yourself through music-inspired art! Design and create a CD art piece that’s all about you to personalize your room. Then, check out retro musical objects featured in the Growing Up in Connecticut exhibit.

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: An Evening of Irish Music and Dance

June 21, 2018 · ·

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

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!

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