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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.

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!

Objects Tell Stories: The Legend of Leatherman

August 4, 2021 · Education ·

In this episode of Objects Tell Stories, kids look closely at several items from the CHS collection to investigate one of Connecticut’s most puzzling tales that has left people curious for decades.

Asian American Poets and Community Dialogue: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

August 21, 2021 · ·

Join us for a unique series of poetry readings and community dialogues! The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn and the Connecticut Historical Society, along with Make Us Visible CT, invite you to listen to Connecticut’s Asian American poets and explore personal stories and local histories. The first event in the series features…
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Kat’s Creative Corner: Pet Portraits

September 1, 2021 · Education ·

Do you ever take goofy photos of your pets? What about professional portraits? Believe it or not, this trend has been around for decades! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to look at some of the pet portraits in the CHS collection, and then kids can draw their very own pet! This activity…
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Objects Tell Stories: Innovative Inventions

October 13, 2021 · Education ·

Did you know the CHS is located in the former house of a Hartford inventor? Join the CHS on a virtual journey through the home of Curtis Veeder. Explore his life, his inventions, and the items that make his house so unique! This activity is free and great for children ages 5 and up.

Kat’s Creative Corner: Take a Seat

November 3, 2021 · Education ·

Have you ever heard of a Hitchcock Chair? Did you know they are made right here in Connecticut? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore some of the tools used to make these special chairs and check out some of the unique designs! Then, use a template to create your own one-of-a-kind…
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