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Celebrating America

July 4, 2013 · Collections ·

For over 230 years, Americans have been celebrating the birth of America.  Although our celebrations of America generally culminate on the fourth of July, have you ever stopped to think of the ways we might celebrate America every day of the year?  Let me give you a few historical examples of how people in the…
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Ann (Lane) Petry: from Old Saybrook to the Hall of Fame

August 26, 2013 · Collections ·

Ann Lane, born October 12, 1908 above her father’s pharmacy in Old Saybrook, would for many reasons become renowned in both her native Connecticut and across the country. Her name would become Ann Petry, and she would be known for her tenacious writing, professorship and varied accomplishments.

Sampler by Susanna Spencer in 1761

The pre-Revolutionary world of a young Connecticut needleworker

August 5, 2015 · CHS Buzz ·

By Ilene Frank Ilene Frank recently joined the Connecticut Historical Society as chief curator. From time to time, she’ll write about what’s new with the collection, educational programs and exhibitions. Why do museums keep collecting objects? In this day of digital imagery, can’t a picture be enough? What does a diary, or a skirt, or…
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