Inside the CHS

Calico Printing

Earlier this week I began working with a calico printer’s recipe book and a calico printer’s record. Though there are no indications either is from Connecticut, several of us at CHS have enjoyed paging through, looking at the various patterns and colors. The printer’s recipe book contains over 280 pages, each with approximately four different…
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What’s Looming at the CHS Store?

May 6, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections, Exhibits ·

New exhibitions bring new opportunities to explore objects and connect to the stories they tell—in the galleries, through programs and in the store.

What is your favorite time period?

January 30, 2014 · Collections ·

I get asked this question quite frequently.  The truth is that it changes depending on what I am working on at the moment because I don’t have a true favorite period.  I love various aspects from almost every period of costume history, especially between the 1770s and the 1960s.  However, there is a period that…
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Quiltmakers at Work, or Hey, There’s a Menagerie on my Petticoat

March 10, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

A mermaid, a lion, a griffin (or is it a leopard?), a fish, two stags, three rabbits, three different birds and what might be a dog. That’s the list of intricately stitched figures found around the border of Sarah Halsey’s amazing quilted petticoat.

Textiles: Where Science and History Meet

September 18, 2014 · Collections ·

Home School Day is nearly upon us. A new offering this year is a workshop discussing the point where textile history and textile science converge!

Exploring Connecticut’s Haute Fashion History

By Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager, CHS The costume and textile storage on the CHS’s third floor is my favorite space in the Connecticut Historical Society museum. Every time I go up there, I get a shiver down my spine thinking of all the stories that go with all the dresses and uniforms and even…
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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

March 19, 2016 · ·

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Fashion Tour and Lunch: A Day at the Wadsworth Atheneum

June 1, 2016 · ·

Program held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Join your friends on the CHS Fashion & Textiles Council for a very special tour of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s fashion-themed exhibit, Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy led by Lynne Z. Bassett, Costume and Textile Historian, museum consultant, and organizer of the exhibit. The tour will be followed by a delicious lunch at Salute Restaurant.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

March 25, 2017 · ·

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

March 10, 2018 · ·

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion

We’ll share the story of fashion in Connecticut with everything from wedding dresses to corsets, but we’ll also explore how women worked to secure their health, freedom, and political participation, a story that shouldn’t be eclipsed by what they wore. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Preventative Conservation of the First Ladies’ Gowns

June 13, 2019 · ·

Learn about how the Smithsonian preserves and conserves its First Ladies gowns collection.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

October 19, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

October 26, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

November 9, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

November 23, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

November 30, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

December 7, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

December 14, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

December 21, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

December 28, 2019 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 4, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 11, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 18, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

New England’s Early Quilts and Quilters

January 22, 2020 · ·

Join us as Lynne Z. Bassett, guest curator of Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts, offers an overview of New England quilting. You’ll learn about the women who made quilts, the labor involved in creating them, and the way that romantic nostalgia about quilt-making has affected our understanding of these women’s lives.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 25, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 1, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 8, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 15, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 22, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 29, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 7, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 14, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 21, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 28, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

April 4, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

April 11, 2020 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

American Silk: From Sericulture to Status Symbol

April 29, 2020 · ·

Learn about the rise and fall of silk manufacturing in America with guest speaker Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

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