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.

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