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April 4, 2020 · ·

Happy Birthday, Earth Day! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by tuning into our first episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and then enjoy the outdoors with a special scavenger hunt! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 4, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 5, 2020 · ·

What is a collection? What fascinating stories can it teach us about the past? Tune into our first episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! This episode will be released Sunday, April 5, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 11, 2020 · ·

Turn your trash into treasure! Tune into our latest episode of Kat’s Creative Corner for part 2 of our Earth Day Birthday celebration! Learn about upcycling and then create your own craft out of reusable materials found in your home! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 11, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 12, 2020 · ·

Take a break from the digital world and create a journal with your family! Explore the importance of written word and how it helps us learn about about the past. Then, decorate your own journal and fill it with pictures, stories, and special memories! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 12, at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 18, 2020 · ·

A picture is worth a thousand words! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers, and then work together with your family to complete a special photography challenge! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 19, 2020 · ·

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 19 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 25, 2020 · ·

Calling all explorers! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we look closely at maps made by Bernard Romans, a Connecticut mapmaker. Then, travel through Connecticut towns using historic maps! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 26, 2020 · ·

Do you have a favorite sport? What about a favorite athlete? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to uncover the story of a professional basketball player from Connecticut! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 am.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

April 29, 2020 · ·

Give a warm welcome to spring with a special May Day celebration! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the history of the maypole and other springtime traditions. Then, create your own May basket with your family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

May 6, 2020 · ·

What? A wooden ham? Why would you make such a thing? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories as we take a close look at this wacky artifact from the CHS collection. We’ll find out how it connects to one of Connecticut’s most well-known historic legends. This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 13, 2020 · ·

Did you know every quilt is unique? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we look closely at quilts from the CHS collection. We’ll discover how basic shapes, like triangles and diamonds, can be used to create unique patterns. Then, design your own quilt square! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

May 20, 2020 · ·

Imagine you were a kid 70 years ago! What toys would you have played with? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore some popular toys from the 1950s and 1960s and discover what they can tell us about the past! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 27, 2020 · ·

Uncover your family’s unique history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we investigate how historic objects and oral histories can help uncover the fascinating stories of your ancestors. Then, work with your family to create a family tree! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 3, 2020 · ·

Take an adventure into a historic piece of art! What fascinating stories are hidden within? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Join us as we explore how just one piece of artwork can reveal a variety of stories about life long ago. This episode will be released on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Travel back in time with art! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to discover how historic artwork can help us connect with the past. Explore the fascinating story of Governor Jonathan Trumbull by looking closely at a unique drawing from the CHS collection. This episode will be released on June 3 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

June 10, 2020 · ·

Have some good old fashioned fun in the summer sun! If you were a kid long ago, what games would you have played? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to find out! Join my family and me as we explore some popular games from the past, and then get outside and try them with your family! This episode will be released Wednesday, June 10 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 17, 2020 · ·

Why is Connecticut often called the nutmeg state? What is a nutmeg anyway? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to uncover the fascinating story behind this Connecticut nickname! Then, try out a special recipe featuring nutmeg and make a delicious treat for your family!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

June 24, 2020 · ·

Experience Connecticut’s magical history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we learn about Albert Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s. Then, learn how to create and perform a magic trick that will astound your entire family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, June 24 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

July 1, 2020 · ·

Have you ever wondered why people always look unhappy in historic photos? Were they always bored? Did they just dislike smiling? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to investigate this mystery! Then, find your favorite family photo and share it with us! This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 1 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 8, 2020 · ·

Where did colonists get their food? What did they like to eat? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to travel back in time and explore life during colonial times! Then, learn how to make a special colonial recipe! This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 pm.

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July 15, 2020 · ·

Have you ever heard of Sergeant Stubby? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and uncover the story of Sergeant Stubby, a heroic dog from WWI, and celebrate his many acts of bravery during the war. This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 22, 2020 · ·

What is a telegraph? How is it used to send messages using Morse code? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and put your code-breaking skills to the test! Join us as we explore the history of Morse Code and work together to decipher this unique language of dots and dashes. This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

July 29, 2020 · ·

Have you ever seen a bicycle like this? Do you think it would be easy to ride? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Look closely at a variety of Connecticut-made bicycles and investigate the many ways they have evolved throughout history.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

August 5, 2020 · ·

Bang! Zap! Kapow! Journey into the world of some of Connecticut’s most well-known superheroes, including the Invisible Scarlet O’Neil. Then, create your own superhero identity and design part of your costume! This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

August 12, 2020 · ·

What candy was a popular treat for soldiers during WWII? What made this candy so unique? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to find out! Explore how candy was used to fuel U.S. soldiers during the war, and then make a special chocolate treat to enjoy with your family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 12 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

August 19, 2020 · ·

What is weaving? What makes it so important? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and help us welcome our special guests, Tseyang and Tentso, weavers from Tibet. Join us as they share the story of their family’s connection with weaving while looking closely at some of their handmade items. This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

August 26, 2020 · ·

What is a tavern sign? Why do so many of them feature images of animals? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Look closely at some of the tavern signs in the CHS collection to discover the stories they tell about life long ago. This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 26 at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

September 9, 2020 · ·

3…2…1…Blast off! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to take a journey into space! Explore Connecticut’s role in the space industry, learn how our state helped astronauts travel to space, and then create your very own rocket ship! This episode will be released on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

September 23, 2020 · ·

Turn back the hands of time! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to learn about Daniel Burnap, a well-known clockmaker from Connecticut. Look closely at some of his unique clock designs and explore his impact on the clock-making industry in Connecticut. This episode will be released on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm.

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October 5, 2020 · ·

Take a bite out of history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the history of Auerfarm, a well-known farm and orchard in Connecticut. Then, make a special apple treat and participate in the 2020 CT Apple and Pear Crunch Challenge. This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects tell Stories

October 21, 2020 · ·

Did you know apples aren’t just for eating? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to look closely at some of the ways apples were used as inspiration for paintings or as a design for clothing! This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

November 18, 2020 · ·

What is a veteran? What are some of the ways people have been honored for their service? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore various medals and monuments throughout Connecticut dedicated to veterans.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

December 2, 2020 · ·

Brrrr, it’s cold outside! What do you wear to stay warm during the winter? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore winter fashion throughout history.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

January 6, 2021 · ·

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!

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

February 3, 2021 · ·

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. This episode will be released on Wednesday, February 3

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

March 3, 2021 · ·

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! This episode will be released on Wednesday, March 3.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

April 7, 2021 · ·

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 about the past!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 5, 2021 · ·

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.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 2, 2021 · ·

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.

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 7, 2021 · ·

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!

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