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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.

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.

“No Votes, Thank You”: Connecticut’s Anti-Suffrage Movement

September 15, 2018 · ·

Did you know that thousands of CT women in the 1910s fought tooth-and-nail against woman suffrage? Why? Join us in the WWI exhibit for a deep dive into this topic. We’ll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from this period to understand one of the most controversial social topics of the WWI era.

Smithsonian Affiliate Event: History Wrapped Up In A Cape

October 11, 2018 · ·

Our guest speaker, Mallory Warner of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will present the stories of four women who served as military medical staff during World War One.

Images and the Fight for American Women’s Voting Rights

November 14, 2019 · ·

Learn about the ways that suffragists used images in the fight to win the vote.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In CT

January 18, 2020 · ·

**SOLD OUT!** How did the women of CT work for – or against – the right to vote? In this behind-the-scenes program, we’ll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from our collection to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In CT

**SOLD OUT** How did the women of CT work for – or against – the right to vote? In this behind-the-scenes program, we’ll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from our collection to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history.

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.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In CT

January 25, 2020 · ·

***SOLD OUT!*** How did the women of CT work for – or against – the right to vote? In this behind-the-scenes program, we’ll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from our collection to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In CT

** SOLD OUT ** How did the women of CT work for – or against – the right to vote? In this behind-the-scenes program, we’ll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from our collection to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history.

“The Work Must Be Done:” Women of Color and the Right to Vote

April 23, 2020 · ·

The CHS is doing exciting new research into women of color who worked for women’s suffrage. Join us for this evening conversation about these historical figures, the importance of having a history that is inclusive, and the many ways that this history ties into current civic issues around voting.

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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through July 31. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time. Our Annual Meeting has been postponed until September 14. Click here for CHS's digital programs.