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Frank Smith correspondence

June 20, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

How would you feel if your younger son went off to war? Annie Smith of New London, was nearly beside herself when son Frank joined the Quartermaster Corp in 1918. Her letters to him, part of the many letters sent to popular Frank, are filled with comments about how much she misses him, how she…
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Lace patterns from England

December 19, 2012 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

We recently acquired a small leather-bound book of graph paper in which William Blore of Nottingham, England, drew patterns for the lace he manufactured. In many cases he affixed a sample of the lace for reference. In 1910, Bernard Blore (relationship still unknown) moved to America and by 1930 he was vice president of Connecticut…
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What is this?

May 28, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits ·

Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it? To find out more,

Somewhere in France

December 11, 2013 · Collections ·

Ellsworth A. Hawkes worked for the Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford before joining the army in World War I. On December 7, 1917, he wrote to a co-worker, Ben Meyers, from somewhere in France, where he was with the 101st Machine Gun Battalion. He reported that so far the weather had been seasonable and he…
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What is this?

April 8, 2014 · Collections, Exhibits ·

Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it? To find out more,

In a chicken coop like place

In a chicken coop like place

July 30, 2014 · Collections ·

I’ve seen movies and television shows that were set during World War I, but it still amazes me how relatively primitive things were in the early 20th century.

The Art of Giving Thanks

November 28, 2014 · Collections ·

While we associate the Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and cranberry sauce, the actual art of giving thanks has had a range of meanings throughout history.

Family Program: Victory Vegetables

June 2, 2018 · ·

Join us for the first family program of our new exhibit, Facing War: Connecticut in World War I. Decorate a mason jar and plant a vegetable to take home! This event will also kick off our CHS Victory Garden, so check out our backyard garden and learn more about this exciting summer program!

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

June 9, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

June 16, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

June 23, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

June 30, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

July 7, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

July 14, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Family Meet-Up at Auerfarm: Grown in Connecticut

Meet us at Auerfarm in Bloomfield, CT and spend the afternoon on the farm! Learn how local farms produce food, visit the animal friends, and take a hayride tour of the farm.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

July 21, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

July 28, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

August 4, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

August 11, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

August 18, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

August 25, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Family Program: Connecticut Goes to Work

September 1, 2018 · ·

Come to Free First Saturday at the CHS to experience life as a factory worker during WWI. Kids and families can try their hands at various factory jobs and then make their own airplane or submarine to take home!

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

September 8, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

September 15, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

September 22, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

September 29, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Family Program: Sgt. Stubby and Hero Hounds

October 6, 2018 · ·

Join us as we learn about Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I, and other animal heroes from Connecticut! Visit with a military working dog and its handler, see the new feature film “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” and make a craft to take home!

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

October 20, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

October 27, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

The Cost of War

October 30, 2018 · Exhibits ·

“Had a surprise visit from Matt about a week ago. He came upon our company accidentally while snooping around up near where we were. . . Well as he probably told you I’m well and only hope I can stay well for one month more and then I guess I’ll be safe & sure of…
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Family Program: Remembering Armistice Day

November 3, 2018 · ·

Join us on Free First Saturday as we remember those who served in World War I and those serving in the armed forces today. Kids and families can create a unique poppy pin, and make a card or postcard to send to military service members from Connecticut who are deployed around the world.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

November 17, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

November 24, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

Exhibit Tour of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I

December 1, 2018 · ·

Every Saturday, join a CHS staff member for a guided tour of the highlights of Facing War: Connecticut in World War I.

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