Upcoming Events

Homeschool Day Workshop: Patriots of the Revolution

Wednesday, January 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 8-11.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Can You Pass the Citizenship Test?

Friday, January 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Every year, hundreds of thousands of aspiring immigrants take the USCIS Citizenship test. Over 90% pass. Would you? Join us and find out!

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Online Workshop: Surfing Anglican Records for Your Caribbean Ancestors

Saturday, January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm |

Whether you are researching early colonial families involved in the West Indies, enslaved Africans or more recent arrivals to America, this workshop will start you on an exciting journey into your past.

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Choosing Sides

Wednesday, January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 12+.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, a vision of a dystopian America in which “all men are created equal” is taken to extremes.

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Exhibit Opening Reception (Virtual): Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

Thursday, January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Please join us for a virtual opening reception for Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, February 3 |

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Love and Lust

Friday, February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

It’s February, and you know what that means — Valentine’s Day is on the way.  This virtual tour of our collection will highlight objects associated with love and romance. We’ll look at the sweet side of love, but also at some stories of love going sour. Some of the stories are a little risque, so adults only, please!

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Valentines for Kids

Saturday, February 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with a FREE Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Using historic valentines from the CHS collection as inspiration, create one-of-a-kind valentines to give to your loved ones – ALL necessary materials included!

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Lunch and Learn: Sarah Harris: A Catalyst for Change in Antebellum Connecticut.

Tuesday, February 9 @ 12:05 pm - 1:05 pm |

Sarah Harris is the first African American to have integrated an all-white school in America. She wanted ‘a little more learning.” So she went to a white teacher, Prudence Crandall, and asked for permission to attend her day school.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Biography of a Dress.”

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Speak Up Live: Love Is A Battlefield

Saturday, February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |

Join us from home to hear storytellers from around the world tell true stories about lived experiences around the theme of “Love IS A Battlefield”, led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Black History Beyond the Amistad

Friday, February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

We share stories from our museum archives of Black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection: poems by Langston Hughes.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, March 3 |

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.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Rosie the Riveter

Friday, March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

What was it really like to be a working woman during World War II?

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Saturday, March 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Create your own newspaper masthead with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Investigate the story of Hannah Watson, a Revolutionary War-Era newspaper editor. Then, write your own newspaper article about a major event from your lifetime – ALL necessary materials included!

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The Queer History of the Suffrage Movement

Wednesday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Learn about the role that queer suffragists played in the fight for women’s right to vote.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is the the novella “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Hartford native Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Coffe Hour with CHS: The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

Friday, March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us to learn more about the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program in traditional arts.

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Speak Up Live: Behind the Scenes Wedding Stories

Saturday, March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |

Join us from home to hear storytellers from around the world tell true stories about lived experiences around the theme of “Behind the Scenes Wedding Stories”, led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find.”

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Goods for Sale!

Saturday, April 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Design your own tavern sign with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Explore our “Inns and Taverns Signs of Connecticut,” and then start your own business! Decide what you want to sell and then create a sign to advertise your new shop – ALL necessary materials included!

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Shirts, Shoes, and Service: The Connecticut Historical Society and Its Early Contemporaries

Wednesday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

In 2025, the CHS will mark its 200th birthday. What was it like to visit us in our early days?

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Notable Nutmeggers

Saturday, May 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Explore stories of Connecticut people with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Then, pick your own “person of the year” and draw their portrait – ALL necessary materials included!

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Construction Creations

Saturday, June 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Complete a construction challenge with a FREE Family Grab and Grab Go Bag, available one day only! Explore Hartford architecture through the drawings of Connecticut artist Richard Welling. Then, build your own unique structure – ALL necessary materials included!

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