Upcoming Events

“For the benevolent and glorious purpose of diffusing Christian knowledge in the new settlements”: The Connecticut Missionary Society in the Northeastern Borderlands

Thursday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

We invite CHS members and visitors to join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Dr. John Morton, a New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) fellow who is conducting research here this fall.

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Images and the Fight for American Women’s Voting Rights

Thursday, November 14 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

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

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Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks

Saturday, November 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

***Sorry, this workshop is sold out!*** Speak Up co-founder and Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks offers a day-long workshop for those ready to move beyond the beginning workshop and tell their own stories.

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Open Studio Hartford at CHS

Saturday, November 16 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm |

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 30th annual city-wide tour.  This 2 day event will feature

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Open Studio Hartford at CHS

Sunday, November 17 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm |

The CHS will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 30th annual city-wide tour.  This 2 day event will feature

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, November 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Speak Up at CHS: Book Launch Party!

Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm |

Join bestselling author and storyteller Matthew Dicks for the launch of his latest novel, Twenty-One Truths About Love. There’ll be contests, Q&A, wine, and, of course, storytelling!

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, November 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

** We’re sorry, this tour is sold out! ** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! 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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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**We’re sorry, this tour is sold out!** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, November 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 12, 2020

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, December 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Family Program: Poppers and Holiday Traditions

Saturday, December 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Join the CHS for our annual popper craft! Make your very own popper to use as a gift, a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, or a holiday party favor!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, December 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962

Tuesday, December 10 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Fashion historian and writer Rebecca C. Tuite tells the story of fashion magazine Vogue during the 1950s, under the leadership of Jessica Daves, who catapulted the magazine into the modern era. A small pop-up exhibit of period clothing from out collection will be on view.

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Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Sexuality in Colonial New England

Thursday, December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

We invite CHS members and visitors to join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Emily J. Clark

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, December 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

** We’re sorry, but this tour is sold out.** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! 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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

**We’re sorry, this event is sold out!** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, December 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Speak Up. True stories. Real people.

Speak Up at CHS: Crafty

Saturday, December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm |

Join us for another wonderful performance by Speak Up — storytellers sharing their lived experiences. Museum galleries open from 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, December 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

Friday, December 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Join us for special readings of Faith Ringgold’s book “Tar Beach” at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. After the story, create an imaginative craft inspired by your own dreams.

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Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

Saturday, December 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Join us while we explore the story of “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant” by David McKee. There will be readings at 10:00 am and 11:00 am, followed by the chance to create your own patchwork elephant!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, December 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Free First Saturday

January 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Family Program: Charting Your Story: Maps

January 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Discover the exciting story of mapmaker Bernard Romans! Explore the exhibit “War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution” and then participate in hands-on map making activities and crafts.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 12, 2020

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

January 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

A “book club” for those of us with short attention spans! We meet every couple of months and discuss short stories that have a connection to our exhibits and collections. All are welcome! Click to find out what story we’re exploring this month.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 12, 2020

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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

January 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

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.

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

January 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

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.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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New England’s Early Quilts and Quilters

January 22, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

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.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

January 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Free First Saturday

February 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Speak Up at CHS: Beginner Storytelling Workshop with Speak Up co-Founder Matthew Dicks

February 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

*Rescheduled from Jan. 25* Speak Up co-founder and Moth StorySLAM winner and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks offers a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop for beginners.

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Family Program: Quilted with Love

February 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the CHS by creating your own teddy bear “quilt” and special valentine cards!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Bob Steele on the Radio

February 6, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Learn about Bob Steele’s journey from boxer to Connecticut radio legend!

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Behind the Scenes: Love and Lust

February 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got you covered.

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Behind the Scenes: Love and Lust

February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got you covered.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Vacation Program: Connect the Clues!

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Are you a true history detective? Join us on this fun-filled history quest! Using only a map as your guide, solve riddles and explore the museum in search of clues to uncover the unique stories of Connecticut’s past.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks

February 22, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

Speak Up co-founder and Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks offers a day-long workshop for those ready to move beyond the beginning workshop and tell their own stories.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Reverse Underground Railroad: Slavery and Kidnapping in Pre-Civil War America

March 4, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, the author of Stolen, a new book that tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America.

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Free First Saturday

March 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 12, 2020

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! 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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

March 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Find out more »

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

March 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Brown Bag Lunch: A Man and His Maps

March 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Join us to learn about map-making in the days before GPS and Google. Bring your lunch to enjoy during the talk!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

March 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Free First Saturday

April 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

April 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

April 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Behind-the-Scenes: Tories, Spies, and Traitors in Revolutionary Connecticut

April 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm |

A diary signed “Nathan Hale”. A felt hat scarred by bullet holes. A scarlet uniform coat with gleaming buttons. Come behind-the-scenes to see objects that tell the stories of Connecticans who lived through the American Revolution.

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Behind-the-Scenes: Tories, Spies, and Traitors in Revolutionary Connecticut

April 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

A diary signed “Nathan Hale”. A felt hat scarred by bullet holes. A scarlet uniform coat with gleaming buttons. Come behind-the-scenes to see objects that tell the stories of Connecticans who lived through the American Revolution.

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Behind-the-Scenes: Tories, Spies, and Traitors in Revolutionary Connecticut

April 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

A diary signed “Nathan Hale”. A felt hat scarred by bullet holes. A scarlet uniform coat with gleaming buttons. Come behind-the-scenes to see objects that tell the stories of Connecticans who lived through the American Revolution.

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American Silk: From Sericulture to Status Symbol

April 29, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Learn about the rise and fall of silk manufacturing in America with guest speaker Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Free First Saturday

May 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Something Old, Something New

May 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm |

From colonial to modern times, how did Connecticans tie the knot? You’ll go behind the scenes into CHS’s collections storage areas to look at clothing, photographs, and other artifacts that document 300-plus years of wedding customs and traditions.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Something Old, Something New

May 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

From colonial to modern times, how did Connecticans tie the knot? You’ll go behind the scenes into CHS’s collections storage areas to look at clothing, photographs, and other artifacts that document 300-plus years of wedding customs and traditions.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Something Old, Something New

May 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

From colonial to modern times, how did Connecticans tie the knot? You’ll go behind the scenes into CHS’s collections storage areas to look at clothing, photographs, and other artifacts that document 300-plus years of wedding customs and traditions.

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Free First Saturday

June 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Free First Saturday

July 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Free First Saturday

August 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until August 31, 2020

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Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Saturday, November 16, the Waterman Research Center will be closed all day. Come visit the 30th Annual Open Studio.