Upcoming Events

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Outdoor Concert Series: Zikina

Thursday, June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

Come enjoy a free outdoor concert of Ugandan fusion music on the CHS lawn. Bring a picnic, or enjoy delicious food from the Baba Ghanoush food truck!

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Curator Talk

Saturday, June 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

Join Chief Curator Ilene Frank for an informal and fun conversation about the LGBTQ history project, a collaboration between CHS and CCSU.

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Bus Trip to Lyman Allyn Museum of Art

Tuesday, June 25 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm |

Road-trip with CHS to view Lyman Allyn Museum of Art’s fantastic exhibition “Tiffany in New London”.

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Irish session at Patrick’s Pub

Tuesday, June 25 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm |

Join mentor artist Torrin Ryan and his apprentices at their Irish session in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Curator Talk

Wednesday, June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join Chief Curator Ilene Frank for an informal and fun conversation about the LGBTQ history project, a collaboration between CHS and CCSU.

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Celtic Harp at the North Scituate Public Library

Thursday, June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm |

Join mentor artist Mary King and her apprentice Elaine Killough for an evening of Celtic harp music at the North Scituate Public Library in Rhode Island!

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, July 6 @ 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, 2019

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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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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, July 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Adventure Days: Comics and Capes

Tuesday, July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Did you know that Connecticut was the first state in America to print a comic book? Join the CHS for a fun-filled journey into the world of superheroes and comic books! Take a look at comic books from Connecticut, and then create your own comic-inspired craft.

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Beyond the Amistad: Black History at CHS

Wednesday, July 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on July 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

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The CHS is partnering with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to offer a joint program that explores the Black experience in Connecticut!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Wednesday, July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

If you like the idea of a book club, but worry about the time commitment, this group is for you!

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Family Adventure Days: Comics and Capes

Thursday, July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Did you know that Connecticut was the first state in America to print a comic book? Join the CHS for a fun-filled journey into the world of superheroes and comic books! Take a look at comic books from Connecticut, and then create your own comic-inspired craft.

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“Keep America American”: The Klan In Connecticut

Saturday, July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

In the 1920s, membership in the Ku Klux Klan exploded in Connecticut. Why? Join us in the gallery for a deep dive into this topic.

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

Tuesday, July 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment!

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Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

Thursday, July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment!

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Outdoor Concert Series: Betsy’s Band

Thursday, July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

Bring a picnic and enjoy a free outdoor concert and traditional New England country dance on the CHS lawn. Participation encouraged!

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Beyond the Amistad: Black History at CHS

Saturday, July 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on July 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

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The CHS is partnering with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to offer a joint program that explores the Black experience in Connecticut!

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Tour and Talkback

Saturday, July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on July 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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Join us for this opportunity to discuss the modern-day repercussions of America’s long denial of full citizenship for African Americans.

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Join the CHS as we journey into space! Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo as you learn about Connecticut’s role in the space industry and how our state helped astronauts travel to space. Then you can create your very own rocket ship! You can also dress up in an astronaut helmet and pose in our special outer space photo booth!

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Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

Thursday, July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join the CHS as we journey into space! Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo as you learn about Connecticut’s role in the space industry and how our state helped astronauts travel to space. Then you can create your very own rocket ship! You can also dress up in an astronaut helmet and pose in our special outer space photo booth!

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Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks

Saturday, July 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

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

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Speak Up at CHS: Storytelling Boot Camp with Matthew Dicks

Monday, July 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

Join 38-time Moth StorySLAM champion and internationally best-selling author Matthew Dicks for a week of storytelling instruction (and an opportunity to perform!).

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Family Adventure Days: Escape to Freedom

Tuesday, July 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Join the CHS as we explore the history of the Underground Railroad. You will get the chance to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. You can then make a constellation-inspired craft!

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How The Scottsboro Boys Can Help Us Talk About the History of Racism

Tuesday, July 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

Playhouse on Park and the CHS are partnering to explore how theater can help us discuss racism in American history.

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Family Adventure Days: Escape to Freedom

Thursday, August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join the CHS as we explore the history of the Underground Railroad. You will get the chance to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. You can then make a constellation-inspired craft!

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, August 3 @ 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, 2019

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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: History Bookworms

Saturday, August 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Calling all booklovers! Join the CHS for a celebration of National Booklover’s Day as we travel through time! Enjoy special readings of Mark Twain’s newly discovered children’s book “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine” at 10:15, 11:15, and 12:15, and then create your own book that tells the story of you! You can also visit our book nook and explore history through children’s picture books.

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Adventure Days: Wind, Wheels, and Water

Tuesday, August 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Travel through history as we explore the various modes of transportation used in Connecticut! Look at photographs from the CHS collection, and then build your own train, car, plane, or helicopter (a Connecticut invention), or invent something new!

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Skinner’s Important Jewelry Consignment Day

Wednesday, August 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm |

Meet with Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department staff for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your fine jewelry, paintings, sculpture and other fine arts. Space is limited and appointments are required!

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Family Adventure Days: Wind, Wheels, and Water

Thursday, August 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Travel through history as we explore the various modes of transportation used in Connecticut! Look at photographs from the CHS collection, and then build your own train, car, plane, or helicopter (a Connecticut invention), or invent something new!

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“Not Exactly a Paradise”: Fighting Segregation in Connecticut

Saturday, August 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

How did black activists push back against segregation and racial injustice in early 20th century Connecticut?

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Adventure Days: Construction Creations

Tuesday, August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Connecticut has so many interesting buildings: old ones, new ones, small ones, large ones. Explore images and drawings of Connecticut architecture from the CHS collection and build your own creation! Use toothpicks, uncooked pasta, toilet paper rolls, and much more to design and construct your own buildings!

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Family Adventure Days: Construction Creations

Thursday, August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Connecticut has so many interesting buildings: old ones, new ones, small ones, large ones. Explore images and drawings of Connecticut architecture from the CHS collection and build your own creation! Use toothpicks, uncooked pasta, toilet paper rolls, and much more to design and construct your own buildings!

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Outdoor Concert Series: Conjunto Guajiba y Sharina “La reinita que canta”

Thursday, August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

Come enjoy a free outdoor concert of Puerto Rican folk music on the CHS lawn. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from a food truck!

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Adventure Days: Magical Museums

Tuesday, August 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Experience Connecticut’s magical history by learning about Albert G. Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s, and exploring magical items from the CHS collection. You can then learn how to do special magic tricks and create a magic-inspired craft!

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Exhibit Opening Reception: Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

Tuesday, August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

We invite you to join us for the Opening Reception for Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community.

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Hopes and Expectations: The Origins of the Black Middle Class in Hartford

Wednesday, August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Bring your lunch and learn about a fascinating 19th-century African-American Hartford family with historian Barbara J. Beeching.

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Family Adventure Days: Magical Museums

Thursday, August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Experience Connecticut’s magical history by learning about Albert G. Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s, and exploring magical items from the CHS collection. You can then learn how to do special magic tricks and create a magic-inspired craft!

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Soo-Eun Kwak wearing yellow and blue hanbok, holding gayageum upright

Special Concert: Soo-Eun Kwak

Thursday, August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

CHS welcomes Soo-Eun Kwak, internationally recognized performer of the gayageum, for a special Connecticut performance.

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, August 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Family Program: Celebrate West Indian Culture

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

Discover the traditions behind West Indian carnival costumes! These costumes, or Mas (short for masquerade), represent an important and beloved art form in West Indian communities. Explore our new Mas exhibit, featuring carnival costumes made by Hartford teens. Then come meet some of the talented young people that made the costumes, and learn how to create mas and about some of the ways West Indian carnival is celebrated!

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

Thursday, September 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner will discuss the wide-ranging effect of the Civil War and Reconstruction in this free lecture.

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Exhibit tour of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow”

Saturday, September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until September 15, 2019

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Join us each Saturday for a staff-guided tour of this thought-provoking exhibit. 

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Member Meet-Up: The Austin House

Saturday, September 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Join us for a guided tour of the West End home of legendary Wadsworth Atheneum curator A. Everett “Chick” Austin!

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Family Program: Fall Harvest

Saturday, October 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Join the CHS for a fun-filled day of popular fall activities! Participate in wheelbarrow relay races, play pumpkin ring toss, and then create your own scarecrow-inspired craft!

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Bus Trip to Historic New England

Monday, October 7 @ 7:45 am - 5:30 pm |

Road-trip with CHS to see Historic New England’s jewelry collection!

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Of Bones and Skeletons: Battlefield Clean-Up During the American War of Independence

Tuesday, October 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

What happened to those who fell on the battlefields of the American Revolution? Join us to find out!

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Images and the Fight for American Women’s Voting Rights

Thursday, November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

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

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