Upcoming Events

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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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 @ 5:45 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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“Keep America American”: The Klan In Connecticut

Saturday, September 14 @ 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, 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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The Transformative 1980s and 1990s in LGBTQ Connecticut

Thursday, September 26 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us as Professor William Mann, Director of the LGBT Center at Central Connecticut State University, discusses the emergence of a powerful LGBT movement in Connecticut at the end of the 20th century.

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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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credit: Historic New England

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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Exhibit Opening Reception: Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts

Thursday, October 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the Opening Reception for Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts.

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Seizing Citizenship: African Americans, Colonization, and the Pursuit of Citizenship in the Antebellum United States

Tuesday, October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

We invite CHS members and visitors to join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Kevin S. Hooper

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

Tuesday, October 15 @ 5:45 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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy

Saturday, October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, and death portraits haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Get ready for Halloween with this look at our most spine-chilling objects!

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy

Saturday, October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, and death portraits haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Get ready for Halloween with this look at our most spine-chilling objects!

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Exhibit Opening Reception: War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution

Thursday, October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the opening reception for War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution.

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

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

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

Saturday, November 9 @ 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 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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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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 |

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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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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One event on November 30, 2019 at 1:00 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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, December 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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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.

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

January 25, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

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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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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