Upcoming Events

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Sunday, April 5 |

What is a collection? What fascinating stories can it teach us about the past? Tune into our first episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! This episode will be released Sunday, April 5, at 10:00 am.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Saturday, April 11 |

Turn your trash into treasure! Tune into our latest episode of Kat’s Creative Corner for part 2 of our Earth Day Birthday celebration! Learn about upcycling and then create your own craft out of reusable materials found in your home! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 11, at 10:00 am.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Sunday, April 12 |

Take a break from the digital world and create a journal with your family! Explore the importance of written word and how it helps us learn about about the past. Then, decorate your own journal and fill it with pictures, stories, and special memories! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 12, at 10:00 am.

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Vacation Program: Whale of a State

Tuesday, April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

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Vacation Program: Whale of a State

Tuesday, April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

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Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

Thursday, April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

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Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

Thursday, April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us online to chat about a classic short story, Ring Lardner’s deceptively simple story of small-town gossip, “Haircut”.

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

Thursday, April 16 @ 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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Coffee Hour with CHS: Women’s Suffrage in CT

Friday, April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us online to chat with CHS staff about the women’s suffrage movement in CT, and get a sneak peek of the stories that will be featured in our upcoming exibit, “A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage.”

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

Saturday, April 18 @ 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

Saturday, April 18 @ 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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“The Work Must Be Done:” Women of Color and the Right to Vote

Thursday, April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm |

The CHS is doing exciting new research into women of color who worked for women’s suffrage. Join us for this evening conversation about these historical figures, the importance of having a history that is inclusive, and the many ways that this history ties into current civic issues around voting.

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Family Program: Connect the Clues!

Saturday, April 25 @ 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

Saturday, April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 16, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Lies, Propaganda, Spin, or Self-Deception: The Diverse Shades of Persuasive Cartography

Sunday, April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

**CANCELED** Learn about the many ways that maps can deceive from Mark Monmonier, author of “How To Lie With Maps”.

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POSTPONED: American Silk: From Sericulture to Status Symbol

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

**This event is postponed** 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

Saturday, May 2 @ 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: May Day

Saturday, May 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Help the CHS welcome spring with a May Day celebration! Learn about the history of May Day by creating your own May basket, singing around a Maypole, and participating in many more springtime activities!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 16, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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

Thursday, May 7 @ 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

Saturday, May 9 @ 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

Saturday, May 9 @ 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 16, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

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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

Saturday, May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 16, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Author Talk and Book Signing: Jim Rasenberger, “Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America”

Monday, May 18 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm |

Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of an important new book about Connecticut legend Sam Colt!

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Film and Talkback: “Auntie”, a film by Lisa Harewood

Thursday, May 21 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us for a free screening of “Auntie”, a film that examines the lives of Caribbean families separated by migration, followed by a community discussion. All ages welcome!

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, June 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, 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: Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, June 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Celebrate the dog days of summer at the CHS! Have some fun with toys and games on the CHS lawn, including some Connecticut-originals like Frisbees, Silly Putty, and Wiffle Balls. Also, make a dog or cat toy to take home to your favorite furry friend!

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Speak Up Co-founder Matthew Dicks

Speak Up at CHS: Teen Angst

Saturday, June 6 @ 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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Connecticut Open House Day 2020

Saturday, June 13 |

CHS is participating in Open House Day 2020 — free admission to our exhibit galleries all day!

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Behind The Scenes Tour: Black History Beyond the Amistad at CHS

Saturday, June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

This behind-the-scenes tour of our collections spaces will highlight items that tell the story of black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to today.

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Behind The Scenes Tour: Black History Beyond the Amistad at CHS

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

This behind-the-scenes tour of our collections spaces will highlight items that tell the story of black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to today.

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Speak Up Podcast: LIVE!

Saturday, June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm |

Help Speak Up Storytelling Podcast celebrate their 100th episode with a live podcast event at the CHS!

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Family Adventure Days: Help on the Homefront

Thursday, July 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

The CHS wants YOU for help on the homefront! Join the CHS as we uncover all of the ways men, women, and children got involved in the war effort in their homes and in factories.

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Family Adventure Days: Help on the Homefront

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

The CHS wants YOU for help on the homefront! Join the CHS as we uncover all of the ways men, women, and children got involved in the war effort in their homes and in factories.

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Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

Tuesday, July 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

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Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

Tuesday, July 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

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Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

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

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

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Family Adventure Days: Vote For Me!

Thursday, July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Celebrate the right to vote! This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Join the CHS as we investigate Connecticut’s role in the suffrage movement through a variety of hands-on activities.

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Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

Tuesday, July 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

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Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

Tuesday, July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

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Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

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

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

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Family Adventure Days: Tinker, Test, Invent!

Thursday, July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Did you know that Frisbees, helicopters, and can openers were all invented in Connecticut? Join the CHS as we discover the stories behind some of Connecticut’s most famous inventors, explore the science behind these creations, and then challenge yourself to create Connecticut’s newest gadget!

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Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

Tuesday, July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

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Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

Tuesday, July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

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Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

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

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

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Family Adventure Days: Craft Like a Colonist

Thursday, July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Become a colonial craftsman! Travel back in time to experience colonial work life through close-looking at special artifacts and hands-on activities. Try working as a tinsmith, a printer, a sailor, and more!

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Speak Up Boot Camp

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

**SOLD OUT** Join Speak Up founder, 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion, 6-time GrandSLAM champion, and best-selling author Matthew Dicks for a week of storytelling instruction culminating in a showcase performance where you can perform your story and show off your skills to a live audience.

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Family Adventure Days: That’s Made of What?!

Tuesday, July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Have you ever heard of a wooden nickel? Or jewelry made of hair? Explore a variety of everyday objects and challenge yourself to uncover what wacky materials were used to create them! Then, see how many common objects you can create using a variety of unconventional and seemingly bizarre items!

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Family Adventure Days: That’s Made of What?!

Tuesday, July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Have you ever heard of a wooden nickel? Or jewelry made of hair? Explore a variety of everyday objects and challenge yourself to uncover what wacky materials were used to create them! Then, see how many common objects you can create using a variety of unconventional and seemingly bizarre items!

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Family Adventure Days: That’s Made of What?!

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

Have you ever heard of a wooden nickel? Or jewelry made of hair? Explore a variety of everyday objects and challenge yourself to uncover what wacky materials were used to create them! Then, see how many common objects you can create using a variety of unconventional and seemingly bizarre items!

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Family Adventure Days: That’s Made of What?!

Thursday, July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Have you ever heard of a wooden nickel? Or jewelry made of hair? Explore a variety of everyday objects and challenge yourself to uncover what wacky materials were used to create them! Then, see how many common objects you can create using a variety of unconventional and seemingly bizarre items!

Find out more »

Free First Saturday

Saturday, August 1 @ 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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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.Click here for CHS's digital programs.