Upcoming Events

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, August 4 |

This glove connects us to a well-known Connecticut legend…do you know which one? Look closely at this object and several other items from the CHS collection to investigate one of Connecticut’s most puzzling tales that has left people curious for decades.

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

Thursday, August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Taverns in Early Connecticut

Friday, August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

What was it like to step into a tavern in early Connecticut? Join us to find out!

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, August 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 December 4, 2021

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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 Grab and Go Bags: A Day at the Beach

Saturday, August 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Get ready for the end-of-summer beach days with a FREE family grab and go bag, available one day only! Explore the stories of some of Connecticut’s well-known beaches. Then, revamp your summer wardrobe by decorating your own visor and a pair of sunglasses – ALL necessary materials included!

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

Thursday, August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, August 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s story is “Roy Spivey” by Miranda July.

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Kuchipudi – A South Indian Dance Presentation

Saturday, August 14 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm |

An intro to Kuchipudi classical dance, Carnatic music, and dance’s social and cultural history.

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

Thursday, August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

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CCHAP Summer Concert Series: The Undaunted Professor Harp

Thursday, August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

The third concert in our 6th annual summer concert series is blues music, presented by Professor Harp. This concert will take place on the beautiful CHS lawns at 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. Grounds are open for seating and picnicking from 5 PM, and the music from 6PM – 7PM. All of the CHS outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and food, and a food truck will be available…

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

Saturday, August 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until August 21, 2021

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Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history.

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Asian American Poets and Community Dialogue: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Saturday, August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm |

Join us for a unique series of poetry readings and community dialogues! The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn and the Connecticut Historical Society, along with Make Us Visible CT, invite you to listen to Connecticut’s Asian American poets and explore personal stories and local histories. The first event in the series features Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, and you can register for FREE tickets here.   Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a writer and visual artist. He is the author of two…

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

Thursday, August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, September 1 |

Do you ever take goofy photos of your pets? What about professional portraits? Believe it or not, this trend has been around for decades! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to look at some of the pet portraits in the CHS collection, and then draw your very own pet!

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Spies of the American Revolution

Friday, September 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us to learn about Nutmeggers who spied during the American Revolution!

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, September 4 @ 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 December 4, 2021

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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: Miniature Museums

Saturday, September 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Honey, I shrunk the furniture! Look closely at some of the pocket-sized portraits and tiny dollhouse furniture from the CHS collection. Then, build, decorate, and design your own miniature furniture and portrait! 

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s story is “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich.

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Exhibition Opening Reception: Albert’s Odd Jobs: Making a Living in the 1800s

Thursday, September 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

Please join us for the in-person opening reception for the exhibit, Albert’s Odd Jobs: Making a Living in the 1800s.

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CCHAP Summer Concert Series: The Vox Hunters, with Jerry Bryant

Saturday, September 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

The 4th and final concerts of our annual summer concert series will be New England maritime and sea chanteys with the Vox Hunters and Jerry Bryant. This concert will take place on the beautiful CHS lawn. Grounds are open for seating and picnicking from 5 PM, and music is from 6PM – 7PM. All of the CHS outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and food, and a food…

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

Saturday, September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history. You will have the opportunity to card wool, “work” in a textile factory, and more!

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Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers and Won the Vote

Wednesday, September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

CHS is pleased to welcome distinguished historian Martha S. Jones for a virtual talk about Black women and their fight for the vote.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week we’ll discuss “Let Go” by Lee Upton.

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The Dark Treason of Benedict Arnold

Thursday, September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell as he reconstructs the life and times of Benedict Arnold, the reasons for his treason, and the larger problems of betrayal and desertion that dogged the Continental Army throughout the war.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, October 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 December 4, 2021

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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: Dance Party!

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

Dance, listen, and play in celebration of International Music Day! Watch a special performance of Bomba, a traditional Puerto Rican dance, and then learn about the different instruments, rhythms, and choreography!

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, October 6 |

Did you know the CHS is located in the former house of a Hartford Inventor? Join the CHS on a virtual journey through the home of Curtis Veeder. Explore his life, his inventions, and the items that make his house so unique!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is the classic “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

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Asian American Poets and Community Dialogue: Debora Kuan

Saturday, October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for a unique series of poetry readings and community dialogues! The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn and the Connecticut Historical Society, along with Make Us Visible CT, invite you to listen to Connecticut’s Asian American poets and explore personal stories and local histories. The second event in the series features Debora Kuan, and you can register for FREE tickets here.   Debora Kuan is the author of two poetry collections, Xing and Lunch Portraits. Currently,…

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is the story that launched Mark Twain to fame (and Hartford), “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical story about the Vietnam War.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, November 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 December 4, 2021

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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: What’s the Magic Word?

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

Abracadabra! Alakazam! Let’s make the past reappear! Explore some magical items of Albert Walker, a Connecticut magician, then design your own magic wand and learn how to perform a magic trick of your own!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is an excerpt from the novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Connecticut author Ocean Vuong.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is “A Temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, December 4 @ 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 December 4, 2021

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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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