Upcoming Events

Fashion & Textile Council Lecture: Killer Heels: The Art and History of the High Heeled Shoe

Thursday, March 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

Lisa Small, Curator of the Brooklyn Museum, explores the history of high heeled shoes, fashion’s most provocative accessory.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, April 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

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: Springtime Crafts From Around the World

Saturday, April 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Celebrate April with a Saturday of traditional Finnish kid-friendly crafts. Inspired by the CHS exhibit Sisu and Creativity: Finnish Cultural Heritage in Connecticut, kids can try sewing birch bark and weaving with paper to make a beautiful traditional craft to take home!

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Furniture Study Day: The Federal Period in Connecticut River Valley Furniture

Saturday, April 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm |

The CHS’s collection of early Connecticut furniture is unparalleled in its scope and depth, and this program will provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn about these important objects through up-close examination.

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Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Woven Wonders

Tuesday, April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Tuesday, weave through our exhibits and find the woven treasures hidden in our museum. Then, create your own woven ART-ifact from yarn or paper.

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Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Super Stencils

Wednesday, April 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Wednesday, learn about the designs found in the chairs, chests, and other wood ART-ifacts. Use these designs or invent your own design and stencil a box to take home.

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Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Elegant Embroidery

Thursday, April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Thursday, explore the world of elegant costumes and colorful embroidery. Get inspired by the clothing and needlework in the exhibits, then design and “sew” your own kid-friendly needlework.

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Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Marvelous Metal

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

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Friday, discover how metal is transformed into swords, lanterns, and other metal ART-ifacts. Then, design and make a punched tin lantern to take home.

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The History of Paper Money in Connecticut

Tuesday, April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

We invite CHS members to join us for a brown bag talk exploring the beginnings of paper money in the American Colonies with a focus on the Colony of Connecticut, which began its paper money in 1709 and tracing the development of this currency thru the American Revolution to 1780.

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Bus Trip to the Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury

Saturday, April 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

CHS will offer a bus trip to the Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury, where participants will tour the Hall, enjoy a Finnish lunch, and then visit several sites of historical significance to the community in eastern Connecticut.

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Opening Reception for Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf

Thursday, April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm |

We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the opening reception of Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf.

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Speak Up Co-founder Matthew Dicks

Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks

Saturday, April 29 @ 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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Concert: Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Please join us for a FREE concert by the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.

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Bus Trip to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum with Special Tour of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:30 am - 6:00 pm |

Join members of the CHS Decorative Arts Council on a special bus trip to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

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: Sensing History

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

Can you show someone a sound? Can you “see” objects without using your eyes? Explore how senses work by trying out different activities that investigate all the ways we see, hear, and feel the world around us. Try to guess the items in a mystery box, test out all the different ways sound travels, and create a sensory portrait of yourself or your favorite things.

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Speak Up at CHS: Storytelling Boot Camp with Matthew Dicks

Monday, July 31 @ 9:00 am - Friday, August 4 @ 4:00 pm |

Join 27-time Moth StorySLAM champion and four-time GrandSLAM champion storyteller 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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