Upcoming Events

New England’s Early Quilts and Quilters

Wednesday, January 22 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us as Lynne Z. Bassett, guest curator of Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts, offers an overview of New England quilting. You’ll learn about the women who made quilts, the labor involved in creating them, and the way that romantic nostalgia about quilt-making has affected our understanding of these women’s lives.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In CT

Saturday, January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

***SOLD OUT!*** 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

Saturday, January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

** SOLD OUT ** 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Free First Saturday

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

Saturday, February 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

*Rescheduled from Jan. 25* 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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Family Program: Quilted with Love

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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the CHS by creating your own teddy bear “quilt” and special valentine cards!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, February 1 @ 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

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Bob Steele on the Radio

Thursday, February 6 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Learn about Bob Steele’s journey from boxer to Connecticut radio legend!

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Behind the Scenes: Love and Lust

Saturday, February 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got you covered.

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Behind the Scenes: Love and Lust

Saturday, February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

**SOLD OUT** Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got you covered.

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, February 8 @ 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

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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Skinner’s Important Jewelry Consignment Day

Wednesday, February 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm |

The CHS will host Skinner for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment.

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Vacation Program: Connect the Clues!

Saturday, February 15 @ 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, February 15 @ 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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Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks

Saturday, February 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

*** We’re sorry, this event is sold out! *** 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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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In CT

Saturday, February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

***We’re sorry, this tour is sold out!*** 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

Saturday, February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

***We’re sorry, this tour is sold out!*** 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, February 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 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, February 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 May 16, 2020

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Join us for a guided tour of our latest exhibition.

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The Reverse Underground Railroad: Slavery and Kidnapping in Pre-Civil War America

Wednesday, March 4 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us for a talk and book signing with Dr. Richard Bell, the author of Stolen, a new book that tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America.

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, March 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 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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Speak Up at CHS: Master Class

Saturday, March 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

**SOLD OUT** Speak Up co-founder and Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop to help you refine your advanced storytelling skills.

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Family Program: Silly Saturday with Dr. Seuss

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

Help the CHS celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America! Enjoy special readings of Dr. Seuss’s book “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” and create your own wacky craft!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, March 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 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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POSTPONED: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, March 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

**This sold-out event has been POSTPONED to July 11.** 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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POSTPONED: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

**This sold-out event has been POSTPONED to July 11.** 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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POSTPONED: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Saturday, March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

**This sold-out event has been POSTPONED to July 11.** 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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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, March 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 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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POSTPONED: Brown Bag Lunch: A Man and His Maps

Thursday, March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Join us to learn about map-making in the days before GPS and Google. Bring your lunch to enjoy during the talk!

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POSTPONED: The Stuff about the Stuff: The Value and Imperiled Future of Collectors’ Papers

Friday, March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm |

What value does the “stuff about the stuff” — the notes, receipts, pictures, and clippings accumulated by antiques collectors over the years — have for today’s collectors? Why should they be saved? Find out from Maine Antiques Digest’s Jeanne Schinto.

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POSTPONED: Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks

Saturday, March 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm |

** SOLD OUT ** 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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POSTPONED: Quilt Discovery Day

Saturday, March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm |

Join expert Sue Reich for an opportunity to learn more about heirloom quilts. Make an appointment to have a quilt assessed, or come by to observe the process, just like in Antiques Roadshow!

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Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts Exhibit tour

Saturday, March 21 @ 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, March 28 @ 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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Wednesday, April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

We’re taking our Literary Club meeting to cyberspace! Grab a cup of coffee and settle down in front of your chosen device to chat with about this meeting’s chosen short story, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”. Click to learn how to join us!

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Cowboys and Empire: Colonial Cattle Frontiers in New England

Friday, April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

We invite CHS members and visitors to join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Jared Lucky

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Let’s Talk Hepburn

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

Join us online via Zoom to discuss Katharine Hepburn’s films, her deep roots in Connecticut, and — if you’re willing to do a little cooking at home — sample a batch of her famous brownies.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Saturday, April 4 |

Happy Birthday, Earth Day! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by tuning into our first episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and then enjoy the outdoors with a special scavenger hunt! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 4, at 10:00 am.

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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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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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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Saturday, April 18 |

A picture is worth a thousand words! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers, and then work together with your family to complete a special photography challenge! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Sunday, April 19 |

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 19 at 10:00 am.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

“Be careful what you wish for” is beautifully illustrated in Kit Reed’s 1962 “The New You”. Grab a cup of coffee and join us online for a casual chat about this classic short story.

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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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Coffee Hour with CHS: Spies of the American Revolution

Friday, April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Grab a snack and settle in front of your favorite device to learn some stories about espionage from the American Revolution in this interactive program. You’ll meet some famous spies and some that are not so well-known.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Saturday, April 25 |

Calling all explorers! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we look closely at maps made by Bernard Romans, a Connecticut mapmaker. Then, travel through Connecticut towns using historic maps! This episode will be released on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am.

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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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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Sunday, April 26 |

Do you have a favorite sport? What about a favorite athlete? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to uncover the story of a professional basketball player from Connecticut! This episode will be released on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 am.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, April 29 |

Give a warm welcome to spring with a special May Day celebration! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the history of the maypole and other springtime traditions. Then, create your own May basket with your family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 pm.

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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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us online for a conversation about “Charles”, the title character in Shirley Jackson’s lighthearted story of a very naughty little boy.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, May 6 |

What? A wooden ham? Why would you make such a thing? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories as we take a close look at this wacky artifact from the CHS collection. We’ll find out how it connects to one of Connecticut’s most well-known historic legends. This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week, our short story club tackles “The First Seven Years”, a Bernard Malamud story about a simple shoemaker’s search for a husband for his daughter.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Witches in Connecticut

Friday, May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

**Update: All the spots in this program have been claimed! We will run “Witches in Connecticut” for a future online Coffee Hour — keep an eye on this page, our social media and weekly email newsletter for more information!** Did you know that the first American witch trial was in Connecticut? Join this interactive online program to learn more about Connecticut’s history of witch hunting.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, May 13 |

Did you know every quilt is unique? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we look closely at quilts from the CHS collection. We’ll discover how basic shapes, like triangles and diamonds, can be used to create unique patterns. Then, design your own quilt square! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us online to chat about Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” a feminist mystery from 1917 based on a real-life murder case in rural Iowa.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Spies of the American Revolution

Friday, May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Grab a snack and settle in front of your favorite device to learn some stories about espionage from the American Revolution in this interactive program. You’ll meet some famous spies and some that are not so well-known.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, May 20 |

Imagine you were a kid 70 years ago! What toys would you have played with? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore some popular toys from the 1950s and 1960s and discover what they can tell us about the past! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

Join us online to chat about Hemingway’s 1927 work, “Hills Like White Elephants.”

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Witches in Connecticut

Friday, May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Did you know that the first American witch trial was in Connecticut? Join this interactive online program to learn more about Connecticut’s history of witch hunting.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, May 27 |

Uncover your family’s unique history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we investigate how historic objects and oral histories can help uncover the fascinating stories of your ancestors. Then, work with your family to create a family tree! This episode will be released on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Casual chat about classic short stories. This week’s selection is Kate Chopin’s “A Pair of Silk Stockings”. Join us!

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Witches in Connecticut

Friday, May 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Did you know that the first American witch trial was in Connecticut? Join this interactive online program to learn more about Connecticut’s history of witch hunting.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Witches in Connecticut

Friday, May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Did you know that the first American witch trial was in Connecticut? Join this interactive online program to learn more about Connecticut’s history of witch hunting.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, June 3 |

Travel back in time with art! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to discover how historic artwork can help us connect with the past. Explore the fascinating story of Governor Jonathan Trumbull by looking closely at a unique drawing from the CHS collection. This episode will be released on June 3 at 1:00 pm.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Something Old, Something New

Friday, June 5 @ 2:00 pm |

Join us online to learn about the evolution of the white wedding dress, using examples from our collection.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, June 10 |

Have some good old fashioned fun in the summer sun! If you were a kid long ago, what games would you have played? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to find out! Join my family and me as we explore some popular games from the past, and then get outside and try them with your family! This episode will be released Wednesday, June 10 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for casual chat about short works of literature. This week’s selection: “The Lovely Troubled Daughters of Our Old Crowd” by John Updike.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Remembering G. Fox and Co.

Friday, June 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for an overview of the history of Hartford’s most iconic department store and the story of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the pioneering businesswoman who led G. Fox & Co. through its golden age. 

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, June 17 |

Why is Connecticut often called the nutmeg state? What is a nutmeg anyway? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to uncover the fascinating story behind this Connecticut nickname! Then, try out a special recipe featuring nutmeg and make a delicious treat for your family!

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Black History Beyond the Amistad

Friday, June 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us as we look at collection items that tell the stories of black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to today.

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Speak Up Live: Stories From Around the World

Saturday, June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm |

Enjoy live, world-class storytelling from the comfort of your home, led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and acclaimed author Matt Dicks.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, June 24 |

Experience Connecticut’s magical history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner as we learn about Albert Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s. Then, learn how to create and perform a magic trick that will astound your entire family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, June 24 at 1:00 pm.

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

Wednesday, June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Online program! 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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for casual conversation about classic short works of literature. This week we’re reading legendary Hartford poet Wallace Stevens.

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Dan Foster & Eric McDonald in Concert

Thursday, June 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm |

Join us for our first virtual summer concert, with Dan Foster and Eric McDonald, and special appearances from the Irish dancers of Scoil Rince Luimni. We can’t all be out on the lawn at CHS, but you can enjoy this performance anywhere, showing at 5pm, Thursday June 25 on the CHS Youtube Channel. Dan Foster and Eric McDonald play traditional Irish music. With Dan on the fiddle and Eric playing guitar and singing vocals, their repertoire includes music that goes…

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

Friday, June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for an overview of the history of Hartford’s most iconic department store and the story of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the pioneering businesswoman who led G. Fox & Co. through its golden age.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, July 1 |

Have you ever wondered why people always look unhappy in historic photos? Were they always bored? Did they just dislike smiling? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to investigate this mystery! Then, find your favorite family photo and share it with us! This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 1 at 1:00 pm.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, July 8 |

Where did colonists get their food? What did they like to eat? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to travel back in time and explore life during colonial times! Then, learn how to make a special colonial recipe! This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s online story club takes on Dashiell Hammett, the master of “hardboiled detective” fiction.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: From Hoopskirts to Flappers

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

Browse through our clothing collection to see the dramatic change in women’s clothing from the Civil War era to the Roaring ’20’s.

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Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, July 15 |

Have you ever heard of Sergeant Stubby? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and uncover the story of Sergeant Stubby, a heroic dog from WWI, and celebrate his many acts of bravery during the war. This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

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Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History

Thursday, July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Celebrate the release of Hamilton on Disney + by tuning in to this live, online talk. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States — and about why all that matters.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Taverns in Early Connecticut

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

***SOLD OUT!*** What was it like to step into a tavern in early Connecticut? Join this virtual program to find out!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, July 22 |

What is a telegraph? How is it used to send messages using Morse code? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner and put your code-breaking skills to the test! Join us as we explore the history of Morse Code and work together to decipher this unique language of dots and dashes. This episode will be released on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

Join us to discuss an excerpt from the autobiography of Dakota Sioux activist and author Zitkala-Sa.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Katharine Hepburn from Hartford to Hollywood

Friday, July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Explore the Connecticut roots of this legendary actress.

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Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, July 29 |

Have you ever seen a bicycle like this? Do you think it would be easy to ride? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Look closely at a variety of Connecticut-made bicycles and investigate the many ways they have evolved throughout history.

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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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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, August 5 |

Bang! Zap! Kapow! Journey into the world of some of Connecticut’s most well-known superheroes, including the Invisible Scarlet O’Neil. Then, create your own superhero identity and design part of your costume! This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 pm.

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Tang & DJ Stealth in Concert

Thursday, August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm |

Join us for Hartford hip-hop artists Tang and DJ Stealth! Chat with fellow concert-goers during the YouTube Concert Premiere at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ7kJPjm_O8. John Manselle-Young, known around Hartford as Tang Sauce or Tang, has musical roots that go deep in African-American tradition. He is an active part of the Hartford arts community, performing widely as a B-boy, theatrical performer, and musician. His hip-hop performances have earned him recognition from Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, a group founded in 1968 that has…

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Black History Beyond the Amistad

Friday, August 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Journey through our collection to find objects that tell the stories of Black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to today.

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The Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through August 18. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.
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