Upcoming Events

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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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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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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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, August 12 |

What candy was a popular treat for soldiers during WWII? What made this candy so unique? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to find out! Explore how candy was used to fuel U.S. soldiers during the war, and then make a special chocolate treat to enjoy with your family! This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 12 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

**Rescheduled from August 6** Our literary club takes on Zora Neale Hurston’s “Drenched in Light”, a story about a young Black girl with an indomitable spirit.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: That’s Weird!

Friday, August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Why are the mourners in this elaborate embroidery all missing heads? We don’t know! Tune in to this interactive, online program to learn about this item and some of the other weird, confounding, and bizarre stuff in our museum!

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, August 19 |

What is weaving? What makes it so important? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and help us welcome our special guests, Tseyang and Tentso, weavers from Tibet. Join us as they share the story of their family’s connection with weaving while looking closely at some of their handmade items. This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:00 pm.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for a discussion about a dark moral fable by genre master Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: The Flu Pandemic of 1918

Friday, August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Connecticans lived through a pandemic 100 years ago. What was it like? Join us to find out, through the eyes of a few residents who experienced it first-hand.

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Speak Up Live: Letting Go

Saturday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm |

Join us from home to hear storytellers from around the world tell true stories about lived experiences around the theme of “Letting Go,” led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks,

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, August 26 |

What is a tavern sign? Why do so many of them feature images of animals? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to find out! Look closely at some of the tavern signs in the CHS collection to discover the stories they tell about life long ago. This episode will be released on Wednesday, August 26 at 1:00 pm.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Propaganda and WWII

Friday, August 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for a deep dive into one of our new exhibits, “Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of WWII,” on loan from the Detroit Historical Society.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

Join us as we cover a Raymond Chandler thriller about a busy night at a hotel full of shady characters.

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Family Program: Covert Connecticut

Saturday, September 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Pick up a Free First Saturday Grab-and-Go-Bag and find out! Investigate the hidden history of spies in Connecticut and then challenge yourself to decode messages using a Revolutionary War-era cipher!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, September 9 |

3…2…1…Blast off! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to take a journey into space! Explore Connecticut’s role in the space industry, learn how our state helped astronauts travel to space, and then create your very own rocket ship! This episode will be released on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 pm.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Women’s Suffrage in Connecticut

Friday, September 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us online to chat with CHS staff about the suffrage movement in CT, and get a glimpse of some of the stories featured in our newest exibit, “A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage.”

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A Year in Review: CHS Annual Members’ Meeting

Monday, September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm |

We invite all CHS members to join us for the Connecticut Historical Society Annual Members’ Meeting…

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us to explore Edward P. Jones’s story, “All Aunt Hagar’s Children.”

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, September 23 |

Turn back the hands of time! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to learn about Daniel Burnap, a well-known clockmaker from Connecticut. Look closely at some of his unique clock designs and explore his impact on the clock-making industry in Connecticut. This episode will be released on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm.

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The Work Must Be Done

Wednesday, September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm |

Join CHS and the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation to learn about women of color who fought for the vote in 20th-century Connecticut, and the ways that women’s civic leadership impacts Greater Hartford today.

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Maanudam Parai Team Virtual Concert

Thursday, September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Join us and the Maanudam Parai Team for our third and final virtual concert on September 24 at 7:00PM! Chat with fellow concert-goers during the YouTube Concert Premiere at: https://youtu.be/cgQi66-RhWM. The country of India is home to many rich regional cultures, ethnicities, and languages. Tamil language and culture have ancient roots in India’s state of Tamil Nadu as well as neighboring Sri Lanka. We are fortunate to have a vibrant Tamil community here in Connecticut. Spread across the state, this…

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Special Guest Walter Woodward

Friday, September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us online to hear from special guest, State Historian Walter Woodward, about his newest book, “Creating Connecticut.”

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Speak Up Live: Mind Over Matter

Saturday, September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm |

Join us from home to hear storytellers from around the world tell true stories about lived experiences around the theme of  “Mind Over Matter,” led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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“Hartford Seen,” Book Talk by Pablo Delano

Wednesday, September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Photographer Pablo Delano will discuss his new book, Hartford Seen, the culmination of his project documenting the state’s capital city.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week we take a look at a real-life account of a WWII “Rosie the Riveter.”

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Family Grab-and-Go Bags: Help on the Home Front

Saturday, October 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Discover how people all across America manufactured, farmed, and conserved in support of the war effort by exploring “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy,” an exhibit from The National World War II Museum, and “Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters from WWII,” an exhibit from the Detroit Historical Society. Then, make your own toy airplane!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner.

Monday, October 5 |

Take a bite out of history! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the history of Auerfarm, a well-known farm and orchard in Connecticut. Then, make a special apple treat and participate in the 2020 CT Apple and Pear Crunch Challenge. This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Tools Tell a Story

Wednesday, October 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS will be offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 5-7.

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Thursday, October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Join us via Zoom to learn about the tales of witchcraft and dark magic that haunted some veterans’ memories of the Revolutionary War.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Taverns in Early Connecticut

Friday, October 9 @ 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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Homeschool Day: Recipe for Success

Wednesday, October 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS will be offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 8-11.

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Monuments and Democracy in Historical Perspective

Wednesday, October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |

**All Spaces Claimed!** Join us to examine three American monuments to learn about their past, present, and future. This program features an expert panel, and particpants will break into smaller groups for discussion.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us to talk about David Sedaris’s nonfiction essay about loss and family identity, “Now We Are Five.”

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects tell Stories

Wednesday, October 21 |

Did you know apples aren’t just for eating? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to look closely at some of the ways apples were used as inspiration for paintings or as a design for clothing! This episode will be released at 1:00 pm.

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Changing Roles

Wednesday, October 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS will be offering a new way to experience Homeschool Day! Included in registration, is a pre-packaged lesson which contains any necessary supplies, and an opportunity to participate in a live, interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers. This workshop is designed for children ages 12+.

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Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America

Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Sam Colt is a Connecticut legend. Join us tonight to learn about an important new book that assesses his life and legacy, praised by the Washington Post as overflowing with “relentless ambition, energy, entrepreneurship, ingenuity and wealth, and with deceit, fraud, jingoism and murder.”

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Witches in Connecticut

Friday, October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

**Sorry, all spaces have been claimed!** 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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Speak Up Live: Struggle and Survival

Saturday, October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm |

Join us from home to hear storytellers from around the world tell true stories about lived experiences around the theme of  “Stuggle and Survival”, led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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