Upcoming Events

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 8, 2020 |

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

July 9, 2020 @ 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

July 10, 2020 @ 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

July 15, 2020 |

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

July 16, 2020 @ 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

July 17, 2020 @ 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

July 22, 2020 |

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

July 23, 2020 @ 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

July 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Explore the Connecticut roots of this legendary actress.

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Virtual Family Program: Objects Tell Stories

July 29, 2020 |

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

August 1, 2020 @ 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

August 5, 2020 |

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

August 6, 2020 @ 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

August 7, 2020 @ 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

August 12, 2020 |

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

August 13, 2020 @ 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!

August 14, 2020 @ 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

August 19, 2020 |

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

August 20, 2020 @ 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

August 21, 2020 @ 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

August 22, 2020 @ 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

August 26, 2020 |

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

August 28, 2020 @ 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

September 3, 2020 @ 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

September 5, 2020 @ 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

September 9, 2020 |

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

September 11, 2020 @ 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

September 14, 2020 @ 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

September 17, 2020 @ 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

September 23, 2020 |

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

September 23, 2020 @ 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

September 24, 2020 @ 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

September 25, 2020 @ 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

September 26, 2020 @ 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

September 30, 2020 @ 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

October 1, 2020 @ 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

October 3, 2020 @ 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.

October 5, 2020 |

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

October 7, 2020 @ 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?

October 8, 2020 @ 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

October 9, 2020 @ 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

October 14, 2020 @ 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

October 14, 2020 @ 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

October 15, 2020 @ 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

October 21, 2020 |

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

October 21, 2020 @ 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

October 21, 2020 @ 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

October 23, 2020 @ 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

October 24, 2020 @ 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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

October 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is “Told in the Drooling Ward” by Jack London, narrated from the perspective of a patient in a mental-health facility.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: LGBTQ History in Connecticut

November 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us to explore the history of the LGBTQ experience: stories of oppression and resilience, tragedy and triumph.

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Vote for Me!

November 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Uncover the history of the fight for woman suffrage! Explore our new exhibit, A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage. Then, pick up a FREE activity bag to take home, containing everything you need to create your own “Votes for Women” sash!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

November 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week we read Ana Menendez’s “Celebrations of Thanksgiving: Cuban Seasonings,” a meditation on the relationship between food and cultural assimilation.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

November 18, 2020 |

What is a veteran? What are some of the ways people have been honored for their service? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore various medals and monuments throughout Connecticut dedicated to veterans.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Rosie the Riveter

November 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

What was it really like for working women during World War II?

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Speak Up Live: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

November 21, 2020 @ 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 “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

December 2, 2020 |

Brrrr, it’s cold outside! What do you wear to stay warm during the winter? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore winter fashion throughout history.

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Information Session for Homeschool Parents and Educators

December 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Are you homeschooling this year? Are you looking for educational resources? We can help! The CHS has a wide variety of materials to make homeschooling enjoyable for students of all grade levels. Join us to learn more about our offerings, which include pre-packaged activity kits; free mini lessons; interactive, virtual workshops; and more!

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Propaganda and WWII

December 4, 2020 @ 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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Family Grab and Go Bags: Holiday Poppers and Traditions

December 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Celebrate the holidays with this FREE Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Each kit contains ALL necessary materials to make your own holiday poppers for a special celebration!

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Scribbling Women and Crafting Girls: Friendship in Historical Perspective

December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

In this live talk, the hosts of the hit podcast American Girls will take us through the material culture of friendship, past and present.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

December 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is Phillip Roth’s “You Can’t Tell a Man By the Songs He Sings.”

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Ordinary to Extraordinary

Saturday, January 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Transform ordinary items into extraordinary art with a FREE family Grab and Go bag, available for one day only! Look closely at collages made by Clifford Mitchell, a Connecticut artist, and see how many shapes, objects, and colors you can find within! Then, create your own collage – ALL necessary materials included!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, January 6 |

Winter weather is here! Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore some of the most historic snow and ice storms to ever hit Connecticut!

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Collecting the Revolution

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

Swords, hats, and a piece of Betsy Ross’s flag (maybe). Come and learn about some of the earliest objects collected by the CHS.

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Growing Up in Colonial Connecticut

Wednesday, January 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is 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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s selection is “Paul’s Case”, Willa Cather’s story of a teenager frustrated with his dull life.

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Nutmegger Knowledge Night: Trivia Night with the CHS

Saturday, January 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm |

Think you know Connecticut? Match your knowledge against others, with prizes and bragging rights on the line! Categories range from CT history (of course), to sports and music, tv and movies, and more!

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Lunch and Learn: Patients in the Parlor

Tuesday, January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Imagine being treated by your doctor in THEIR home. This sounds strange to us, but in 17 th century Connecticut this was a common practice. Join us as George Elliot, PhD candidate at Brown University, explores the life and reputation of Gershom Bulkeley of Wethersfield using manuscripts and letters from the CHS collection and from other archives throughout New England. Bulkeley was a political polemicist, minister, surveyor as well as legal thinker in his many decades of prominence in late…

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Patriots of the Revolution

Wednesday, January 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is 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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Coffee Hour with CHS: Can You Pass the Citizenship Test?

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

Every year, hundreds of thousands of aspiring immigrants take the USCIS Citizenship test. Over 90% pass. Would you? Join us and find out!

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Online Workshop: Surfing Anglican Records for Your Caribbean Ancestors

Saturday, January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm |

Whether you are researching early colonial families involved in the West Indies, enslaved Africans or more recent arrivals to America, this workshop will start you on an exciting journey into your past.

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Choosing Sides

Wednesday, January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS is 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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s selection is Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, a vision of a dystopian America in which “all men are created equal” is taken to extremes.

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Exhibit Opening Reception (Virtual): Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

Thursday, January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Please join us for a virtual opening reception for Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society.

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Press Preview: January 2021 Exhibitions Opening

Friday, January 29 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am |

  Invitation: the Connecticut Historical Society press preview and advance onsite access to new exhibitions The CHS will host a media opportunity ahead of opening its two newest exhibitions, Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein and Connecticut Freedom Workers: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement. Friday, January 29, 7:00am- 9:00am Join us for a press event featuring LIVE remarks from CHS Chief Curator, Ilene Frank and CEO, Rob Kret. Media are invited to view the two…

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, February 3 |

From food carts to food trucks, Connecticut has a long history of food on the go! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories and explore the tradition of traveling food markets, ranging from peddlers of the early 1900s to the Hartford Mobile Market of today. This episode will be released on Wednesday, February 3

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Love and Lust

Friday, February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

It’s February, and you know what that means — Valentine’s Day is on the way.  This virtual tour of our collection will highlight objects associated with love and romance. We’ll look at the sweet side of love, but also at some stories of love going sour. Some of the stories are a little risque, so adults only, please!

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Valentines for Kids

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

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with a FREE Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Using historic valentines from the CHS collection as inspiration, create one-of-a-kind valentines to give to your loved ones – ALL necessary materials included!

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UPDATE: Canceled – Lunch and Learn: Sarah Harris: A Catalyst for Change in Antebellum Connecticut.

Tuesday, February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm |

Please note that the Lunch and Learn program previously scheduled for Tuesday, February 9 @ 12:30 pm has been canceled.
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will join us for another upcoming program.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s selection: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Biography of a Dress.”

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Speak Up Live: Love Is A Battlefield

Saturday, February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Black History Beyond the Amistad

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

We share stories from our museum archives of Black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary.

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No Haven: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Panthers in New Haven

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

Fifty years ago, Black Panthers Ericka Huggins and Bobby Seale were on trial for their lives in New Haven. In this virtual talk, Dr. Yohuru Williams will look at how the Black Panthers Trials fit into the larger story of civil rights in the Elm City. 

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s selection: poems by Langston Hughes.

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

Wednesday, March 3 |

Explore the history of the Underground Railroad. Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. Then, make your own constellation-inspired craft! This episode will be released on Wednesday, March 3.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Rosie the Riveter

Friday, March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

What was it really like to be a working woman during World War II?

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

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

Create your own newspaper masthead with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Investigate the story of Hannah Watson, a Revolutionary War-Era newspaper editor. Then, write your own newspaper article about a major event from your lifetime – ALL necessary materials included!

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SOLD OUT – Lunch and Learn: Interracial But Not Integrated: Race and Connecticut’s Colonial Churches

Tuesday, March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Join us as Professor Richard Boles draws from his recently published book to discuss his research into the religious lives of the African Americans and Native Americans who affiliated with Connecticut and other northern colonial churches.

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The Queer History of the Suffrage Movement

Wednesday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Learn about the role that queer suffragists played in the fight for women’s right to vote.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s selection is the the novella “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Hartford native Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

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

Join us to learn more about the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program in traditional arts.

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Speak Up Live: Behind the Scenes Wedding Stories

Saturday, March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

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

This week’s selection is Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find.”

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Coffee Hour with CHS: From Hoopskirts to Flappers

Friday, April 2 @ 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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Family Grab and Go Bags: Goods for Sale!

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

Design your own tavern sign with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Explore our “Inns and Taverns Signs of Connecticut,” and then start your own business! Decide what you want to sell and then create a sign to advertise your new shop – ALL necessary materials included!

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

Wednesday, April 7 |

Why are these shoes so special? How do they help tell the story of the fight for Civil Rights, both in Connecticut and nationwide? Look closely at some of the objects and images on display in our new exhibition, “Connecticut Freedom Workers: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement,” to discover what these shoes can tell us about the past!

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Shirts, Shoes, and Service: The Connecticut Historical Society and Its Early Contemporaries

Wednesday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

In 2025, the CHS will mark its 200th birthday. What was it like to visit us in our early days?

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is Mary McCarthy’s “The Unspoiled Reaction,” about a children’s puppet show that goes hilariously wrong.

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Hoopskirts to Flappers

Thursday, April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Join us for a special evening edition of our popular “Coffee Hour” series, and learn about the dramatic changes in women’s fashion from the 1860s to the 1920s.

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