Upcoming Events

How the Negro Leagues Changed the Game….and America Too!

April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Join CHS and our guest Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, to learn about baseball and civil rights.

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Trivia Night with the CHS: Spring Fever Edition

April 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm |

Calling all trivia fans! Match your knowledge against others, with prizes and bragging rights on the line! This evening’s theme is “Spring Fever.”

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Learning the Landscape

April 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am |

Traverse Connecticut’s one-of-a-kind landscape! 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 recommended for children ages 5-8.

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Homeschool Day Workshop: Innovative Industry

April 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am |

Investigate life during the Industrial Revolution! 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 recommended for children ages 9-12.

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Notable Nutmeggers

May 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Explore stories of Connecticut people with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Then, pick your own “person of the year” and draw their portrait – ALL necessary materials included!

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Lunch and Learn: Good Trouble: Learning From Those Who Fought For Justice

May 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Join us as Hartford’s own, Steve Thornton, shares local stories from his recently published book, Good Trouble: A Shoeleather History of Nonviolent Direct Action. 

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 5, 2021 |

What chores do you do at home? How are they different from the chores kids used to do during colonial times? Look closely at some of the objects on display in the Making Connecticut exhibit to explore how colonial kids helped out around the house.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

May 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is “A Vacuum is a Space Entirely Devoid of Matter,” by Sherman Alexie.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: True Crime in the Museum

May 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Forgeries, theft, arson, and murder. In this presentation, we’ll show you items from our collection that tell the stories of long-ago crime and punishment.

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A Year in Review: CHS Annual Members’ Meeting

May 17, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm |

Join us virtually Monday, May 17 at 5:30 pm for the CHS’s Annual Members’ Meeting, where we will update you on the work of the CHS in 2020.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

May 20, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us this week to discuss “Checking Out,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Conversations with Connecticut Freedom Workers

May 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Please join us as four Connecticut Freedom Workers share their varied experiences as activists during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 2, 2021 |

Have you ever gone to a backyard barbecue? Or played lawn games with friends? As summer approaches, get ready for outdoor fun by exploring how backyards have served as a place for family, friends, and fun throughout history and today.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

June 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week, we’re reading song lyrics by Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Something Old, Something New

June 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

The white wedding dress is traditional in Western culture, but how far back does that tradition go? Using examples from our collection, this presentation will show the evolution of women’s wedding attire from the 18th century to the 20th.

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Construction Creations

June 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Complete a construction challenge with a FREE Family Grab and Grab Go Bag, available one day only! Explore Hartford architecture through the drawings of Connecticut artist Richard Welling. Then, build your own unique structure – ALL necessary materials included!

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Speak Up Live Storytelling

June 5, 2021 @ 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 “Turning Point,” led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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Connecticut Open House Day

June 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Enjoy free admission to the museum galleries all day! In conjunction with the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the CHS will offer free admission on Saturday, June 12. The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism. A great way for residents to discover or rediscover all that is happening in our state. The Museum will be open regular hours, from 9am – 5pm.

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

June 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is “On The Street Where You Live” by Yiyun Li.

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CCHAP Summer Concert Series: Summer Session: Trad Tunes and Tales

June 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

We kick off the 6th annual summer concert series with Irish traditional music featuring teams from this year’s Southern New England Apprenticeship Program. This concert will take place on the beautiful CHS lawn. Grounds are open for seating and picnicking from 5 PM, and music is from 6PM – 7PM. All of the CHS outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and food, and a food truck will be…

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

June 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history.

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

June 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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

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Family Grab and Go Bags: Made in Connecticut

July 3, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Explore popular toys made in Connecticut with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Learn about Silly Putty, the Wiffle Ball, Legos, and more! Then, use your imagination to create fun shapes with Silly Putty and design your own Frisbee – ALL necessary materials included!

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 7, 2021 |

Join the CHS in welcoming Kuchipudi dancer Sarada Nori! Explore the cultural and social history of this classical Indian dance form and enjoy a short performance by Sarada. Then, you can learn a few of the basic steps!

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

July 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection is the classic Western story “Three-Ten to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard.

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CCHAP Summer Concert Series: Jason “Panman” Roseman & The Tropical Gems

July 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

The second concert in our 6th annual summer concert series is Trinidad steelpan presented by Jason Roseman & The Tropical Gems. This concert will take place on the beautiful CHS lawn. Grounds are open for seating and picnicking from 5 PM, and music is from 6PM – 7PM. All of the CHS outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and food, and a food truck will be available onsite.…

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

July 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until August 21, 2021

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

July 20, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Every other week, we get together to chat about short stories. Anyone can join in, no commitment required! This week’s selection is an excerpt from the novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Connecticut author Ocean Vuong. You can find the story here. The club meets online using Zoom. Click here to register. You’ll receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link. We’re offering this program for free, but if you would like to make a donation to help the CHS keep history alive,…

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

July 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection: “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

August 4, 2021 |

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

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

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Taverns in Early Connecticut

August 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Family Grab and Go Bags: A Day at the Beach

August 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

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

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

August 12, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Kuchipudi – A South Indian Dance Presentation

August 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm |

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

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

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

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CCHAP Summer Concert Series: The Undaunted Professor Harp

August 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

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

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

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

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

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Asian American Poets and Community Dialogue: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

August 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm |

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

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Family Program: Picnic and Play

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

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

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

September 1, 2021 |

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Spies of the American Revolution

September 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Family Program: Miniature Museums

September 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

September 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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

September 9, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm |

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

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

September 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

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

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

September 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

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

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Lunch and Learn: Equine Atlantic: New England’s Horse Trade to the West Indies in the Eighteenth Century

September 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Please join us for a virtual presentation by Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer.  Dr. Carrington-Farmer is a New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) fellow

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Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers and Won the Vote

September 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

September 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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The Dark Treason of Benedict Arnold

September 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Witches in Connecticut

October 1, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Family Program: Dance Party!

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

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

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Lunch and Learn: Exploring the Life of Lt. Colonel William Ledyard

October 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

History remembers that notable day when Lt. Colonel William Ledyard was killed in the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781.  But what about his life prior to that fateful day?

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

October 6, 2021 |

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

October 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

October 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 19, 2021

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Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Families will have the opportunity to card wool, “work” in a textile factory, and more!

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Asian American Poets and Community Dialogue: Debora Kuan

October 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

October 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Witches in Connecticut

October 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Join us for an evening edition of our popular “Coffee Hour” series. Tonight, you’ll learn about Connecticut’s history of witch hunting.

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Día de Muertos: Free Community Celebration!

October 30, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm |

Experience the sights and sounds of Día de Muertos, with all-ages arts activities, Mariachi music, and Mexican folk dance! Disfrute de las imágenes y sonidos del Día de Muertos, con actividades para todas las edades, música de mariachi en vivo, y bailes del folclor mexicano. 10am – 5pm; Free Indoors and outdoors Ofrendas Food Crafts Music and more! Craft activity times: 10am – 12pm 12:30pm – 2:30pm 3pm – 5pm Ofrendas, or small altars that honor and celebrate those who…

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Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

November 3, 2021 |

Have you ever heard of a Hitchcock Chair? Did you know they are made right here in Connecticut? Tune into this episode of Kat’s Creative Corner to explore the story of these unique chairs!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

November 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: True Crime in the Museum

November 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Forgeries, theft, arson, and murder. In this presentation, we’ll show you items from our collection that tell the stories of long-ago crime and punishment.

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Family Program: What’s the Magic Word?

November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

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

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Homeschool Workshop: The Times They Are A-Changin’

November 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS has created a new way to experience Homeschool Day! This program includes an activity kit mailed to your home plus a chance to engage in an interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers!

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Homeschool Workshop: Coming of Age: Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s

November 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am |

In response to COVID-19, the CHS has created a new way to experience Homeschool Day! This program includes an activity kit mailed to your home plus a chance to engage in an interactive online workshop with other homeschoolers!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

November 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

November 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 19, 2021

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Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Families will have the opportunity to card wool, “work” in a textile factory, and more!

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Guided Tour of “Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health”

November 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Take a staff-led tour of our newest exhibition.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

November 27, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

***We’re sorry, this tour is sold out!*** Take a tour of the museum’s collections spaces while you learn more about pioneering businesswomen Beatrice Fox Auerbach and her iconic department store.

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Behind The Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

November 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

***We’re sorry, this tour is sold out!*** Take a tour of the museum’s collections spaces while you learn more about pioneering businesswomen Beatrice Fox Auerbach and her iconic department store.

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Lunch and Learn: The Barbed Arrow of Insanity: Debating the Boundaries Between Mental Pathology and Religion

November 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Join us as Professor Alexandra Prince presents an historical overview of the 19th century diagnostic and cultural label of religious insanity.

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Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

December 1, 2021 |

Do you have any special family recipes? What is your favorite holiday treat? Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to explore some historic recipes from recipe books in the CHS collection.

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

December 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Coffee Hour with CHS: Rosie the Riveter

December 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

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

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Family Program: Holiday Poppers and Traditions

December 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Join the CHS for our annual popper craft! Make your very own popper to use as a gift, a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, or a holiday party favor.

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Guided Tour of “Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health”

December 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Take a staff-led tour of our newest exhibition.

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Speak Up Live Storytelling

December 4, 2021 @ 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 “Mental Health,” led by 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks.

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Lunch and Learn: Accounting for Labor in Colonial Connecticut

December 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Please join us for a virtual presentation by Dr. Caylin Carbonell. Dr. Carbonell is a New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) fellow who conducted research at the CHS this past summer.

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Behind The Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

December 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |

***We’re sorry, this tour is sold out.*** Take a tour of the museum’s collections spaces while you learn more about pioneering businesswomen Beatrice Fox Auerbach and her iconic department store.

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Behind The Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

***We’re sorry, this tour is sold out.*** Take a tour of the museum’s collections spaces while you learn more about pioneering businesswomen Beatrice Fox Auerbach and her iconic department store.

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Asian American Poets and Community Dialogue: Srinivas Mandavilli

December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

Join us for a unique series of poetry readings and community dialogues! The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn and the Connecticut Historical Society, along with Make Us Visible CT, invite you to listen to Connecticut’s Asian American poets and explore personal stories and local histories. The third event in the series features Srinivas Mandavilli, and you can register for FREE tickets here. Srinivas Mandavilli, who was born in India, is a Senior Attending Pathologist at Hartford Hospital in Hartford,…

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

December 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 19, 2021

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Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Families will have the opportunity to card wool, “work” in a textile factory, and more!

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Family Program: Cocoa and Crafts

December 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Curl up with some hot cocoa at the CHS! Join us for a morning of crafts, hot chocolate, and readings of Anna Llenas’ “The Color Monster.” After the story, make your own felt monster to take home!

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Family Program: Cocoa and Crafts

December 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm |

Curl up with some hot cocoa at the CHS! Join us for a morning of hot chocolate, crafts, and readings of Stella Blackstone’s “Bear at Work”. After the story, make a toy bear of your own and design it a special work uniform!

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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Wednesday, January 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

New day and time! Join us the first Wednesday of every month for conversation about a short story.

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Free First Saturday (CANCELED)

Saturday, January 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

The CHS will be closed on January 1; Free First Saturday will take place on Saturday, January 8 instead. Enjoy free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

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Family Program: Winter Wonderland (CANCELED)

Saturday, January 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm |

Explore Connecticut’s wintry wonders! Look closely at images of the unique holiday-themed window and store displays at G. Fox and Co, a Connecticut department store. Then, using those as inspiration, design your own wintry window display!

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Behind the Scenes Tour: From Hoopskirts to Flappers (CANCELED)

Saturday, January 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on January 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm

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Take a peek at our Costume and Textile Collection to see the dramatic changes in women’s clothing from the Civil War to the Roaring ’20s!

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Behind the Scenes Tour: From Hoopskirts to Flappers (CANCELED)

Saturday, January 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on January 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm

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Take a peek at our Costume and Textile Collection to see the dramatic changes in women’s clothing from the Civil War to the Roaring ’20s!

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Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past (CANCELED)

Saturday, January 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am |

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

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A Paramedic’s Dispatches From the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

Join us for a virtual book talk with Hartford paramedic Peter Canning, author of Killing Season: A Paramedic’s Dispatches From the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic.

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