Upcoming Events

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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Short Attention Span Literary Club

Thursday, April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm |

This week’s selection: “The New Englander” by Sherwood Anderson, a tale of regionalism and repression.

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

Thursday, April 22 @ 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

Saturday, April 24 @ 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

Wednesday, April 28 @ 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

Wednesday, April 28 @ 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

Saturday, May 1 @ 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

Tuesday, May 4 @ 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

Wednesday, May 5 |

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

Thursday, May 6 @ 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

Friday, May 7 @ 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

Monday, May 17 @ 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

Thursday, May 20 @ 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

Thursday, May 27 @ 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

Wednesday, June 2 |

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

Thursday, June 3 @ 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

Friday, June 4 @ 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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Free First Saturday

Saturday, June 5 @ 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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Family Grab and Go Bags: Construction Creations

Saturday, June 5 @ 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

Saturday, June 5 @ 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

Saturday, June 12 @ 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

Thursday, June 17 @ 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

Thursday, June 17 @ 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

Thursday, June 17 @ 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

Saturday, June 19 @ 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

Thursday, June 24 @ 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

Thursday, July 1 @ 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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Free First Saturday

Saturday, July 3 @ 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 December 4, 2021

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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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Family Grab and Go Bags: Made in Connecticut

Saturday, July 3 @ 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

Wednesday, July 7 |

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

Thursday, July 8 @ 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

Thursday, July 15 @ 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

Thursday, July 15 @ 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

Thursday, July 15 @ 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

Saturday, July 17 @ 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

Tuesday, July 20 @ 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

Thursday, July 22 @ 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

Thursday, July 29 @ 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

Thursday, July 29 @ 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

Wednesday, August 4 |

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

Thursday, August 5 @ 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

Friday, August 6 @ 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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Free First Saturday

Saturday, August 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until December 4, 2021

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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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Family Grab and Go Bags: A Day at the Beach

Saturday, August 7 @ 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

Thursday, August 12 @ 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

Thursday, August 12 @ 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

Saturday, August 14 @ 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

Thursday, August 19 @ 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

Thursday, August 19 @ 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

Saturday, August 21 @ 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

Saturday, August 21 @ 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

Thursday, August 26 @ 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

Wednesday, September 1 |

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

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

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

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Free First Saturday

Saturday, September 4 @ 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 December 4, 2021

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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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Family Program: Miniature Museums

Saturday, September 4 @ 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

Thursday, September 9 @ 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

Thursday, September 9 @ 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

Saturday, September 11 @ 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

Saturday, September 18 @ 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

Monday, September 20 @ 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

Wednesday, September 22 @ 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

Thursday, September 23 @ 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

Thursday, September 30 @ 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

Friday, October 1 @ 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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Free First Saturday

Saturday, October 2 @ 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 December 4, 2021

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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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Family Program: Dance Party!

Saturday, October 2 @ 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

Tuesday, October 5 @ 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

Wednesday, October 6 |

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

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

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

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