Upcoming Events

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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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