Connecticut Historical Society Nov 2017


Visions/Revisions: The Print Transformed
Oct 13, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England (PNSNE). The group is celebrating with the exhibit Visions/Revisions, featuring two prints from each of the 25 participating members, based on a common theme or subject of the artist’s choice. The exhibition will also feature a slide show documenting the transformation between the artists’ works, providing an overview of the inspirations, objectives, and processes.


That’s Weird
Nov 10, 2017 – Apr 28, 2018

“That’s weird” is a phrase staff hears all the time in galleries and on tours. Visitors often encounter collection items that are quirky, surprising, or rare. But, take a second look and weird objects can have surprising and unique histories. The CHS is excited to show off some of our funny little oddballs of history. Displaying many of these objects for the first time, the CHS delves into how these objects, which at first glance seem strange, can be gateways into a deeper understanding and appreciation of our state’s history. Visitors will be encouraged to go beyond making snap judgments about objects to having deeper understanding, perhaps even empathy, for the people and stories connected to our state’s material culture.



Fashion & Textile Council Annual Lecture: The Anatomy of an 18th-Century Gown
Thursday, November 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hallie Larkin (Past President of the Costume Society of America, Northeastern Region)  and Stephanie Smith bring their expertise in 18th-Century costumes to the CHS for a special presentation. The close examination of a period gown reveals many secrets of the mantua maker’s art. We will look at construction conventions in achieving an overall shape and appearance as well as what these tell us about the owner. Drawing on examples from the CHS’s extensive collection of historic costumes, they will discuss how gowns were made in the mid-1700s.

Tickets are free for members of the Fashion & Textile Council, $10 for CHS members and $15 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations required at or 860-236-5621 x238.

Larkin and Smith have a website, At the Sign of the Golden Scissors,  that describes their many years of reenacting, teaching and research of 18th century clothing and their products for museums and individuals wishing to create an accurate 18th century wardrobe.