Events at Connecticut Historical Society

Victorian Fashion Crosses the Pond, 1840-1900

Exhibit run: August 10 – September 30
Long before Queen Victoria inspired a television series, she inspired what women in Connecticut considered fashionable.

Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf

Exhibit runs through: October 21 

In 1817, the American School for the Deaf (ASD) established the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States. It created a new standardized language—American Sign Language—resulting in a deaf community and culture that continues to advance equality.

Hands-On History Workshop: Introduction to Calligraphy
Saturday, August 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us as we discover the art of calligraphy! At this interactive workshop, tweens and teens can practice writing in both print and cursive with pencils, paintbrushes, and pointed pens. We’ll also take a close look at historic letters from the CHS collection to see how the way we write has evolved over time.
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Outdoor Concert Series: Daymark, a dynamic trio playing Celtic fiddle, flute, pipes, and guitar
Thursday, August 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for a performance by Daymark of Celtic fiddle, flute, pipes, and guitar on the CHS lawn.
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Free First Saturday
Saturday, September 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

Family Program: Back to School with ASD
Saturday, September 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Get excited to go back to school! Read, write, and play as we try out activities and crafts to explore how learning has changed from the 1800s to today. Try writing on a slate and see if you could pass a 19th-century class. Also, use modern-day craft supplies to make a cool chalkboard decoration for your locker or fridge!
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Exhibit Tour: Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf
Saturday, September 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join a CHS staff member and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a guided tour of the exhibition Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf. Please note that this program/lecture will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.
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Reigning Fashion: Victoria and the Queen, 1837 – 1901, Presented by Lynne Z. Bassett
Thursday, September 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join renowned costume and textile historian Lynne Z. Bassett for a fascinating discussion linking the popular PBS series “Victoria” to the cultural history of clothing in the Victorian era.
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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Tories, Spies, and Traitors: Connecticut and the Revolutionary War
Saturday, September 23 @ 11:00 am + 1:00 pm
Come see uniforms, letters, and weapons from the fight to determine whether Connecticut would become part of an independent nation or remain a loyal colony. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.
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