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Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers
October 11, 2013 - March 29, 2014
This exhibit will introduce a new collection of photography donated by the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation as well as a collection by Marie Kendall. The photographs document two generations of women photographers in Connecticut. Harriet V. S. Thorne (1843-1926), a talented amateur, used her camera to compose exquisite and moving pictures of the people and places that she knew, including her Bridgeport summer home, Schoonhoven, where her studio was located. Marie Hartig Kendall (1854-1943) published poetic views of the Litchfield Hills in Northwestern Connecticut where she lived after immigrating to the U.S. from her native Alsace-Lorraine. Rosalie Thorne McKenna (1916-2003) is best-known for her revealing portraits of artistic and literary figures of the mid-20th century; she also documented the fishing community of Stonington where she made her home.
October 11, 2013 - March 29, 2014
In conjunction with the Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers exhibit, selected entries from The Connecticut Photo Contest will be on display, including category winners for Connecticut People, Connecticut Architecture, and Connecticut Landscape, as well as Best in Show. Visitors to the exhibit can vote for the Viewers' Choice Award, to be announced in March 2014. For more information, visit the contest page.
Private Works 2013 is the fourth installation in the "micro-gallery" at the CHS, under the direction of Scott Comanzo, Professor of Composition and Music Technology at the University of Hartford. This micro-exhibit delves into a realm of "history in the making" as part of the worldwide centennial celebration of 1913--the year that gave birth to modernism in America. The exhibit includes special arrangements of pieces used in this year's Private Works music festival and special selections from previous Private Works concerts. The works were created by students, alumni, and staff from The Hartt School.
Don't miss this exhibit 400+ years in the making! Colorful, interactive, and filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents, Making Connecticut is the story of all the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today. Themes of daily life, clothing, transportation, sports and leisure, work, and social change run throughout the exhibit. Hands-on activities for kids (and adults!) include working a World War II assembly line, hand stenciling designs for a 19th-century chair, sewing a Native American moccasin, replacing bobbins in a textile mill, and cooking a meal and setting the table in both a colonial and a 1980s kitchen. Come be surprised, inspired, and amused as you explore our state's past and your own place in "Making Connecticut."
Inn & Tavern Signs
Between 1750 and 1850, there were more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals in early America. Only a fraction of these signs survive. The Connecticut Historical Society's collection numbering more than 60 signs is by far the largest and most spectacular in the country. Learn more about the sign for Carter's Inn in the Collection Highlights gallery. A book about our inn and tavern sign collection is also available on-site and online through our store.
The Connecticut Historical Society has been preserving and sharing the stories of what makes this state unique for almost 200 years. If you live in Connecticut now, had ancestors here long ago, or just enjoy visiting, you are part of this story. Share your story by marking your place a on the Connecticut map, dressing up a marble bust, smelling Connecticut scents to evoke memories, taking and sharing "vintage" photos, or being your own curator in this fully interactive gallery.
Veeder Living Room
The Connecticut Historical Society is located in a Colonial Revival mansion originally owned by inventor Curtis Veeder. Veeder graduated from Lehigh University in 1886 with a Masters of Engineering degree and moved to Hartford to start his own company. The Veeder Manufacturing Company produced counting and precision manufacturing devices--all invented and designed by Veeder himself. An exhibit in the original living room of the house (which Veeder had built in 1928) features wall labels, blow-ups of the original blueprints, and an interactive touchscreen explaining the history of the building and the Veeder family.
At the Old State House
History is All Around Us
The Connecticut Historical Society created this interactive, multimedia exhibit about the history of Hartford and the history "all around us" for the Mortensen Gallery at Connecticut's Old State House. Explore history in the places we live, the things that we use every day, and the actions we take. Build and re-build Hartford over time on the large-scale floor map, find out about the era of urban renewal and its effects on the city, delight in everyday objects from long ago (and not so long ago!), come face-to-face with a 1912 steam-powered fire engine, encounter creative and innovative people who have made a difference, and consider your own place in history.
Connecticut's Old State House is located at 800 Main Street, Hartford. For information on visiting: www.ctosh.org.