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First Saturday at CHS - Cats & Dogs in Art and Life & Connecticut Posters

First Saturdays at Connecticut Historical Society Museum are FREE

Four Exhibits that sound interesting to me

Two features for this month

Cats & Dogs in Art and Life

September 27, 2012 - April 6, 2013

Portrait and landscape paintings, drawings, needlework, sculptures, decorative household items, and photographs--all from the collection of the Connecticut Historical Society and never before seen together--will be on display to illustrate the practical and emotional bonds between dogs, cats, and people and how those connections have changed or endured over time

Art: Connecticut Poster Stamps

September 27, 2012 - January 12, 2013

Poster stamps, also known as "cinderellas," are posters shrunk to the size of stamps that became popular in the early twentieth century. They are non-denominated, meaning they cannot be used to mail anything, but they were used to advertise businesses and events or to make political statements. First created in Germany around 1907, these brightly-colored advertising labels were designed by both notable artists and anonymous illustrators. People often stuck them on envelopes, letterheads, invoices, or mail packages, or just collected them for fun. Poster stamps gave almost anyone the opportunity to collect art at a fraction of the price and size of a poster. Visitors will be able to create their own poster stamps and stick them on the wall.

Two: On going

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 museum store.

Making Connecticut

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."

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  • Krista

    Fun meet up. Enjoyed meeting two new members.

    January 6, 2013

  • Gabriele

    The Connecticut Historical Society is located in the West End of Hartford, at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Asylum Avenue. There is ample free parking available. Bus parking is available behind the building, in the Asylum Street lot. From I-84:
    •Take exit 46 (Sisson Avenue.)
    •Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Sisson Avenue.
    •At second traffic light, turn left onto Farmington Avenue.
    •Take first right onto Girard Avenue.
    •At second intersection, turn right onto Elizabeth Street.
    •The Connecticut Historical Society is the second drive on the right (after the UConn School of Law.)

    From Albany Avenue (Route 44) and points northwest:
    • From Albany Avenue, turn right at Scarborough Street.
    • Scarborough Street becomes Whitney Street as you cross Asylum Avenue.
    • Continue on Whitney Street to the next intersection.
    • Turn left at traffic light onto Elizabeth Street.
    • Drive two blocks. The CHS is on the right in the third block (after the UConn Law.)

    January 3, 2013

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