The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) launches the Community History Tour 2014 in an effort to build deeper relationships with local communities throughout Connecticut. Everyone knows history is important but how relevant is it in our day-to-day lives? How relevant is it in our local communities? Time to talk history (and its significance), because after all, history isn’t just the 1800s -- it’s also yesterday!
CHS is touring the state, to be hosted by many local organizations, from the hills of Litchfield across to the quiet corner and from the shoreline to the capitol city of Hartford. Each town hall-style discussion, open to the public, will focus on the relevance today of history and its impact on local communities. Beginning February 11th at the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington, CHS opens the floor to discussion on whether history is important or not and the reasons.
“No doubt, Connecticut is a state rich in history,” says Jody Blankenship, director at CHS, “and we know people like to experience history in different ways. We want to better understand how the state’s communities feel about that. Do they want to see more or less of it? How do they want to see that happen, and how can we help? We’re ready for a no-holds-barred conversation.”
With an active heritage organization in nearly every one of the state’s 169 towns, the CHS has aspirations to build stronger bridges with local Connecticut residents throughout the nutmeg state.
“Our goal is to open up the communication channel between CHS and locals to better understand what makes each community special and how the history of that town or area is integrated into the Connecticut fabric. The best way to do that is ask those who are passionate to tell us,” concludes Blankenship.
Community History Tour 2014 Dates and Locations:
All meetings occur at 4:30pm, unless otherwise indicated.
February 11 - Stanley-Whitman House
37 High St
Farmington, CT 06032
March 3 - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford
March 10 - New Haven Museum, New Haven
March 15 - Windham Textile Museum, Willimantic, 11:00am
March 31 - Fairfield Museum, Fairfield
April 7 - Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich
April 8 - Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury
April 15 – Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
April 21 - Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield
About the Connecticut Historical Society (@ConnHistSoc):
Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center. CHS strives to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history and ignite a passion for learning about history through research assistance, exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages. Visit CHS online at chs.org or call 860-236-5621.