Saturday, January 7, 2012
Society Saturday: The Connecticut Historical Society
I thought I'd use this Saturday as a chance to profile one of my favorite Connecticut historical societies. The Connecticut Historical Society is located in Hartford, near Elizabeth Park. Founded in 1825, the CHS has an incredible collection that encompasses all of Connecticut history. Their website has limited capabilities - the only online exhibit is a profile of the G. Fox Department store - but their museum, library and staff more than make for these limitations. A permanent exhibition outlines Connecticut history, while rotation exhibitions touch on different aspects of Connecticut life. A recent exhibit on needlepoint samples was a state-wide favorite. Their staff is equally impressive. I've had quick responses to emailed inquires about local restorers and more. If you're looking for an introduction to Connecticut history or basic genealogy information, this is a good place to start. For more information, visit their website at http://www.chs.org.