Connecticut Made Holiday Gift Ideas…circa 1895-1955 Monday, December 10, 2012Posted by capittsley in digital collections, Museum.
Tags: advertisements, Connecticut manufacturing, DigitalCollections, Holiday, Museum of Connecticut History
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Need some ideas for Holiday Gifts this year? Try the Museum of Connecticut History’s guide to gifts manufactured right here in Connecticut! From American Flyer Trains to Royal Portable Typewriter, there’s a gift for everyone on your list.
The catch – the gifts featured in this advertisement collection might be hard to find – the advertisements date from 1895 to 1956. They hark back to an era in which gift-giving was more gender-specific and in which men were led to believe that women truly wanted and appreciated the gift of an electrical appliance.
Did you ever give or receive any of these gifts? Tell us your stories of your own “Made in Connecticut” Christmas!
Freedom Trail Quilts now in Flickr Wednesday, February 15, 2012Posted by capittsley in digital collections, history, Museum, updates.
Tags: Black History Month, celebration of black history, connecticut freedom trail, Freedom Trail, Freedom Trail Quilts, Museum of Connecticut History
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In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum of Connecticut History’s Freedom Trail Quilts are now on Flickr! This collection of Freedom Trail Quilts shows the individual blocks–many of which commemorate Underground Railroad sites in Connecticut, as well as the entire quilt block from each of the four regions of Connecticut.
In 1995, the Connecticut General Assembly authorized the designation of some forty public and private historic properties to form a network which would convey the dramatic and important story of Connecticut’s African-American experience – the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Included are historic properties which have been deemed worthy for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, National Register of Historic Landmarks and the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places. Among the gravesites, monuments, homes and other structures included are sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the Amistad Case, and such notable persons as Paul Robeson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Prudence Crandall.
In 1997, a grass roots citizens group of interested volunteers from every corner of the State came together to form the Freedom Trail Planning Committee. They dedicated their time and efforts to creating a lasting tribute to the Connecticut Freedom Trail through one of the most traditional of American art forms – quilting. Four quilts, representing each region of Connecticut, were completed in 1998.
Underground Railroad of New Milford, CT: A Brown Bag Black History Program Friday, February 5, 2010Posted by kabery in history, Museum, updates.
Tags: Afrikan-American Cultural Awareness Association, Connecticut State Library, CT, Freedom Trail Quilts, Museum of Connecticut History, New Milford, Underground Railroad
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Underground Railroad of New Milford, CT: A Brown Bag Black History Program
On Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 12:00-12:45 pm in the Museum of Connecticut History at the State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, Deborah Calhoun, Executive Director of the Afrikan-American Cultural Awareness Association (AACAA), will present a program on the Underground Railroad in Connecticut, with special emphasis on New Milford, CT. Bring your lunch and learn about the path of slaves through Connecticut on their escape to freedom; about the network of families who supported them on their clandestine journey and the codes used by the Freedom Seekers through their Songs and the Quilt myth.
You can also view the 4 Connecticut Freedom Trail Quilts, permanently displayed in the Museum of Connecticut History. In 1997, a grass roots citizens group of interested volunteers from every corner of the State came together to form the Freedom Trail Planning Committee. They dedicated their time and efforts to creating a lasting tribute to the Connecticut Freedom Trail through one of the most traditional of American art forms – quilting. The four quilts, representing each region of Connecticut, were completed in 1998.