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Local Feature: Connecticut Historical Society Museum

Abbey O’Leary ’24

Contributing author

As one of the oldest regions in the country, Connecticut has a rich and fascinating history. Right here in Hartford, the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library has provided a way to preserve that history and culture while encouraging visitors to discover Connecticut’s own history and discover little pieces of its past. The Connecticut Historical Society museum is one of the oldest in the nation, opening to the public in 1825. Since then, it has continued its work as a nonprofit educational organization. In addition to the museum, the property also houses a public library and research center, which houses more than four million artifacts representing Connecticut history.

With a direct focus on education, the foundation has sought to provide knowledge of the past by engaging with the present to curate an inclusive and complex perspective of our history as well as our future and build rich, diverse communities and tolerant. The museum continually strives to connect Connecticut history with modern life and current issues, bridging the gap between past and present. Currently, the museum is exhibiting “Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health Presented by Hartford Healthcare Institute of Living,” which highlights society’s response and work to improve mental health conditions and problem care. mental health throughout history. Additionally, the museum also exhibits “Making Connecticut”, a showcase of more than five hundred historical artifacts, resources and objects that explore the growth of Connecticut society and culture, defining the diverse and inclusive history of all people. of Connecticut since the sixteenth century. In an effort to foster broader educational opportunities and a diverse and inclusive environment, the foundation has partnered with the New York Historical Society through the Citizenship Project. Tied to their education goal, this program provides all green card holders preparing for naturalization with free citizenship classes that cover civics and history topics necessary to obtain citizenship.

In an effort to incorporate the past to shape a better future, the museum has also worked with the Connecticut public school system to meet its criteria base structure to improve early education and provide resources to systems. state schools. Even beyond their work with the early education program, the museum and foundation also serve as a resource for students and adults by providing access to research, internship, and work opportunities. It is a wonderful resource for all local college students, especially those studying education or history, creating an accessible, in-depth, and hands-on experience in specialized areas.

Additionally, the foundation has continually sought to address environmental issues in the community. Its green mission was implemented with the goal of promoting change towards a more environmentally sustainable future, working with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund to replace old practices with more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices at the within the museum. The Connecticut Historical Society Museum is a Hartford gem and a leader in community engagement and education. Located in Hartford, it’s a great resource to use and support.