As the summer season begins to wane, why not take advantage of the remaining warm summer days to attend one of the many rich historical and cultural events happening around the state?
August 9: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Putting History on the Map
Highlighting the recent project undertaken by the Connecticut Historical Society to digitize and catalogue their sizeable collection of maps – the organization will give visitors a glimpse into the project, the new storage facilities, and some of the most significant pieces in the collection, including Dutch maps from the 1600s and the earliest published maps of Connecticut. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call (860) 236-5621×289 or email Jenny Steadman. Tickets are available online at $6.00 for CHS members, and & $12.00 for non-members.
August 12: Manchester Historical Society’s Genealogy Group will host a field trip to Mary Cheney Library for a tour of genealogical and historical resources
Rob Nankin, Reference Librarian, will lead a tour of the genealogical resources held at Mary Cheney Library, and will explain online programs available to the public, plus many informative books, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and more. Participants may stay after the tour to conduct research. Non-members are welcome to participate for a $3.00 fee.
August 14: An Evening with Ralph Nader
Born in Winsted, Connecticut in 1934, Ralph Nader began his celebrated career as a lawyer, author, lecturer, and political activist in Hartford, where he was admitted to the bar and began his law practice in 1959. He later served as an assistant professor of history and government at the University of Hartford from 1961 to 1963. In a homecoming of sorts, the Mark Twain House & Museum welcomes Nader back to the capital city to discuss his storied life in the public eye. For more information, visit
August 14: Cedar Hill Cemetery Sunset Tour
Join Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation Director Beverly Lucas for a sunset tour through the cemetery’s historic memorial grounds highlighting some of Cedar Hill’s most notable residents and monuments. Admission is $5.00 for the general public, and free to Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members.
August 21: Murder on Park Road! Conclusion of the ‘Beyond the Grave’ Cemetery Series
In what will be the last installment of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s immensely popular ‘Beyond the Grave’ cemetery series, Sarah St. Germain (pictured) leads a presentation and discussion highlighting a high profile murder that occurred on Park Road in 1877. Admission is $8.00 for the general public and $5.00 for museum members.
August 22: An Evening with Benedict Arnold
The Hempsted House welcomes Derron Wood of the Flock Theatre Company, as he outlines his research into the life of the controversial Revolutionary War turncoat general. Additionally, the 2nd Annual Flock ‘Burning of Benedict Arnold Festival’ will be held on September 6th. The evening with Arnold will run from 5:30-7:00. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 for the general public.
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