| Feb 7, 2012
| 1:46 PM
A four-page personal handwritten letter from John Jay Audubon to Gideon B. Smith, dated May 18, 1843, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society.
A single-page letter from Marie Antoinette written in French on Oct. 2, 1784, taken from the...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 8:56 AM
“Cats & Dogs in Art and Life,” a celebration of beloved pets, opens at the Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St. in Hartford, on Thursday, Sept 27. An opening reception will be held that day from 5 to 6:30 p.m. It will be up until...
| Dec 9, 2012
As much as I love shopping, the holiday mall crawl can get old quick, even for me. Luckily, there's an alternative to big-box stores, crowded parking lots and long lines.
It's called "culture commerce" — retail lingo for shopping stores in...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 9:55 AM
From the Mark Twain House and Museum to the Coventry Regional Farmers Market, state residents have chosen 10 finalists in the #CTFanFavorite tourism campaign online. Now the voting starts to pick a fan-favorite.
From July 17 to 31, the Connecticut Office...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 11:30 AM
Painting of George Washington: $20 million. Two-headed calf: $2,000. Iconic industrial statue: $1.5 million. New Haven church records covering 138 years: $2,550. Documents of a disgraced governor: $500,000.
Those are just a sampling of the hundreds of...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 11:55 AM
Who said furniture isn't sexy? Check out these two chairs, one from the present day (left, made in 2009 by John Rexroad) and one from the past (right, crafted in 1781 by Eliphalet Chapin). All summer long, the Connecticut Historical Society pairs the work...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 7:45 AM
Why wait until the last minute to get your act together? Here are six events at least a week out to get you started.
1) Chicago, Oct. 25-28, The Bushnell, Hartford, (860) 987-5900, bushnell.org.
2) The Toasters, Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $10-$15, Arch Street...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 10:57 AM
There's a beautiful new exhibit at Connecticut Historical Society, "A Tradition of Craft," which shows antique furniture, and the work of contemporary furniture makers who try to preserve the old styles. Read my story here.
| Apr 25, 2012
| 11:36 AM
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA plans to award 928 grants totaling $77.17 million to not-for-profit organizations nationwide.
These grants support exemplary projects in arts education, dance,...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 6:10 AM
For months, CPTV solicited prohibition-era photographs and memorabilia from Connecticut residents for Prohibition: Connecticut Goes Dry, an original documentary airing soon. To celebrate, they've teamed up with the Connecticut Historical Society,...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 2:07 PM
One of the must-see attractions in eastern Connecticut is Diana's Pool in Chaplin, along the beautiful Natchaug River. This fishing, kayaking and hiking spot is also popular as a destination because of its sheer beauty. An almost rite of...