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America's Pastimes Now Open

The Historical Society 2016 exhibit, America’s Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield, opened to the public on Saturday, April 16. The exhibit highlights the role of sports and recreation in town from its founding to today, showcasing the stories and experiences of Litchfield residents, players, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts. Click here for more information.

Reimagining the Reeve House Landscape

On view from August 9 through November 27, 2016, this exhibit will display landscape plans for the Tapping Reeve House property, as well as a history of gardens and interesting landscapes in Litchfield. The Historical Society has re-imagined the six acre Tapping Reeve site, not as a strict interpretation of a time period, but rather as a community resource with landscape elements that would have been found on the site, and in Litchfield, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. To learn more about the project and accompanying exhibit, click here.

Museums Now Free to All!

In our continuing efforts to better serve the Litchfield community we are pleased to announce that admission to the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School are now free to the public. Participate in our shared history! Free admission is generously sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.

Save the Date!

Our Fall Fundraiser is on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We are raising the roof with a Barn Bash to benefit the educational mission and the Tapping Reeve Landscape Project. To learn more visit the Fundraiser webpage.

New Publication!
A History of the Litchfield Hills Road Race: In Smallness, There Is Beauty

Forty years after two friends brought the joy and excitement of the 1970’s running boom to their hometown of Litchfield, Connecticut, the Litchfield Hills Road Race continues to challenge and delight world-class runners, first-timers, and everyone in between. In celebration of the race’s 40th anniversary, the Litchfield Historical Society is releasing the first comprehensive history of the event Runner’s World Magazine dubbed “The best little race you’ve never heard of.” A History of the Litchfield Hills Road Race: In Smallness, There is Beauty captures the spirit of a beloved community event and the quintessential New England town which embraced it, and serves as a tribute to the race’s creator Joe Concannon, a sportswriter for The Boston Globe who wanted nothing more than to share his hometown and his love of running with the world. Copies of the book are available!
E-mail us to place an order or stop by the Museum Shop today.

 

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Offices Closed for Labor Day
September 5, 2016
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Fall Fundraiser
September 10, 2016
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Coffee with the Curators: Portrait Miniatures
September 23, 2016
Time: 10:00am
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Walking Tour: Evolution of the Litchfield Green
September 24, 2016
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Lecture: Benjamin Tallmadge Fact and Fiction
September 25, 2016
Time: 3:00pm
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