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Adventures in Early America

Join us as we travel back in time to our nation's founding! Students will spend a week learning about Connecticut's earliest inhabitants, why Litchfield was so important during the Revolutionary War, and hear from one of our most famous residents, Benjamin Tallmadge. Each day students will make paper, churn butter, and learn about the life of a Revolutionary War soldier with the local Sons of the American Revolution chapter. See our calendar for a detailed description of each day.
  • Date: July 28 to August 1
  • Fee: $60 for members; $100 for non-members (includes family membership)
  • Location: Litchfield History Museum
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

July 4th Pet Parade and Turn of the Century Fest
Join the town of Litchfield to celebrate our nation’s independence from Great Britain. Meethttp://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/images/educational_petparade.JPG at the East Cemetery at 8:30am to commemorate two local American heroes in a program sponsored by the Daughters of the American evolution and the Sons of the American Revolution. Later in the day, the Litchfield Artillery will fire three reproduction cannons prior to the nationwide ringing of the bells at 2 pm. The Litchfield Historical Society will hold its annual Pet Parade and Turn of the Century Fest beginning at 2:15 pm. Pets of any kind are welcome. The actual parade will commence at 2:30. The afternoon will conclude with old-fashioned games and an ice cream social with ice cream generously donated by Peaches and Cream.

  • Date: July 4th
  • Fee: Free
  • Location: Litchfield History Museum
  • Time: 2:15-4:00pm

CollectionSpace Is Live!
Search the Collection Online!
The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of Collection Space, a new online searchable database that makes information about items held in the museum collection visible to the public. Only a small percentage of the museum’s rich collection can be on display in the museum at one time, but now even objects in storage are visable online! Find clothing, furniture, needlework, paintings, prints, drawings, household objects, and more. This 6,000 item database represents a third of our total collection, so please be sure to check back in often! Staff is adding new records and additional information every day. If you have any questions, contact the Curator of Collections at 860-567-4501 or curator@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town
by Rachel Carley

The first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years is award-winning!! It's honors include the Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards; Historic New England 2012 Annual Book Prize; the 2012 Linley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History; and Best in Category at the 55th Annual New England Book Show. This lively portrait of the town is sumptuously illustrated with rarely seen maps, photographs, and paintings.

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and local resident Rachel Carley engages readers with an expansive view of the town's rich heritage through its buildings and landscapes in Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.

For more information and to order the book, call 860-567-4501 or go to the Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town page.

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American Girl Book Club
July 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
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Adventures in Early America
July 28, 2014
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Adventures in Early America
July 29, 2014
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Adventures in Early America
July 30, 2014
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Adventures in Early America
July 31, 2014
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