The Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 06759
phone: 860-567-4501
fax: 860-567-3565

Executive Director ~ Catherine Fields
Curator of Collections ~ Alexander Dubois
Curator of Library and Archives ~ Linda Hocking
Curator of Education ~ Kate Zullo
Education Assistant and Visitor Services Coordinator
Assistant Curator of Library and Archives

Please visit us!
The Litchfield Historical Society is located on the Green in Litchfield,
Connecticut at the junction of routes 63, 118, and 202
The Tapping Reeve House and Law School are located at 85 South Street in Litchfield.
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT.
For more information about research, our collections, or our museum hours,
please call (860) 567-4501 or see www.litchfieldhistoricalsosciety.org.

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Lecture: The Legal Philosophy of
Judge Tapping Reeve:
Founder of America's First Law School
By Boston College Law School
Research Scholar Ronald Chester
Sunday, October 21 ~ 3:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Ronald Chester of Boston College Law School will give a talk on
The Legal Philosophy of Tapping Reeve at the Litchfield Historical Society.
Professor Chester has taught and written about American Legal History
and Legal Thought at various law schools. In his lecture, he discusses
Reeve's importance as a transitional figure in the movement of early
American law. He will highlight Reeve's progressive, activist views
concerning the rights both of married women and of enslaved people,
 as evidenced in Reeve's publication The Law of Baron and Femme and
 through his work on Elizabeth Freeman's (Mum Bett) case for her freedom.

Free for members; $5 non-members
Reception to follow.
Registration is required.
Payment is required with registration.
Register by emailing the Historical Society
 or call (860) 567-4501.

For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society
 is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.

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Community Conversation to Explore
Immigration and Litchfield’s Development
Sunday, November 4 ~ 3:00 pm
 Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society will host a Community Conversation
 on the topic of immigration in Litchfield on Sunday, November 4 at 3 p.m.
This community-wide discussion will help prepare
 for the town’s 300th Anniversary in 2019.

From the first migrants from Hartford and Windsor in the 18th Century,
 Litchfield has become home to people of varied heritage. We want to hear
your family’s story! Where did they come from? When did they arrive?
 How did they help to shape the community into what it is today?
Are you an immigrant? Please feel free to bring small artifacts, documents,
photos, or other memorabilia you would like to share with other participants.
 There will be facilitators to help guide participation. If you are
unable to attend the program, but have a story to share,
 please contact the Historical Society.

Community Conversations Series is sponsored by a Common Heritage
grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program is free and open to the public.
In order to encourage meaningful conversation,
 space is limited to 40 people and registration is required.
To register, call (860) 567-4501

For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is
 located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.

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Lecture: Nation of Immigrants
Saturday, November 17 ~ 4:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County
will co-sponsor a talk with the Litchfield Historical Society,
entitled "Nation of Immigrants" featuring Kevin Jennings,
 President of the Tenement Museum in New York City.
The event will be held on Saturday, November 17  at 4:00 PM
at the Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South Street in Litchfield

Jennings will offer a view of both the history and current trends
 in immigration to the United States. This very timely topic is at
the center of many of our political conversations and a centerpiece
of many of the issues that affect our country.  In previous talks,
Jennings has stressed the importance of putting a human
 face on the immigrant experience and rejecting bigotry.

Holding degrees from Harvard, Columbia and NYU, Jennings began
his career as a high school teacher, later served as Assistant Deputy
 Secretary of Education in the Obama administration and from 2012 to 2017
 he was the Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, a leading
 international funder of human rights. He is now the President
of the Tenement Museum in New York City, a premier cultural institution,
dedicated to telling the uniquely American stories of migrants, immigrants and
refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. He has also published seven books.

The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County is a grassroots,
nonpartisan political organization of women and men.

This event is free and open to the public.
Register by emailing the Historical Society
 or call (860) 567-4501.

For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society
 is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.

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Litchfield Historical Society
Annual Pet Parade and
Turn-of-the-Century Fest
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Litchfield East Green

Litchfield.bz (07-05-18)
~ BZ photos
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

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New Exhibition on Litchfield Female Academy
 @ Litchfield History Museum
Items from the Litchfield Historical Society's extensive collection
of artifacts and archives from the Litchfield Female Academy
will be on display, as well as several ornamental arts
pieces on loan from regional institutions.
Also featured is our newest acquisition:
a portrait miniature of a young Miss Sarah Pierce.

The newest exhibition at the Litchfield Historical Society,
"By the Virtue of its Citizens:
Educating a New Nation at Sarah Pierce’s Academy"
The new exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, April 14
and will be on view through Sunday, November 25.

The exhibition explores the innovative educational
philosophy of the school’s founder, Sarah Pierce,
and its influence on later social and educational reforms.  
It also investigates the lively social and intellectual community
created by the Litchfield Female Academy and the Litchfield Law School.

The Litchfield Female Academy enrolled more than 3,000 students
over a forty-one year period from seventeen states and territories
as well as Canada and the West Indies.  Sarah Pierce deeply believed
 in the intellectual equality of the sexes, and her students learned
practical subjects, such as mathematics, geology, and astronomy,
 as well as ornamental lessons of painting, sewing, and music.

The proximity of the Litchfield Law School, where nearly 1,000 young men
would learn to be leaders in politics, education, and other spheres created
a vast social network for students to access throughout their lives.
 Items from the Litchfield Historical Society’s extensive collection of
artifacts and archives from the Litchfield Female Academy will be on display,
 as well as several decorative arts pieces on loan from regional
 institutions. This exhibition is sponsored by CT Humanities.

The Litchfield History Museum’s hours are Tuesday through
Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
For more information about this or programs related to the
newest exhibit, please visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
The museums open for the season on Saturday, April 14.
 The Litchfield Historical Society receives no funding from the town.
In an effort to better serve our community, the Litchfield History Museum
and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School offer free admission for all.
Participate in our shared history.

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To Weep with Those Who Weep:
Mourning Practices in Litchfield
On View through November 25, 2018
Mourning practices of the 19th century were largely affected by
the death of George Washington, with an increase in memorializing
the dead. The exhibit documents the tangible and intangible manifestations
of loss in Litchfield and the surrounding area. Stories of loss within
the community form the basis of the exhibit, highlighting correspondence
sharing condolences, discussing funerals, and reflecting on life and death.

The exhibit will also touch upon reactions of Litchfield Female Academy
students to death. Artwork portraying those in mourning and those
 being mourned will be on display, as well as poems written f
or those who died and objects created in their memory.

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Annual Pet Parade and
Turn-of-the-Century Fest
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Litchfield Historical Society
~ BZ photos
 

 

 

   


 

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Walking Tours
The Litchfield Historical Society’s Saturday morning
walking tours are exploring new sites in town.

Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to
bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes!
We meet at the Litchfield History Museum
 at 10:00 a.m. for each tour.
Registration is required for walking tours.

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Litchfield Historical Society
Recipient of Digitizing Grant
The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce it is the
 recipient of a $42,380 Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects
grant from the National Archives, given through the
National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The project will create a detailed finding aid for the papers of
Elijah Boardman of New Milford CT. The papers will then be digitized
and available online as a primary source for studying early America.
 Documentation of Boardman's business, political, and family activities
has not been accessible to historians, until recently when they were
 donated to the Historical Society from private collectors.

Elijah Boardman papers, Collection of Litchfield Historical Society,
Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library

His papers provide evidence of not only a significant figure in the
 early national period, but also document lesser-known aspects
and people of the era. His business ledgers reflect the local agricultural
community in Northwest Connecticut, as well as the rural market's
participation in foreign commerce and the influence of foreign goods
on rural Americans. Additionally, education, the settlement of Ohio,
northern slavery, African American life, textile history, family life,
 social networks, and American art during the early national period
 is all reflected both in correspondence and accounting.

Established in 1934, the National Historical Publications and
Records Commission awards grants for preserving, publishing,
and providing access to historical documents. The grant awarded
to the Historical Society for this project will provide access to Boardman's
papers and enrich our nation's understanding of the time period
when the Constitution was first interpreted and
many of our national institutions were established.

The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.
The Litchfield Historical Society receives no funding from the town.
For more information about this or other programs,

In an effort to better serve our community, the Litchfield History Museum
and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School offer free admission for all.
Participate in our shared history. Free admission for 2017 is
underwritten with generous support from Ericson Insurance Advisors.

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Litchfield Historical Society
Prepares for Town's 300th Anniversary Celebration
The town of Litchfield, Connecticut will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary
 in 2019. Litchfield encompasses the center village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton,
East Litchfield, and Morris (pre-1856), and the Litchfield Historical Society
seeks to document all areas of town. A Common Heritage grant awarded
to the Society by the National Endowment for the Humanities
will fund these projects held to prepare for the anniversary.


Have questions about the events or unable to attend the digitization day?
Want to check if your item(s) can be digitized?
Call the Historical Society at (860) 567-4501.

Additional programming will be held throughout the next
 two years to prepare for the anniversary celebration in 2019.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment
for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature,
philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected,
peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information
about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant
programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

For  more information please contact:
Megan Olver Siok, Education Assistant and Visitor Services Coordinator

to learn more about these and future programs and events.
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
 Free admission sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.