Upcoming events

    • Friday, December 13, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Old Saybrook Historical Society, 350 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

    Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities

    Update: We have reached our limit of 20 guests for this event. Please consider attending our event in Litchfield!

    Meet CLHO's new executive director, Dr. Amrys O. Williams, and hear the latest about what's happening at the League. Amrys will be joined by CTHumanities staff Gregg Mangan, Manager of Digital Humanities, and Scott Wands, Manager of Grants and Programs, who will discuss current initiatives, including the ConnTours mobile app, and upcoming grant opportunities

    Gather at the Old Saybrook Historical Society for coffee and light refreshments, presentations, and a chance to learn, socialize, ask questions, and share your ideas and feedback with CLHO and CTHumanities.

    This will be a great regional networking opportunity! We hope you'll join us.

    9:30 coffee hour
    10:00 presentations
    10:30 conversation/Q&A

    This event is free with your RSVP.

    Not in the Old Saybrook area? No problem! We'll be hosting additional events around the state in October and December.

    • October 22, 9:30–11:00 a.m., Windham Textile and History Museum, Willimantic
    • October 31, 2:00–3:30 p.m., Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and Museum, Norwalk
    • December 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m., Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield

    • Monday, January 06, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
    • 20

    UPDATE: This event was postponed from is original date of December 2, 2019, due to weather. We hope you will be able to join us on January 6, 2020! If you registered for the original date and time and can no longer attend, we are happy to issue a refund at your request. Just email us at

    Join the staff of the Florence Griswold Museum for an afternoon discussing Silver Wings and Golden Scales, an insect installation in the historic rooms of the Griswold House by artist Jennifer Angus. Inspired by the creative antics of the artist-boarders of the Lyme Art Colony, Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Angus, a Professor of Textile Design at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, reimagined the interior of the historic house as the setting for an elaborate insect-themed party. Hundreds of cicadas, grasshoppers, and leaf-mimicking insects are pinned to the walls in the pattern reminiscent of textiles or wallpaper. The parlor is festooned with glass domes exhibiting insect scenes, an antique hardware cabinet is filled with insect assemblages, and jelly jars filled with preserved insects line the pantry shelves and fill the windows of the iconic dining room. A banquet set with bug-shaped bread and a paper wasps’ nest adorns the dining room table. And insect-themed costumes are arranged in Miss Florence’s bedroom.

    The Jennifer Angus insect installation at the Florence Griswold Museum

    The installation is the first major change in the Griswold House since its reinterpretation as a boardinghouse for artists in 2006. The dramatic installation has provided a terrific learning opportunity for the public, museum volunteers, and staff. The installation has been extended by popular demand, and this special afternoon is the opportunity to experience the installation, discuss best practices, hear about lessons learned, and consider how other historic institutions might attract new audiences by incorporating contemporary viewpoints, and building support for new initiatives. 

    Come early and enjoy “Nothing More American:” Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community—An Exhibition by Matthew Leifheit, and see our Miss Florence’s Palette Trees decorated for the holidays with over 200 artist palettes.

Connecticut League of History Organizations
Central Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674

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