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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. Through the keyword and advanced search functions, users can search through thousands of objects from the Litchfield Historical Society collection, including 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

History Bites Returns for 2014
Thursdays from March 27-May 29
Admission is free

American jobs are as diverse as the American workforce. From agriculture to industry, American workers keep our economy and our society up and running. This year's History Bites' theme complements the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked." Funding has been generously provided by Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

History Bites 2014 Brochure

Spring Into Litchfield!

Join us for our spring fundraiser, a live and silent auction featuring the works of Litchfield-area artists. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for you to enjoy. All proceeds from this event will benefit LHS education mission. To learn more about the event and to see a list of the artists who will be participating, click here.

Reverberations: A Civil War Commemoration
Memorial Day weekend, Litchfield will be one of many communities to join with the National Park Service to remember the struggles Civil War soldiers faced in the days of 1864. Litchfield was the home of the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery, which suffered terrible losses in its first battle at Cold Harbor. Activities in Litchfield include a living history camp and presentations, and a tour of Civil War sites in the area. That evening an illumination will be held on the town green where the men assembled to leave for Virginia. Names of the 140 men killed on June 1 at Cold Harbor will be read by descendants. Click here for the brochure.

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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History Bites Talk: "The Rise of Litchfield's Tourism Industy"
April 24, 2014
Time: Noon

"The Musical World of John Quincy Adams"
April 27, 2014
Time: 3:00pm

Family Day!
May 3, 2014
Time: Noon-4:00 pm

Leather Apron Book Club: Left for Dead
May 14, 2014
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Lecture: Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republi
May 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm

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