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Winter Hours
Please note, the Litchfield Historical Society is operating on winter hours. The Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School exhibits are closed until April 2017. The offices and shop are open all year: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Research Library is open all year: Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lecture and Book Discussion
Join us on Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. for a lecture and accompanying 2-part book discussion led by Stephen McGrath, Adjunct Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. This lecture sketches the origins of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the book discussion series explores the far-reaching consequences of the Fourteenth Amendment to the present day. The book discussions will be held on Tuesday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Participants will read Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America by Garrett Epps. View the event flyer here.

Exhibits Opening in April 2017
Come back in 2017 to see our exhibit, America’s Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield, which highlights the role ofsports and recreation in town from itsfounding totoday,showcasing the stories and experiences of Litchfield residents, players, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts. Click here for more information.

Reimagining the Reeve House Landscape
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 click here.

Museums Free to All!
In our continuing efforts to better serve the Litchfield community we were pleased to offer free admission to the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School in 2016. Participate in our shared history! Free admission was generously sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.

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American Girl Book Club: The Travelers Tricks (Caroline Mystery)
February 23, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
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Lecture: Wartime Basketball
February 26, 2017
Time: 3:00pm
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Young Historians Book Club: Founding Mothers
March 8, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
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American Girl Book Club: Shadows on Society Hill (Addy Mystery)
March 23, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
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Lecture: The Fourteenth Amendment
March 26, 2017
Time: 3:00pm
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