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Upcoming Lectures!
We have several exciting Sunday lectures coming up in November and December! On November 2, William Hosley will be at LHS to talk about the importance of housemuseums and community-based history organizations. Then, join us on November 16 for a look at women's education in the Early Republic with Lucia McMahon. Our last lecture of 2014 will debut Peter Vermilyea's new book on the hidden history of Litchfield County on December 7!

Click here to register for these programs.

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

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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Halloween Spooktacular!--CANCELED
October 25, 2014
Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Research Library Occupied
October 30, 2014
Time: 9:15 am-12:15 pm

Trick or Treat at the Reeve House
October 31, 2014

Research Library Occupied
October 31, 2014
Time: 9:15 am-12:15 pm

"Housing our History" with Bill Hosley
November 2, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm

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