Annual Fund

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Annual Fund Giving at the Litchfield Historical Society
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As I wrote this letter last year, I had no idea that many of the same themes would still be relevant today. We have all faced another year of change and uncertainty as the pandemic continues its course. But the Litchfield Historical Society has continued to weather the storm and I hope, to serve our community in many ways. We continue to find new and exciting ways to connect with our members and friends.

Last year you responded to our annual appeal with extraordinary generosity, and we raised more funds than in any past year. I hope you can see the difference your gifts made and will continue your generous support this year.

Most of our activities in the winter of 2021 remained virtual including:

A joint lecture series focused on contemporary topics in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County

Lectures exploring the human and environmental cost of sugar, mahogany, and ivory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Virtual field trips for local schools

Trivia competitions

Lectures on the history and care of gravestones
Downloadable craft activities

Behind the scenes curatorial minute videos

And more!

You can find recorded versions of many of these programs on our YouTube and other social media channels.

While last year we had to suspend our in person work with the Litchfield Public Schools, this year we have built a program that is stronger than ever, working with grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, and the Black and Latino Studies class at the Litchfield High School.

2021 brought the re-opening of the museums and we have welcomed record numbers of visitors this summer and fall. We opened two new exhibitions at the History Museum and the exhibition at the Tapping Reeve House has remained a draw for visitors from near and far.

Once again in the late spring we turned our attention outside to the Tapping Reeve Meadow. We offered community weeks, summer S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), a composting workshop, a lecture on Alexander Calder, bocce and beer, the return of the 4th of July Pet Parade and the 2nd Annual Scarecrows in the Meadow – something for everyone!

This year we continued our partnerships with community organizations and activities included summer camps with Litchfield Park and Recreation, bi-lingual story time with the KidsPlay Children’s Museum, and lectures with the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County. We held several programs and talks with the Litchfield Garden Club, hosted the National Italian American Bar Association at the Litchfield Law School, and Litchfield Area Business Assocation in the Tapping Reeve Meadow

We are here for you – our community. Rising cases of COVID – 19 forced us to cancel our Music in the Meadow Fall Fundraiser, so your gift is more important than ever.

Please consider giving to the Litchfield Historical Society Annual Fund at any level. Your gift does make a difference.

Catherine Fields

Executive Director

Scarecrows in the Tapping Reeve Meadow
The Law of Slavery and Alumni of the Litchfield Law School with Prof. Justin Simard
Video Crafternoons with the Litchfield Historical Society
Antiquarian to Accredited: A Look Inside the Historical Society
Stitching Stories: Three Centuries of Litchfield Quiltmaking
National Italian American Bar Association Annual Meeting
Storytime in the Meadow with KidsPlay Museum

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The Litchfield Historical Society, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.