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Thu Jun 17
  • Life in the Garden with Matthew Benson

     

    Time: 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17th

    Location: The Tapping Reeve Meadow (82 South Street)

    Fee: Free

    Registration Required: Email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

    The Litchfield Garden Club invites members of the public to join them in the Tapping Reeve Meadow for a special presentation of Life in the Garden with writer, photographer, and organic flower farmer Matthew Benson.

    Widely published, Benson's photography is in the permanentcollection of the International Center of Photography, New York, as well asnumerous private and gallery collections. His work has been awarded both DESIand Society of Publication Designers Awards and appears regularly in magazines,books, catalogs and folios. He is on the National Speakers Tour for the GardenClubs of America, and lectures widely on garden and food photography,bio-intensive farming, sustainability and organics.

    Raisedand educated in Europe, with a Masters Degree from Columbia University, he is atrans-Atlantic sailor and certified alpine ski instructor. Architecture,design, and small-scale organic farming are ongoing interests, as is therestoration of Stonegate Farm, his 1860s Carpenter Gothic estate farm in NewYork's Hudson Valley.

  • More than Just a Pretty Object Lecture Series -Elephant Ivory: Its Complex Care and Presentation in Museum Collections with Stephanie Hornbeck

     

    Date: June 17, 2021

    Time: 7:00 pm 

    Location: Zoom

    Registration: Requested

    Email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

    Click Here to Join via Zoom

    https://zoom.us/j/97488517814 

    The Litchfield Historical Society is continuing their virtual lecture series reexamining fine and decorative art pieces through their human, ecological, and economic impacts. The third talk in the series, Elephant Ivory: Its Complex Care and Presentation in Museum Collections, will beheld on Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Stephanie E. Hornbeck, McCarter Chief Conservator at the Field Museum, willbe speaking on the cultural use and museum stewardship of ivory objects and theintersection of the historical demand for ivory on elephant populations.

    The Society has a surprising variety ofobjects that are made from ivory, most notably a large collection of portraitminiatures painted on ivory. Often, we focus on the painter or artistry of theportraits, but how did ivory become so common in America? Today, the importanceof regulating the material ivory is related to the critical protection ofliving elephants, which are threatened animals. How do museums address andpresent their changing role in the history of collection practices surroundingivory artifacts? Join art conservator and ivory specialist Stephanie Hornbeck,for a discussion of the complicated history and current state of documenting,stewarding, and exhibiting collections that contain ivory objects.

    Stephanie E.Hornbeck is McCarter Chief Conservator, Anthropology Collections, at the FieldMuseum, where she has worked since 2017, directing Anthropology’s preservationinitiatives. From 2010-2017, she was Director of Conservation at CaryatidConservation Services, her private practice in object conservation. From2010-2016, Stephanie worked regularly in Haiti as a consultant to theSmithsonian Institution’s Cultural Rescue Initiative. From 1998-2009, she wasConservator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. The study andcare of elephant ivory has been a long research interest for Stephanie, who haslectured, published, and taught on the subject. 

    The lecture will be presented over Zoom. Space on zoom is limited and early registration is recommended. To Register email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Sat Jun 19
  • Weekly Walking Tour of Litchfield

     

    Date: Saturday, June 19th

    Time: 10 am to 11 am

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    Follow in the footsteps of Litchfield’s most notable residents and learn how Litchfield came to be the beautiful, iconic New England town it is today. This one-hour walking tour introduces visitors to Litchfield's Historic District and highlights many parts of Litchfield history.

    New to the area? Have friends visiting for the weekend?
    This tour is the perfect way to "meet" Litchfield!

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

Tue Jun 22
  • Bocce and Beer

     

    Every other Tuesday – June 22nd to August 17th

    Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Location: The Tapping Reeve Meadow (82 South Street)

    Suggested donation $5 

    Unwind after work with Bocce and Beer in the Tapping Reeve Meadow.  Bring your favorite brew, bites, and bocce balls and enjoy a fun, casual evening of bocce with your friends. No referees, no courts - just fun!   

    Visitors are asked to wear a mask and to socially distance. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Wed Jun 23
  • Walking Tour - The Litchfield Female Academy

     

    Time: 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23rd 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    Imagine life as a student at the Litchfield Female Academy, a pioneering school for women that opened in Litchfield in 1792. Learn what made this school so special through the words of its students. 

    The walk will begin at the Litchfield Historical Society and lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Walking tours are free for members and $10 for non-members.

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

Sat Jun 26
  • Weekly Walking Tour of Litchfield

     

    Date: Saturday, June 26th

    Time: 10 am to 11 am

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    Follow in the footsteps of Litchfield’s most notable residents and learn how Litchfield came to be the beautiful, iconic New England town it is today. This one-hour walking tour introduces visitors to Litchfield's Historic District and highlights many parts of Litchfield history.

    New to the area? Have friends visiting for the weekend?
    This tour is the perfect way to "meet" Litchfield!

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

Mon Jun 28
  • Walking Tour - Extra, Extra! Newspapers in Litchfield

     

    Time: 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 28th 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    For centuries, Litchfield’s newspapers have captured the life of this town. To celebrate the CT State Library’s digitization of over 50 years of Litchfield newspapers as part of Chronicling America, the Litchfield Historical Society to offering a special newspaper-themed walking tour of the Historic District. 

    The walk will begin at the Litchfield Historical Society and lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Walking tours are free for members and $10 for non-members.

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

Thu Jul 1
  • Walking Tour - Extra, Extra! Newspapers in Litchfield

     

    Time: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 1st 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    For centuries, Litchfield’s newspapers have captured the life of this town. To celebrate the CT State Library’s digitization of over 50 years of Litchfield newspapers as part of Chronicling America, the Litchfield Historical Society to offering a special newspaper-themed walking tour of the Historic District. 

    The walk will begin at the Litchfield Historical Society and lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Walking tours are free for members and $10 for non-members.

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

Sat Jul 3
  • Walking Tour - Heroes of the Revolution

     

    Time: 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 3rd 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    Celebrate Independence Day with a walking tour through Litchfield's Revolutionary history. Discover the many ways people in town contributed during the Revolutionary War. 

    The walk will begin at the Litchfield Historical Society and lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Walking tours are free for members and $10 for non-members.

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

  • Walking Tour - Heroes of the Revolution

     

    Time: 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 3rd 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members Free; $10 Non-members

    Registration Required: Online

    Celebrate Independence Day with a walking tour through Litchfield's Revolutionary history. Discover the many ways people in town contributed during the Revolutionary War. 

    The walk will begin at the Litchfield Historical Society and lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Walking tours are free for members and $10 for non-members.

    Walking Tours are sponsored by Berkshire Alarm

Tue Jul 6
  • Bocce and Beer

     

    Every other Tuesday – June 22nd to August 17th

    Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Location: The Tapping Reeve Meadow (82 South Street)

    Suggested donation $5 

    Unwind after work with Bocce and Beer in the Tapping Reeve Meadow.  Bring your favorite brew, bites, and bocce balls and enjoy a fun, casual evening of bocce with your friends. No referees, no courts - just fun!   

    Visitors are asked to wear a mask and to socially distance. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Mon Jul 12
Tue Jul 13