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Sun Nov 29
  • Holiday Walking Tour

    Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Location: Litchfield History Museum

    To keep our staff and patrons safe, we are changing this event to a Self-Guided Tour. We will be distributing the tour soon. If you have any questions, please email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org   

Tue Dec 8
  • Looking for Pictures in All the Wrong Places: The Yale Law Library's Illustrated Books with Michael Widener

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location:

    Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 

    Time: 6:00 p.m. 

    Location: Online via Zoom 

    To register, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org 

    Most people would not look for illustrations in law books. Michael Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale will be challenging the stereotype of legal literature as dreary dry text with a special virtual lecture hosted by The Litchfield Historical Society on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00pm.    

    In his talk, Widener will share books and manuscripts containing a surprising and beguiling range of images that symbolize, describe, teach, argue, or criticize the law. Over the past decade, Widener has assembled a unique collection of over a thousand volumes originally published for lawyers, law students, lay readers, and even children. Often they were tools in the workshops of legal practice.  

    Michael Widener is the Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale. He has authored several articles and book reviews in the fields of archives, rare books, and legal history and the exhibition catalogue he co-authored with Mark S. Weiner, Law’s Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection (2017) won the 2018 Joseph L. Andrews Award from the American Association of Law Libraries as that year’s most outstanding contribution to legal bibliography.  

    Join us for this special talk sure to delight both book lovers and the legal community.

    The lecture will be presented over Zoom. Pre-registration is requested. To Register, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Fri Dec 11
  • Holiday Lantern Tour

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location: Litchfield History Museum

    Time: Friday, December 11th at 6 pm 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members $5; Non-members $10

    Registration Required: Email or Online

    Bundle up for a special Holiday-themed “lantern” tour.  We will explore Litchfield’s history with a nighttime stroll of the town’s historic district. Lights will be provided. 

    To protect the safety of attendees and to eliminate overcrowding, we are limited the number of attendees. Attendees are required to wear a mask, to stay with their family groups, and to stay at least six feet from other groups. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Sun Dec 13
  • Holiday Lantern Tour

    Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Litchfield History Museum

    Time: Sunday, December 13th at 5 pm 

    Location: The Litchfield History Museum (7 South Street)

    Fee: Members $5; Non-members $10

    Registration Required: Email or Online

    Bundle up for a special Holiday-themed “lantern” tour.  We will explore Litchfield’s history with a nighttime stroll of the town’s historic district. Lights will be provided. 

    To protect the safety of attendees and to eliminate overcrowding, we are limited the number of attendees. Attendees are required to wear a mask, to stay with their family groups, and to stay at least six feet from other groups. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Thu Dec 17
  • Lecture: The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England with Kenneth Turino

    Time: 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
    Location:

    Date: December 17, 2020  

    Time: 6pm  

    Location: Zoom

    Registration: Requested, but not required. To register, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org 

    The Litchfield Historical Society invites the public to a special holiday lecture held virtually on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00pm.  Historic New England’s Kenneth Turino will be unwrapping the history of the holiday during his talk, The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England.  

    This well-illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the beginning of the 21st Century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. For many, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year.  But many of the customs which we take for granted as part of the current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history. The presentation will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Clause came to town.  

    Kenneth C. Turino, Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England has published several articles on the history of Christmas and has a book in development. He speaks on the topic widely.  

     The lecture will be presented over Zoom. Pre-registration is requested. To Register, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

    For more information about the Society or other programs and events, please visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call (860) 567-4501.