Calendar of Events

On view through November 25, 2018

By the Virtue of its Citizens: Educating a New Nation at Sarah Pierce’s Academy
This exhibit explores the impact of the Litchfield Female Academy on the town of Litchfield and the students who attended, as well as the influence of the graduates on social and educational reform.

To Weep with Those Who Weep: Mourning Practices in Litchfield
This exhibit showcases the history of mourning in the 19th century, following the death of George Washington, and documents the tangible and intangible manifestations of loss in Litchfield and the surrounding area.

Upcoming Events


Sun Oct 21
  • Lecture: The Legal Philosophy of Tapping Reeve with Ronald Chester

    Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    Location: Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South St, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA

    Fee: Members Free; $5 Non-members
    Registration Required: Email or Online 

    Ronald Chester of Boston College Law School will give a talk on "The Legal Philosophy of Tapping Reeve" at the Litchfield Historical Society. Professor Chester has taught and written about American Legal History and Legal Thought at various law schools. In his lecture, he discusses Reeve's importance as a transitional figure in the movement of early American law from feudal "status" to the ability to change one's status by individual actions such as contracting, while highlighting Reeve's progressive, activist views concerning the rights both of married women and of enslaved people.

Sun Nov 4
  • Community Conversation for Litchfield's 300th Anniversary

    Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    Location: Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South St, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA

    Fee: FREE
    Registration Required: Email or Call 860-567-4501
    Save the Date for our next "Community Conversations," a group discussion about aspects of Litchfield's History. This event is held in preparation for Litchfield's 300th Anniversary in 2019. 

    November's "Community Conversations" will cover the topic of Immigration in Litchfield. From the first migrants from Hartford and Windsor in the 18th Century, Litchfield has become home to people of varied heritage. We want to hear your family’s story- where did they come from? When did they arrive? How did they help to shape the community into what it is today? Are you an immigrant? Please feel free to bring small artifacts, documents, photos, or other memorabilia you would like to share with other participants. In order to encourage meaningful conversation, space is limited to 40 people. You MUST pre-register to participate in the program. 

    There will be facilitators to help guide participation. 

    Our "Community Conversations" series is free and open to the public. It is supported by A Common Heritage grant awarded to the Society by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sat Nov 17
  • Lecture: "Nation of Immigrants" with Kevin Jennings

    Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    Location: Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South St, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA

    Fee: Free!
    Registration Requested: Email or Online

    The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will co-sponsor a talk with the Litchfield Historical Society, entitled “Nation of Immigrants" featuring Kevin Jennings, President of the Tenement Museum in New York City. Jennings will offer a view of both the history and current trends in immigration to the United States on this very timely topic is at the center of many of our political conversations.