Virtual History

From Connecticut Office of Tourism Online 

•    Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford has online exhibitions including Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, Collection Highlights, and Historic Timeline of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community. Through its Facebook page, the museum is offering Facebook Live tours, like the CT Quilts Tour. You can also become a part of the historical documentation of this Covid-19 pandemic by digitally contributing your own story of how it has impacted you. Learn more about participating here. 

•    Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford has a wealth of information on their website and a peek at many parts of the exhibit. Stay tuned to the center’s social media channels, which will soon have even more virtual content of the museum available to enjoy at home.

•    Mark Twain Museum in Hartford has a virtual tour where you can explore the twenty-five room Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived and wrote – right from your own home.

•    Mystic Seaport in Mystic has created a one-stop source for all existing videos, photographs, and blog posts for the museum. You can even watch a video walk-through of historic Boat storage area, normally closed to the public.

•    New England Air Museum in Windsor is offering virtual 360 degree tours through panoramic photos of the restoration projects and the museum interior. 

•    Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in East Granby is providing the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the first chartered copper mine in North America.

•    Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown is hosting virtual history tours of the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. on Facebook.

•    Derby Historical Society in Derby is hosting "Tuesday Tours at Ten," an onsite Facebook Live show featuring a wide variety of local history topics, from sneak-peeks of rooms inside the David Humphreys House to artifacts in the extensive collection of the Derby Historical Society.

•    Yale University in New Haven is offering a virtual tour of the historic university, including its campus, athletics and residential life.

•    Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours are doing Spooky Story Sundays live on their Facebook page, telling local lore and spin-tingling tales of history and mystery.  And join in over the cauldron for a weekly virtual segment on all things magic on Witchy Wednesdays; embark on a journey with pagan and druid ancestors, nature-based foremothers and forefathers to current practices today.  On Saturdays at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live for Cemetery Saturdays. Learn of tales of historic Connecticut residents of note and legendary figures.

•    Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford is providing the opportunity to take a virtual tour of Connecticut’s oldest house.

•    The Wilton Historical Society is offering regular digital fun and interesting historical stories, as well as digital tours of exhibits and behind the scenes look at the museum’s collection through YouTube and Facebook page.

•    Westport Museum’s Tuesday Treasures is a program that showcases objects from their collection not normally on public view. See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community on their Facebook page.

•    Noah Webster House & West Hartford History Society presents on Wednesdays at noon on their Facebook page, West Hartford’s fascinating and often hidden history stories.

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