Conversations at Noon on the CT Freedom Trail: The Amistad Affair

Virtual Event

Virtual Event - register here:In 1839 Connecticut’s Old State House was the site of the first of the famous Amistad trials. The trials grabbed international headlines, but after the US Supreme Court resolved the case in 1841, the story faded from collective memory. In1997, Steven Spielberg reintroduced the dramatic Amistad incident to the world, sparking […]

Encounters: U.S. Constitution


Join us for the second in a series of interactive “Encounters” dialogues exploring three critical documents of American identity and their role in our lives today: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This program aims to foster meaningful and informed discussion around the values that form the basis of our […]

Book Talk: 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting

At CT's Old State House AND Live Streamed

Today’s headlines are filled with arguments over restrictions on the right to vote and attempts to expand it. Miles Rapoport, formerly CT's Secretary of State and E.J. Dionne, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, advocate for making a commitment to a ‘100% Democracy’, an election process where every citizen has the right to vote […]

Conversations at Noon on the CT Freedom Trail – Digital Reconnaissance: Re(Locating) Dark Spots on a Map

Virtual - Free to attend

The Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses in Bridgeport serve a critical role in the history of Bridgeport and of the Black community in Connecticut. Their homes became the center of Little Liberia – a neighborhood of free people of color that included a luxurious seaside resort hotel for wealthy Blacks, Bridgeport’s first free lending library, […]

International Museum Day: Free Admission

Join us FREE today to celebrate International Museum Day!  We'll be open from noon to 5:00 pm.  Visit our restored historic Senate and House chambers, learn the stories of famous Connecticut citizens, discover Hartford's role in history and explore our unique Museum of Curiosities.  Walk the halls, hear the stories, be inspired!

Conversations at Noon: The Legacy of the Canterbury Female Boarding School

Online Event ... Join Joanie DiMartino, Curator of the Prudence Crandall Museum, for a thought-provoking presentation on the successes and legacy of the Canterbury Female Boarding School, a groundbreaking school for young African American girls that found itself on the forefront of civil rights in the early nineteenth century. In 1832, Prudence Crandall, the white principal of […]

Connecticut Open House Day

Stop by Connecticut's Old State House on Open House Day!  Enjoy free admission to the museum exhibits, challenge yourself with a fun scavenger hunt through the building, pick up cute coloring pages for the kids, and more!  The building will be open from noon to 5:00pm, and the last visitors will be admitted at 4:00 pm.Every year on Connecticut Open House Day, more […]

Make Music Hartford: Basses Loaded

Music has the power to bring people together! Stop by Connecticut's Old State House lawn on Tuesday, June 21st between 3:00 and 4:00 pm to enjoy the striking sound of Basses Loaded, a talented group of string bass musicians celebrating the magical ability of music to knit communities together.Make Music Hartford is a live, free […]

Conversations at Noon: The Perils of Pennington

Online Event … Join Andre Keitt, Greatheart Griot Storyteller, for a fascinating discussion of the life of James Pennington, author of the world’s first book on the history of the African American, known for challenging the statements of Thomas Jefferson on the “inferiority of black people.”After a harrowing escape to freedom, James Pennington arrived in […]

CT History Day 2022: Students in Conversation

On June 30th at noon, virtually "meet" some of the sixty-one middle and high school students who represented Connecticut in the prestigious National History Day competition this month. This hard-working cohort joined close to 3,000 other students from across the United States who advanced through the gauntlet of regional and state contests to reach the […]

Connecticut’s Old State House Farmers Market

Stop by Connecticut's Old State House Farmers Market every Friday from 10am to 2pm between July 1st and October 28th .In 1643, the General Court of Connecticut established a weekly Market to be held in Hartford. Come shop local and visit the current Farmers Market, established in 2011 with that original Market in mind. Our goal […]

Summer Concert Series: Fiesta del Norte

TODAY: Fiesta del Norte ...Come hear Connecticut’s first mariachi band, Fiesta del Norte perform the traditional folk and popular music of Mexico. Dressed in traditional sombreros and “charro” outfits, their repertoire spans from the Mariachis of Jalisco to the Nortenas of Chihuahua, to the harp music of Vera Cruz, down to the Marimba music of Chiapas. All […]