A Sense of Place: Postcards from the Past
A SENSE OF PLACE: POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST and MORE!
The Colchester Historical Society Museum will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 9th, 1:00-4:00 pm with a festive Wine and Food Reception! Museum exhibits highlight the rich history of Colchester with our newest exhibit of vintage postcards of notable Colchester buildings in a dynamic graphic display. A wall map identifies the location of all of the structures on view. Many structures have been lost forever, others are easily recognized and still others have been carefully restored. All the images tell the story of Colchester’s past and it’s evolution into the town it is today.
Additional exhibits feature the History of the Bulkeley Family, the Story of the Zagray Family, the History of the Hayward Rubber Company and the Story of the Champion Family.
The Colchester Historical Society Museum will be open on Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 pm, from April until December. The museum is located at 24 Linwood Avenue in Colchester, adjacent to the Cragin Memorial Library. Admission is free and there is ample free parking behind the museum.
The Colchester Historical Society is proud to announce the successful completion of StEPS-CT, or Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs).
The Colchester Historical Society was one of 23 small cultural and heritage organizations which recently completed this intensive 2-year program. CHS received support and training via curriculum-based workshops; coaching from a dedicated mentor; and access to a Connecticut Humanities grant fund earmarked for initiatives related to achieving StEPs-CT program standards.
Over the course of the program, the Colchester Historical Society achieved bronze and silver certificates in six areas of museum practice. Through continued work on a self-study basis, CHS plans to continue to strive for gold certification in all StEPS Units. “This is just the beginning,” said CHS Co-President Gigi Liverant, “we are so grateful for StEPS-CT for all that we’ve learned, and we plan to continue developing procedures and policies that establish Colchester Historical Society as the premier steward of Colchester’s history and heritage.”
“Our experience with StEPS-CT has been invaluable,” Angela George, Co-President of CHS added. “From improved signage that has increased visitation to the museum, to implementing current policies that guide our volunteers through daily operations, StEPS-CT has improved our organization. We can now provide better programs to our community, and we are now better able to tell our audiences our local histories and preserve our heritage through our unique collections and images.”
StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society, based on a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History.
Connecticut’s program was the first to integrate the national StEPs curriculum and is viewed as a model for similar programs across the country, according to Scott Wands, manager of grants and programs at Connecticut Humanities.
Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.
The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. Learn more by visiting www.clho.org.