Join Colchester Historical Society
Enjoy the benefits of membership!
Are you interested in the history of the Town of Colchester? Join the Colchester Historical Society and learn more about history and share your knowledge with others.
The CHS Board of Governors is pleased to announce a NEW membership structure!
The new membership rate will be flat fee of:
$25 per household
Your membership supports:
–The preservation of historically important objects, documents and images.
–Free public educational programs related to Colchester and the region.
–Free admission to the Colchester History Museum.
–The Annual Third-Grade Classes Historic Walking Tour of Colchester.
–The education of the public and town leaders about the importance of historic preservation.
–The preservation of the historic Colchester Burying Ground.
Your yearly membership, at the $25 donation level and above, includes the following benefits:
–2 free hours of research time by a trained CHS volunteer.
–invitation to the CHS annual picnic with special program.
–invitation to members-only exhibit openings.
–priority registration or discounts on our most popular programs.
–use of the CHS meeting room space (arranged through administrator).
If you are interested in becoming a member, please email email@example.com to request a membership form and mail with your check to the Colchester Historical Society, PO Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415 or join us online by using our PayPal Account.
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.