Collecting Day for Growing Up Exhibit

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We need your stories about growing up in Connecticut! Can you think of toys, photographs, home movies, clothes, or other treasures from your childhood? Do you have stories you’d like to share with us and with our museum and website visitors? As we develop our next major temporary exhibit, “Growing Up in Connecticut,” (opening in May, 2016) we’re collecting objects and stories representing four generations of Connecticut kids, and there are many opportunities for you to be a part of this project.

On Saturday, November 21, it’s “Collecting Day” at the CHS. You’re invited to bring toys, photographs, clothes, home movies, and other treasures from your childhood for us to borrow and display in the “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit. All objects will be accepted as loans to (not all objects will ultimately be included). When you drop off your object, you will also have the opportunity to share why the object is important to you. We’ll be filming your stories about growing up and sharing them on the exhibit website and/or in the physical exhibit.

Can’t make it to CHS, post your items on our new exhibit website where you can upload a photograph of a significant object from your childhood. If there’s a treasure you’d like to share—and even lend to the CHS for the exhibit—please visit CHS.ORG/GROWINGUP as soon as you can! We may ask to borrow your object for the exhibit, but even if you can’t lend it out, it can be a part of this growing online gallery.

Finally, we are interviewing people of all ages about what it was like growing up in Connecticut. Excerpts of interviews will be included in the exhibit. If you’d like to be interviewed about your childhood, please contact Ben Gammell at or 860-236-5621 ext. 252.

The exhibit will run May 23-October 8, 2016.