After a long winter, summer is finally upon us, and with the warm weather comes an eclectic mix of cultural and historical events to fill your calendar. From teapots to ancient burial ground tours, there are plenty of activities to get you out and about in the month of June!
June 1: Tea at the Huguenot House
Bring back the roaring twenties at the Hempsted House, as Connecticut Landmarks channels the home’s storied past as a popular teahouse run by two local women during that era. Collector Irma Streeter will be on hand to display pieces from her historical teapot collection, which is comprised of over 200 unique selections. Limited space available – call (860)-443-7949 by May 30 to book your reservation.
June 5: “Myth, Maggots, Minie Balls, Gangrene and Glory – A Civil War Medical Program”
As a part of its continued commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Avon Historical Society welcomes expert re-enactor and noted Civil War Historian, Carolyn Ivanoff, as she discusses the practice of battlefield medicine in the 1860s. For more information, visit the Avon Historical Society
June 7: Nathan Hale’s Birthday Celebration
In celebration of the 259th birthday of Connecticut’s own patriot martyr, Nathan Hale, the Hale Homestead will offer visitors a wide range of celebratory activities, including free tours of the property’s homestead and herb garden, school house talks, and a meet and greet with Continental soldiers. Of course, no birthday would be complete without cake and refreshments, which will be made available to visitors in the homestead kitchen! Event runs from 12-4 p.m. and is free to the general public.
June 7: The Mark Twain House & Museum presents Dan Brown, author of 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Inferno,' in conversation with John Dankosky at The Bushnell
Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and 'Inferno,' comes to The Bushnell in a fundraiser for The Mark Twain House & Museum. In what is a rare on-stage appearance for the storied historical fiction author, Brown will engage in conversation with WNPR radio personality John Dankosky. Brown's novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.
For ticket information, call (860) 987-5900 or visit the Bushnell's site. Tickets range in price from $25 to $75. There are a limited number of $250 VIP tickets available that include a pre-event reception with a chance to meet and chat with Dan Brown, premium VIP orchestra seating, and a pre-signed copy of "Inferno".
June 14: Connecticut Open House Day
This statewide event, coordinated by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, is designed to showcase Connecticut's diverse world of history, art, and tourism to Connecticut residents. Last year, more than 200 participating locations rolled out the welcome mat to state residents with special incentives such as free or discounted admission, special activities or exhibits and/or free gifts. For more information, and a complete listing of participating venues, visit the Office of Tourism's site.
June 14: Tom Sawyer Day
As a part of their annual celebration of one the most well known characters in American literature, the Mark Twain House and Museum will offer a wide range of family friendly activities, including a ‘magical history tour’, arts and crafts, a rope trick artist, pony rides, live music, discounted house tours, and more! Additionally, the neighboring Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will get in on the fun, offering horse-drawn carriage rides, and an appearance from the woman of the house herself, in celebration of the storied author’s 203rd birthday.
June 17: Conversation with State Senator Donald Williams, President Pro Tempore
In the next installment of the Conversations at Noon series, Hartford’s Old State House welcomes Senate Pro Tempore Donald Williams, on the occasion of the launch of his book, “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy”, profiling Crandall’s role in the fight for civil rights. Talk will begin promptly at 12 p.m.
June 22: Connecticut Historic Gardens Day
In honor of Connecticut Historic Gardens Day, the Butler-McCook Garden, located behind the house on Main St., will be open for tours, and providing free refreshments to visitors. Described as a ‘Victorian oasis’, the 18th-century residence and 1865-styled, Jacob Weidenmann-designed garden is the only one of its kind on Hartford’s Main St. Event runs from 12-4 p.m. and is free to the general public. Regular admission rates apply for historic house tour.
June 26: Wethersfield Historical Society Burying Ground Tours
The immensely popular walking tours through one of the state’s richest historical burial grounds in what is referred to as its “Most Auncient Towne”, resume on June 26 at 7 p.m. Walkers are sure to enjoy the moving stories relayed by the quaint, poetic inscriptions found on the various headstones, dating from as early as 1648. An additional tour is scheduled for June 28 at 10 a.m.
All tours are free to Historical society members and children under 16 - $5.00 for non-members. Tours are cancelled if it rains. For more information, call 860.529.7656.
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