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Focus on Furniture Series at the Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
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Focus on Furniture Series at the Connecticut Historical Society
Focus on Furniture Series at the Connecticut Historical Society
September 27  October 17  November 22  5:30-7:00 pm
Series pricing for three programs $30 for CHS and Windsor Historical Society members, $40 for non-members

Join us this Fall as we highlight our nationally-renown  furniture collection through a series of programs designed to help you learn about the rich legacy of furniture in Connecticut, how to begin collecting furniture (or add to your collection with an eye to value and use), and techniques from centuries past in a hands-on demonstration.  Space is limited, advanced ticket purchase is recommended.  For more information visit our website chs.org/calendar, call (860) 236-5621, x 289 or email Jennifer_Steadman@chs.org.

"The Heritage of Windsor Cabinet Makers Comes to Life"
Friday, September 20  5:30-7:00 pm  Refreshments provided
Christina Keyser Vida, Curator of Collections and Interpretation of the Windsor Historical Society, will share the history of cabinet-making in Windsor, Connecticut, in its heyday of the late 1700s. Christina will bring that story up to the present day with the restoration of the Strong-Howard House which will re-open October 5 and allow visitors to experience a hands-on historic home with reproduction pieces produced by artisans and students of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking.

"From Auction to Living Room: Tips for Beginners and Experienced Collectors on Building a Collection to Live with and Love (and Actually Sit On)"
Thursday, October 17  5:30-7:00 pm  Refreshments provided
Dr. Philip D. Zimmerman is a museum and decorative arts consultant, author, and nationally recognized authority on early American furniture and decorative arts. For beginners and seasoned collectors, Zimmerman offers practical tips to selecting pieces that you can live with and treasure. For less than the price of contemporary mass-market sofa and loveseat combo, Zimmerman can show you how to furnish your home with beautiful, well-made antiques that will fit your budget and have quality and style that lasts. Participants will have a chance to ask Zimmerman their collecting questions and to see several examples from the renowned CHS collection to illustrate construction techniques, style characteristics and period details that will help collectors and craftsmen alike appreciate the heritage of Connecticut furniture.

"Hands-On Demonstration: The Complex Joinery and Designs of Eliphalet Chapin"
Friday, November 22  5:30-7:00 pm  Refreshments provided
Will Neptune, furniture maker, master carver, writer for Fine Woodworking magazine, and instructor for the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking's year-long course on the Chapin High Chest, will discuss and demonstrate construction techniques that were unique to East Windsor Cabinetmaker Eliphalet Chapin in the late 1700s.  The apparent simplicity of Chapin's furniture designs belied his extensive use of simple and complex geometry to achieve the graceful final pieces that continue to inspire today's furniture craftspeople.

Thank you to series sponsor Nathan Liverant and Sons Antiques, LLC


Connecticut Historical Society (View)
1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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