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CHS Appoints New Director

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Historical Society has appointed a new director of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program: Katharine Schramm.

Schramm will replace Lynn Williams who will retire in October.

Schramm previously worked at Indiana University Press where she was assistant acquisitions editor. She worked as a folklorist and in museum curation at Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures and with Indiana’s state folklore and folklife agency, Traditional Arts Indiana.

As the new CCHAP director, Schramm will continue Williamson’s work overseeing exhibits and events from Connecticut’s diverse base of folk artists who preserve traditional ethnic art forms and cultural practices.

Schramm also will continue CCHAP’s fieldwork efforts to document and preserve these communities, giving important support to unknown or under-represented artists.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Kate join the CHS in this role nurturing the traditional arts that add so much texture to the fabric of Connecticut’s artistic heritage and culture,” said Jody Blankenship, CEO of the CHS. “Kate brings wonderful creativity and enthusiasm to CCHAP and the CHS. At the same time, we are deeply thankful for the dedication Lynne Williamson has given CCHAP. She stepped in during a crucial time to help CCHAP transition to the CHS in 2015. Her mark is forever on this important program.”

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Historical Society to Host Irish Music Concert

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Historical Society will host an outdoor Irish music concert this summer featuring fiddle music, step dancing and old style singing.

The quartet of Irish music masters will be held on June 21 at CHS, 1 Elizabeth St. in Hartford from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The concert is one in a series of the Connecticut Historical Society’s outdoor concert series on summer third Thursdays. This is also a part of Make Music Day, a global celebration of live free music in over 800 places including ten Connecticut cities.

The performers will be traditional dancer Kevin Doyle, designated as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts; Bridget Fitzgerald, performer of the Irish traditional style of unaccompanied singing known as sean nos; fiddle player Dan Foster who will play tunes from his extensive repertoire and provide accompaniment for Kevin’s dancing; Mary Lee Partington, a singer and song writer inspired by local traditions and stories.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-236-5621 or go to www.chs.org.

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Connecticut Historical Society Opens Exhibit

HARTFORD — A 1798 map of Connecticut’s Western Reserve, which extended to Ohio, a brass button display and a lithograph of P.T. Barnum’s life are among the 50 items that are now on display in the Connecticut Historical Society’s new ‘Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories’ exhibit.

The exhibit opened on Tuesday, culminating a five-month crowdsourcing history effort with individuals, historic and cultural organizations and companies. The 50 objects in ‘Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories’ –– as well as an online gallery of more than 150 uniquely Connecticut objects that have been suggested to date.

‘Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories’ asks “If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be? What objects – from the past and from today – help tell the stories that define our state as a changing place, a community, and an idea?”

Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories will be on display from May 18 to Oct. 24 at CHS.

“We know that no one object, nor 50 objects, can completely represent Connecticut’s history. We planned this exhibit as part of an effort to gather diverse suggestions about what defines our state from not only historians but also from the general public, and various communities, organizations and companies who have made our state what it is today,” said CHS Executive Director Jody Blankenship.

The 50 items selected for the physical portion of the exhibit – and those in the online gallery – help tell the history of our state’s entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership, up to and including the present.

Blankenship said that the objects revealed the everyday lives of Connecticut’s original residents and of the diverse communities, who have immigrated here from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the West Indies.

The 50 items selected come from the CHS collection, other historical societies and museums, people who own the object or item and people who recommended an object they did not own, but which CHS tracked down and borrowed from its source.

The exhibit’s online gallery on the CHS website (http://chs.org/50objects/) will also be available until October 24. CHS will continue accepting submissions on the virtual site until October.


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