Two Outdoor Events August 29 and 30 @ Institute for American Indian Studies

Finding the perfect end of the summer outing can be a challenge. Not to worry, the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut is offering two good options on August 29 and 30. The special programs planned will get parents and children out in the fresh air and participating in a variety of activities that make the Institute a perfect spot for a late August day trip. These innovative programs are sure to bring you and your family closer to nature creating the perfect backdrop for a hands-on experience.

The first program, on Saturday, August 29 takes place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you want to learn more about river ecology and bugs, this program is a must! Families and youngsters will take a half-mile walk to the Shepaug River to look for the creatures that live in and around the water. This interactive program will teach families about the bugs and the animals and fish that live in and near the river. Kids will enjoy the challenge of spotting bugs, frogs, and other creatures. A highlight will be to learn about what these animals tell us about the health of this ecosystem and the steps we can take to help preserve it. It is suggested that participants wear water shoes so that they can get into the action on the river.

The second outdoor program offered by the Institute will take place on Sunday, August 30th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on the natural history of birds, bears, and beavers. Lead by Susan Scherf, museum educator, and former wildlife rehabilitator, attendees will participate in an interesting discussion about the wildlife that can be found in northwest Connecticut. It is fun to learn about the habitat that these wild animals live in. This wildlife experience will bring out the “naturalist” in all participants and give tips on how to spot local wildlife and the steps we can take to protect these beautiful animals.

These two events at the Institute for American Indian Studies are included in the price of admission; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. Members are free. Due to COVID-19, the Institute is practicing social distancing at all outdoor events. The museum is also open and if visitors want to visit it before or after an event, masks are required.

About the Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.

Glebe House One of the Oldest House Museums in CT Reopens

The Glebe House, built about 1740, is celebrating its 93rd year in operation in 2018 as a historic house museum and garden. It was the home of Rev. John Rutgers Marshall, his wife Sarah, nine children, and three slaves from 1771 to 1786 and is furnished with period furniture including a wonderful collection of furniture made in Woodbury during the 18th century.

In 1771 Woodbury’s first Anglican minister, John Rutgers Marshall of New York City arrived with his wife Sarah. By the end of the Revolutionary War, John Marshall and his family had endured the oppression suffered by many New England Anglicans who were often presumed to be loyal to the king.

Only weeks after American independence was secure, a group of Connecticut Anglican clergy met secretly at the Glebe House to make a momentous decision; to take part in the building of a new nation while upholding their religious heritage. The group elected the Reverend Dr. Samuel Seabury to go to London to argue before Parliament to become the first Bishop in the new world, a decision that assumed both the separation of church and state and religious tolerance in the new nation.

After the Marshalls had moved from the Glebe House, Gideon B. Botsford, a silversmith, lived in the house. Botsford lived and worked at the Glebe House with his wife and family of eight children through the mid-19th century. By the 1920s the house had passed through several owners and fallen into great disrepair.

As plans were discussed to tear down the house, it was saved by the Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House, which repaired the building, began collecting furniture, and raised funds to ensure continued operations as a museum.

The Glebe House was restored in 1923 under the direction of Henry Watson Kent, a pioneer of early American decorative arts and founder of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. One of the early historic house museums in the country, The Glebe House opened its doors to the public in 1925.

The Glebe House Museum will be reopening for reserved guided tours beginning Friday, August 7th. The Museum is following all current State & CDC guidelines for the health & safety of their visitors, volunteers & staff. Guided tours will be limited to the first floor of the historic Glebe House. Tour length will be limited to 15 minutes within the Museum with extra time in the Garden for Docents to answer questions or elaborate on areas of interest. Masks and social distancing protocols are required. Each tour is limited to 4 adults traveling together. Groups will not be mixed.

A limited number of tickets will be available for each time-slot. Tickets are available up to 24 hours in advance, through Eventbrite by following the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glebe-house-museum-tours-tickets-114193495820?aff=ebdssbeac

Fun in the Meadow in Litchfield

The Tapping Reeve Meadow, named after Judge Tapping Reeve, the gentleman that started the first law school in America is hosting crafts week from August 18-20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Located in Litchfield, behind the Tapping Reeve House and Law School participants will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. There are many newly installed outdoor exhibits and, visitors are invited to take part in crafts and games inspired by the fight for women’s right to vote.

A highlight of this event includes Ballots for Both: The Fight for Equal Voting Rights Exhibit! Visitors are invited to explore the newest outdoor exhibit exploring the battle for woman suffrage in Litchfield and the state of Connecticut. Kids can make their own Votes for Women pin and discover historic buttons in the Society’s collection and make a suffrage-inspired button. Participants will also see the artwork of Adelaide Deming, painter, and a local leader of the suffrage movement. Be inspired by her paintings and paint your own landscape. To top off the fun there is also croquet on the lawn.

To protect the safety of attendees and to eliminate overcrowding, we are requiring attendees to pre-register for an arrival time. Visitors required to wear a mask at all time, to stay with their family groups, and to stay at least six feet from other groups. All equipment used by visitors will be thoroughly cleaned between groups. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will not be held.

Take a Walk Around Litchfield August 22 @ 10 a.m.

There is nothing more relaxing than strolling the village green and walking in the historic borough of Litchfield on a warm summer day. The houses and town center is so well preserved it is like stepping back in time.

The Litchfield Historical Society will be making this walk much more interesting on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am with a narrated themed walking tour with a staff member of the Historical Society. The theme for Saturday, August 22 is William Grimes. Participants will explore Connecticut’s complicated history with slavery through the life of William Grimes, a man who escaped slavery in Georgia and found work in Litchfield. Walking tours last approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Space is limited! Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will not be held. To register click here.

KidsPlay Museum offers Bilingual Storytime August 19

The KidsPlay Children’s Museum located in Torrington is partnering with the Litchfield Historical Association to present Bilingual Stories in the Meadow. These storytimes in English and Spanish by volunteers Humphry Rolleston and Carmen Neale will take place Wednesday, August 19 at 10 am. Families can join the volunteers for storytime at The Tapping Reeve Meadow located behind the Tapping Reeve House and Law School, at 82 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Parking is available behind the Litchfield Historical Society Museum and on the street. This free event has limited registration due to social distancing requirements. Visit our website, www.kidsplaymuseum.org to learn more.


About KidsPlay Children’s Museum

Founded in 2012, KidsPlay Children’s Museum is a not-for-profit organization that operates over 11,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that spark curiosity and creativity. The Museum currently targets the developmental needs of children ages 1 to 10. KidsPlay provides opportunities for children and their caregivers to share intrinsically memorable, whole family learning experiences and build skills that extend beyond the museum. The Museum enriches the educational landscape for families from across the socio-economic, cultural, and educational spectrum. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.kidsplaymuseum.org.

Wilton Historical Society’s Booked for Lunch…August 24

If you are a history buff don’t miss the new program offered by the Wilton Historical Society on August 24, Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments that Shaped a State from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward helps us understand how people and events in Connecticut’s past played crucial roles in forming the culture and character of Connecticut today.

Woodward, a gifted story-teller, brings the history we thought we knew to life in new ways, from the nearly forgotten early presence of the Dutch, to the time when Connecticut was New England’s fiercest prosecutor of witches, the decades when Nutmeggers were rapidly leaving the state, and the years when Irish immigrants were hurrying into it.

Whether it’s his investigation into the unusually rough justice meted out to Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, or a peek into Mark Twain’s smoking habits, Creating Connecticut will leave you thinking about our state’s past–and its future–in a whole new way.

To register email info@wiltonhistorical.org. After you register, you will receive a confirmation, Zoom session ID Code, and instructions about how to submit questions. Suggested contribution $10.00