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Henry Whitfield State Museum

2015 EVENTS

 

May 1-December 13 - 10:00-4:30 pm
Guilford Goes Global
Display of visitor photos showing the museum’s Guilford magnet in locales around the world. Free admission.

 

May 1-September 13 - 10:00-4:30 pm

Name that Thingamajig

Contest to identify an unusual artifact displayed each month. Monthly prize winner randomly selected from correct entries. Free admission.

 

May 9 – 2:00 pm

From Barbados with Love: Sailor’s Valentines Then and Now

Lecture on the history of 19th-century sailor’s valentines and reception for artist Lois Kessler. Included with admission.

 

May 16 – 1:30 pm

Foundations: The Stone Walls of Early Guilford

Lecture by Dr. Robert Thorson at the Guilford Free Library followed by a walk-and-talk and children’s program at the Henry Whitfield State Museum. Free (regular admission required to tour museum).

 

June 13 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Connecticut Open House Day – Puritans at Play!

Have fun with historical games and old-time toys, including bubble wands. Free admission.

 

June 21 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Guilford Attacked: Artifacts from the 1781 British Raid

Exhibit displayed in conjunction with Simeon Leete Day at Guilford’s Peletiah Leete II House. Included with admission.

 

June 27 & 28 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Early Guilford Days: Family Festival

Enjoy craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, and refreshments at all five Historic Guilford Museums. Discounted admission.

 

July 1-31 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Captain Frederick Lee: First Hero of the U.S. Coast Guard

Exhibit of artifacts from Eagle’s first captain, Frederick Lee of East Guilford (Madison). Included with admission.

 

August 1 – September 27 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse

Exhibit chronicling the over-200-year history of Guilford’s lighthouse and its keepers. Included with admission.

 

August 16 – 10:00-4:00 pm

Meet a Lighthouse Keeper

Interact with a costumed interpreter as he describes the life of a 19th-century lighthouse keeper at Faulkner’s Light. Included with admission.

 

September 26-December 13 - 10:00-4:30 pm

Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas

Exhibit detailing the origins and many myths of the holidays from Ancient Rome to 21st-century commercialism. Included with admission.

 

October 3 – 10:00-4:30 pm

History Rocks: Stone Working in Early Guilford

Talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities related to the iconic stones of New England and Connecticut’s oldest house. Included with admission.

 

October 24 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s

Flashlight tours, scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays on the Whitfield/Salem witch trial connection and the cemeteries under the Guilford Green, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit.

Included with admission.

 

November 27, 28 & 29 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Harvesting History

Reproduction trade items, samples of 17th-century receipts,  “Make Your Marke” quill pen activity, reading of the Pilgrim Cat storybook each hour, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit. Included with admission.

 

December 4 – 4:00-8:00 pm

Firelight Festival

Festive luminaria, outdoor fires, popcorn, marshmallows, s’mores, hot cider, hot chocolate, tours of Connecticut’s oldest house after dark and the Holidaze exhibit, natural holiday ornaments crafts, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Included with admission. No rain or snow date.

 

December 12 & 13 – 2:00 pm

Night Before Christmas Story Time

The history behind the classic holiday tale and its author followed by a reading of the book inside the 1639 Whitfield House, plus discounts on children’s toys, games, and books in the gift shop. Included with admission.

 

December 16-18, 21-23 – 10:00-4:30 pm

Gift Shop & Visitor Center Open

Holiday shopping, Holidaze exhibit, and Guilford Goes Global display. Free admission.



248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437  ~  whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov  ~  203-453-2457