Coventry, CT – Connecticut Humanities awarded Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead a $1,500 grant to support programming surrounding two exhibitions in the Homestead’s historic barns.
The Homestead is hosting The Farmer’s Cow exhibit, made available from Historic New England, from September 1st through October 31st. The exhibit, which details the dairy industry past and present, contains ten panels telling the story of dairying including Farmers, Cows and the Land, Family Traditions, Productivity and Efficiency, Preserving the Land, and Moving Forward. It is located in the Hale 19th-c. barn and is open to the public during regular museum hours.
Connecticut Landmarks was also delighted to host the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibition at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry from August 9th to September 14th. The exhibit is part of a year-long conversation about the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities. The Way We Worked draws on the National Archives’ rich photographic collections to document 130 years of changing work life in America.
This August and September, the Homestead offered People at Work events to correspond with the two exhibitions and to draw additional audiences to the exhibitions. The August programs included a blacksmith, cooking demonstrations, a Farm Work Festival presenting farming through the ages, and a wood splitting demonstration. The September programming, funded by Connecticut Humanities, featuring presentations on The World of Puppetry by Oswaldo Tirano and Grasshopper Arts, and Dulcimers ’n More, a musical quartet of traditional musicians.
Connecticut at Work travels across the state through December 2014. The program features the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibition, with stops in seven communities: New Haven, Torrington, Hartford, Waterbury, Coventry, Stamford and Groton. Surrounding communities are adding local focus with community history exhibits, book and film discussions, author talks, performances and more. Connecticut at Work is an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the Coventry Area, Connecticut at Work is a partnership with Connecticut Landmarks. The Connecticut tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England. For a calendar of events and more information, visit cthumanities.org/ctatwork.
The Nathan Hale Homestead is located at 2299 South Street in Coventry, CT 06238. For more information, visit www.ctlandmarks.org.
About the Nathan Hale Homestead
Nathan Hale Homestead is the birthplace of Connecticut’s State Hero, Nathan Hale, who was hanged as a spy during the Revolutionary War. The house, built in 1776, belonged to Nathan’s parents and family, and is located on the only site he ever called home. Its furnishings include several Hale family possessions and other collections amassed by Connecticut lawyer and philanthropist George Dudley Seymour, who purchased the Homestead in 1914 and began a program of restoration that is largely preserved today. The Hale Homestead is situated on 17 acres, adjoining the 1500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest, lending to the site’s substantial rural character.
The Homestead is open for regular tours from May through October. Hours are: May: Sat & Sun 12 – 4 pm; June – September: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 12 – 4 pm, Sun 11 am – 4 pm; October: Sat 12 – 4 pm, Sun 11 am – 4 pm. Open Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day. The Hale Homestead grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students, teachers and seniors; $4 for children age 6-18; children under 6 and CTL members are free. Families – 2 adults with children – are $15; groups of 10 or more are $5 per person. For school groups and special curriculum-based programming, please call Beverly York, Site Administrator, at (860) 742-6917 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Homestead hosts the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market on Sundays, 11 am to 2 pm, June through October.
About Connecticut Landmarks
Founded in 1936, Connecticut Landmarks is the largest statewide heritage museum organization in Connecticut. The historic landmark properties span four centuries of Connecticut history and include: the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem; the Butler-McCook House & Garden and Main Street History Center, Hartford; the Buttolph-Williams House, Wethersfield; the Hempsted Houses, New London; the Isham-Terry House, Hartford; the Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry; the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield. Connecticut Landmarks’ mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities. For more information, please visit www.ctlandmarks.org.