By Janet Serra

Posted: 01/05/2018 13:20:45

Located in the heart of Litchfield, the Litchfield Historical Society has several exciting programs planned in January and February that are sure to warm you up to winter!

Let it Snow, on Thursday, January 11 is a crafternoon for kids grades 1-7 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. Unplug and spend the afternoon crafting and creating! The Litchfield Historical Society's Crafternoons will explore a new theme in history with hands-on crafts and games that encourage students to look away from the screen and tap into their own imagination.  The theme for January is  learning  about some of Litchfield's epic snowstorms as you make a snow mobile, design your own snow globe, and compete to see who can make the tallest 'snowman.

On February 8 from 3:30-5 pm the craferafternoon will be a "Valentine" special for kids and families. All Family members are invited to this special crafternoon! Learn about the history of Valentine's Day while making Victorian Valentines for your family and friends!

Don't miss the special film screening on Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. that is free and open to the public on the search for Gina Grimes. Please join the Litchfield Historical Society in welcoming Regina Mason, international speaker, author, playwright, and producer, for a screening of her award-winning documentary, Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes. The screening and following discussion will be held at Forman School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. This free event is sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation. Learn more and register online here. Email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call (860) 567-4501.

The film follows Ms. Mason's path as she traces the steps of her ancestor, William Grimes, who traveled the Underground Railroad from Georgia to freedom in Connecticut. Grimes spent time in Litchfield, owned several businesses and worked for many Litchfield Law School students. The film conveys not only Ms. Mason's long road to uncover past, but also the unimaginable conditions that Grimes faced as he struggled to free himself from slavery. With the help of Litchfield residents Grimes was eventually able to purchase his freedom. In 1825 Grimes published his story, the first fugitive slave narrative in U. S. History, written while in Litchfield. Locations in the film include the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School. The screening will be followed by a discussion and reception with producer Regina Mason and director Sean Durant. To learn more about the project visit www.ginasjourney.com.

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