7 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.
The week of August 15th--19th from 9:30am-12:30pm, the Litchfield Historical Society will offer a Civil War Immersion Experience for children ages 8 and up as part of this year's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. In 1861, citizens gathered all across the country to hear speeches about freedom, states' rights, and the issues surrounding slavery. To mark this significant passage of time, the Litchfield Historical Society will feature a special exhibit next year on the Civil War titled The Hour of Conflict: Litchfield and the Civil War. The exhibition will focus primarily on the home front and Litchfield's experiences leading up to, during, and after the Civil War.The stories of the people of this time will be told each morning during the camp through a variety of activities centered on this memorable period: children will create a telegraph, make hardtack, discover the new application of photography, investigate the use of propaganda, get hands-on lessons in making various items such as a kepi and a haversack, and stage a mock presentation of the Battle of Cold Harbor. The fee for the entire week is $60 members and $100 for non-members and registration is required. Deadline to register is August 5th. For additional class information contact the Litchfield Historical Society by phone, by email, or by viewing our website.