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October 2015

The Art and Science of Painted Wood Grain Finishes

October 20, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Several rooms at Hill-Stead were decorated with the fashionable wall treatment of wood grain painting — in public rooms (such as the Dining Room shown above) and behind-the-scenes service areas. Artisan Tim Eaton will discuss painted wood grain finishes and lead a demonstration showcasing current tools and techniques. The program will include a look at… [Read more]

November 2015

First Sunday Gallery Talk: Theodate’s Boys: Gordon, Donald, and Paul

November 1, 1:00 pm

One of Theodate’s adolescent dreams (or “air castles” as she called them) was to raise an orphaned child. As it turned out she took in three boys, two of whom lived to adulthood. Learn about Theodate’s Boys and a little known facet of her life—her role as “mom.” Free with museum membership or admission.

First Sunday Activity for Kids

November 1, 1:00 pm

The Pope family included foster children, Donald, Gordon, and Paul. What does your family look like? We will learn about more about Hill-Stead families as we look at old photographs. Then we will take new photographs of each other and celebrate our families. Children will make frames and take home their photo. RSVP required, as… [Read more]

First Sunday Open House

November 1, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us on the first Sunday of every month, from 1 to 4pm, for Hill-Stead Museum’s First Sunday Open House. Tour the collection at your own pace—linger in front of your favorite painting, examine the stairway prints in detail, or take in the many decorative arts objects that are not focused on during our regular guided tours. [Read more]

Christmas Memories: Tales and Traditions of an Early 20th-Century Holiday

November 24, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Please check back for more details. Free with museum membership or admission

Holiday Open House

November 27

Free with museum membership or admission.

December 2015

Holiday Boutique

December 5 - December 6

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Children’s Holiday Tour and Art Activity

December 5 - December 6

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Meet the Family

December 6, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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