Take a Tour of Connecticut’s beautiful State Capitol building

Connecticut State Capitol 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford

Capitol Information and Tours at the Connecticut State Capitol is operated by the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund and sponsored by the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, Connecticut General Assembly. General tourist information centers are located outside room 101 in the State Capitol and on the first floor, west entrance in the Legislative Office Building. Self-Guided Tours are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed for all State Holidays, the day after Thanksgiving and December 24 through January 1. For more information

Old Post Road Walking Tour: Fairfield

Fairfield Museum and History Center 370 Beach Road, Fairfield

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Old Post Road Historic District. Join a guided tour exploring what was once the main road through Fairfield dating back hundreds of years. Originally a Native American trade and travel route, Old Post Road is lined with historic sites. Learn about the Old Fairfield Academy, Annie B. Jennings, the Unquowa Hotel, the Roger Sherman homestead, the home of Ely S. Parker, and other fascinating stories. Meet at Fairfield Museum Lobby. For more information

$5 – $10

WEBINAR | Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol

MEMBERS ONLY | Not a member? Join Today! On July 25th, join us for a live webinar with Alan R. Hoffman, Esq., President of the American Friends of Lafayette. This program will describe the full extent of Lafayette’s reputation and explore the origins of Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825, a first-hand account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America. SIGN UP FOR WEBINAR

$55 – $500

Redcoats & Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

Saturday, August 3 - Sunday, August 4 Redcoats & Rebels returns on August 3rd and 4th! See the largest military re-enactment in New England with hundreds of costumed Revolutionary War reenactors, both soldiers and civilians, encamped on the Village Common. Visitors can explore our exhibits and galleries, watch demonstrations, and talk with our costumed historians about everyday life in early New England. In addition, visitors can tour the camps, witness recreated skirmishes and battles, see special presentations, chat with guest craftspeople, and enjoy fife and drum music. Due to the popularity of this program, pre-registration is highly recommended.  For more information

Free – $32

Connecticut Lafayette Trail: Lafayette’s Bicentennial Tour of Connecticut in 2024

August 7- September 8, 2024 Connecticut Welcomes Lafayette – AGAIN! A statewide calendar of events in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1824-1825, as part of a nationwide tour of the United States, Revolutionary War General, Marquis de Lafayette, passed through Connecticut making stops in twenty-six towns along the route. Although fifty years had passed since the close of the Revolutionary War, Lafayette was still revered by Americans and was greeted by thousands of citizens hoping to get a glimpse of the hero as he traveled through the state. Most historians believe that America could not have won the war without the help of the young French General and yet many Americans today know little about him. We hope that the efforts of our committee will educate and remind Connecticut residents of the life and work of this remarkable man. Lafayette visited 28 CT Towns in 1824 – click below to learn what happened in each town! For more information

Symposium: Revolutionary and Human Rights Champion: Lafayette and his Legacy: Fairfield University

Fairfield University 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield

September 7, 2024 Join The American Friends of Lafayette for a day-long symposium sponsored by Fairfield University at the Fairfield University Campus on Saturday, September 7, 2024. Registration and ticket information coming soon. Dr. Lloyd Kramer, History Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Author of Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions. Panelists: Dr. Robert Rhodes Crout, History Professor Emeritus at College of Charleston and President Emeritus of the American Friends of Lafayette. Associate Editor of Lafayette in the Age of the American Revolution: Selected Letters and Papers, 1776-1790, volumes III-V. Dr. Paul S. Spalding, Religion Professor Emeritus at Illinois College. Author of Lafayette: Prisoner of State. Mike Duncan, podcaster and best-selling author of Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. For more information  

Capitol America: Book Talk and Luncheon the Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut State Capitol 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford

A project 11 years in the making, Capitol America: A Photographic Portrait of the Fifty State Capitols, offers a unique look inside each of America's State Capitols. Connecticut photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein published the book in 2023. Now, the photographers and co-authors will give us their perspectives on the Capitols and discuss how the Connecticut State Capitol compares to others across the country. Capitol Information and Tours invites you to join us for this discussion and a question and answer session with the authors. Lisak and Ottenstein will also be signing copies of the book. Books will NOT be sold at the event. You can pre-purchase the book here if you'd like a signed copy. A light lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance at the link above. Register Here

Webb Deane Stevens Museum: Travel: Cape Ann & The North Shore

August 12-15, 2024 Enjoy four days exploring historic gems of Cape Ann and the North Shore of Massachusetts with Webb Deane Stevens Museum Executive Director Brenton Grom. The itinerary includes exclusive access to private residences and collections along with specially curated experiences at several landmark museums. Take in the stately charm of Castle Hill, the Crane family estate; tour the Thomas Riggs House with owner Barbara Lambert, a retired curator from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; see the fine and decorative arts collections of renowned economist Dr. H. Woody Brock at his estate, Twin Quarries; and marvel at the color, texture, and sightlines at Beauport, the home of collector and interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper that inspired Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur. For more information

Free

Lafayette Exhibit at The Great American Stamp Show, Hartford CT

Connecticut Convention Center, Hall AB 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford

August 15-18, 2024 Thurs. -  Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  • Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Come learn about Lafayette’s personal, military, and political journey through this living exhibit. Below is a PDF with more information about the exhibit. For more information  

Tavern Night with Fairfield Museum and History Center

Sun Tavern 370 Beach Road, Fairfield

In 1824, the Marquis de Lafayette, the last living General of the Continental Army from the Revolutionary War, embarked on a triumphant return to the United States on a whirlwind trip, and on August 20, 1824, he visited Fairfield, Connecticut, where he was lavishly entertained by the Town’s citizens. The Fairfield Museum is hosting an extraordinary evening of food, drink, and song at the historic Sun Tavern, Fairfield’s only remaining tavern from the 1700s. Join us for light bites from Martel Bistro, beer on tap from Elicit Brewing Company, and tavern songs with Cliff Haslam and Joseph Morneault. Raise a glass to commemorate Lafayette’s visit to Connecticut in the summer of 1824! For more information

$75

Talk: Lafayette in Norwalk: The Farewell Tour 1824-25

Norwalk Town House Museum 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk

Commemorating the Marquis de Lafayette’s 1824 visit to Norwalk As a part of Lafayette’s Bicentennial Tour of Connecticut, the Norwalk Historical Society is collaborating with the Connecticut Bicentennial Committee to present Lafayette in Norwalk as part of The Connecticut Lafayette Trail, which is devoted to presenting information on the life of Marquis de Lafayette, his aid to America during the Revolutionary War, and his return trip to America in 1824 with a focus on his stops in twenty-six towns in Connecticut. For more information

Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 200th Anniversary Rustic English Country Masque & Ball: September 1

Pilgrim Hall Museum 75 Court Street, Plymouth, MA

Sunday, September 1st, 6:30 - 9pm Join our festive 17th-century style Masque and English Country dance party in the original 1824 Main Hall as you’ve never seen it before—just emptied of its artworks in preparation for major renovation - PERFECT FOR A ONCE–EVERY–TWO–CENTURIES PARTY! TO BENEFIT THE LIGHT THE WAY RESTORATION CAMPAIGN Music by SEVEN TIMES SALT Dance Caller TOM ROBY CREATIVE ATTIRE ENCOURAGED 6pm—RED CARPET WELCOME PARADE YOUR ATTIRE & ENJOY A CELEBRATORY RECEPTION! 7 to 9 pm—MUSIC, DANCING, TASTY HORS D'OEUVRES ONE COMPLIMENTARY TOAST, CASH BAR ALL DANCES TAUGHT, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! TICKETED EVENT—RESERVATIONS REQUIRED TICKETS $125 per person, $100 members - link to buy up soon! For more information

$100 – $125