Ellington museum to have barnyard babies day

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Jun. 10—ELLINGTON — The Ellington Historical Society will hold a barnyard babies day at the Nellie McKnight Museum Quad, 70 Main St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baby goats, calves, piglets, alpacas, and chicks will be the main attraction.

Admission is free.

The museum quad is an historic 1812 Federalist-style house with exhibits of various eras of styles, "Nellie" exhibits, wedding dress collection, vintage nursery, antique china collection, sewing and textile exhibit, kitchen nostalgia, vintage womens' clothing boutique, and more.

The farm exhibit tells the history of Ellington farming from the 1800s through artifacts and interpretive signage.

A vintage wares barn and country mercantile complete the quad and will be open during the event.

The quad will be open for tours and shopping on Saturdays in June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Somers Historical Society

SOMERS — The Somers Historical Society's Somers Historical Museum at 11 Battle St. will be open Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

The museum will feature displays on the McCann farm on Main Street and the Worthington Turkey Farm, and activities of the Somers Grange.

There is no admission fee.

Tolland Historical Society

TOLLAND — The Tolland Historical Society has reopened one of its museums and will reopen another in July.

The Old Tolland County Jail and Museum at 52 Tolland Green is open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through the fall; closed July 4 and Sept. 5, Labor Day.

The Daniel Benton Homestead Museum, 154 Metcalf Road, will be open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning July 11; closed Sept. 5, Labor Day.

Visitors to the museums must wear masks while on the museum grounds and practice social distancing. Only four people are allowed inside at one time. Restrooms are not available.

Admission to the museums is free. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the museum, through the website, or by sending a check to the Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084.

For information, email Historical society President Kathy Bach at: kwbach@gmail.com

Connecticut Historical Society

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Historical Society has on exhibit "Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein," through Aug. 28; and "Connecticut Freedom Workers: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement," through Oct. 16.

Tours of the exhibits are offered Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Tours are free with admission to the museum.

Family tours of "Making Connecticut," the museum's permanent exhibition, are given the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m., beginning Saturday, June 19.

Tours last about 30 minutes and are followed by an optional hands-on activity.

Family tours of "Making Connecticut" are free with museum admission.

Tours are limited to 15 people. Advanced registration is recommended; open spaces will be offered to walk-ins.

For information, visit: chs.org/guidedtours

The Mill Museum

WINDHAM— The Windham Textile and History Museum, the Mill Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic section, will sponsor special Saturday events during June, including:

—Saturday, 10 a.m., a 90-minute walking tour of Willimantic bridges; $10 cash. Meet at the museum. Register on the museum website or call 860-456-2178.

—Sunday, Adopt a Sewing Machine Project, kicking off on National Sewing Machine Day. For a $25 donation to the Mill Museum, an individual will receive a matted photo of a vintage toy machine, a pamphlet sharing the story of the machine, and a lace sewing machine ornament. To adopt a machine, visit the website.

—Wednesday, 6 p.m., a 90-minute walking tour of the Thread Mill property; $10 cash. Meet at the museum. Make reservations online.

—Saturday, June 19, 3 p.m. Painting in the Park party for teens and adults, at Heritage State Park, across from the museum; $20 per person. Bring a chair and easel or small table. Preregister online.

—Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop-in spinning bee at the museum. Bring your wheels.

Masks and proof of vaccinations are required.

—Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. "Where They Stood: The Race Revolution: History 101," a slow-paced driving and outdoor walking tour around Norwich that will last approximately three hours; $10. Drive, caravan, or carpool on your own.

Bring masks, water, and a snack. Itineraries with be emailed to people who register on the museum website.

For information, call 860-456-2178 or go to: millmuseum.org

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