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Connecticut's Old State House - Events August 2012
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Day Trips With Kids at the Connecticut Supreme Court, State Capitol, Museum of Connecticut History & Old State House.

The Judicial Branch, for the third year in a row and in collaboration with the League of Women Voters, the Museum of Connecticut History and Connecticut’s Old State House, is sponsoring “Day Trips with Kids,” an opportunity for children to have fun while learning about state government at the same time.

The program is being offered on Thursday, Aug. 9. Activities will include: Connecticut Invents! Discover many famous and not-so-famous Connecticut inventors and inventions during this hands-on activity, which uses objects and photographs from the Museum of Connecticut History’s collections; A visit to the State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark, where children will learn about the legislative process while viewing the House and Senate chambers and also visit the Hall of Flags, where flags carried into battle by Connecticut soldiers are displayed; A visit to the historic Supreme Court courtroom, where the state’s most important legal rulings have occurred over the past century; and A visit to Connecticut’s Old State House, where families engage in interactive programming to learn about early government and the residents who helped make the state what it is today.

The program is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Information about the program may be obtained through the Judicial Branch’s website, at, or by calling the External Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.

From the earliest days of the Hartford settlement, the site of the Old State House has served as the magnetic center of the region we know today as Connecticut. The earliest colonists were drawn here, nurturing ideas of freedom and self-government, and in the wilderness that once pervaded, America’s earliest constitution and democracy were born.
By the time our nation had won its war for independence, the building that stands here today rose up out of the eighteenth-century skyline as Connecticut’s first state capitol. Today, people of all ages continue to be drawn to Connecticut’s Old State House. More than a museum, this centerpiece of Connecticut’s and America’s history symbolizes where we’ve been and where we’re going as citizens and stewards of our great democratic experiment. A beautifully-restored architectural marvel, the Old State House also plays host to a variety of community and cultural events.
Connecticut’s Old State House was conceived as – and remains to this day – “the people’s house.” However you choose to visit, we invite you to “come home” to the Old State House soon!
The Old State House is managed and operated by the Connecticut General Assembly.
Connecticut’s Old State House will validate parking tickets from the South Street Parking Garage (formerly the Constitution Plaza garage). The cost, after validating, is $5.  The ticket will be stamped once admission is paid at the museum.  The validation is good all day.
The garage hours are 6:00 am – 1:00 am on weekdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 am on Saturdays and 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sundays.
Directions to Constitution Plaza South Garage:
84 East
Take Exit 50 (Main St.). Right at 3rd light onto Market St. Left at 2nd light onto Kinsley St. Entrance on right – South Garage.
84 West
Take Exit 54 (Downtown Hartford). Merge onto Route 2 West (Founders Bridge). Right at the second light on Market St. Right at first light onto Kinsley St. Entrance on right – South Garage I-91 North. Take Exit 32B (Trumbull St.). Left off exit onto Market St. Left at 4th light onto Kinsley St. Entrance on right – South Garage.
I-91 South
Take Exit 31 State Street. Right at second light on Market St. Right at first light onto Kinsley St. Entrance on right – South Garage.
Walking Directions to Connecticut's Old State House from Constitution Plaza: (Less than 5 minutes)
Head South on Columbus Boulevard/Constitution Plaza toward the Connecticut Science Center. Turn Right on State Street; the Old State House will be directly ahead. Follow State House Square -or- Central Row to the Entrances (proceed to the rear of the building for wheelchair accessibility).
The building and all exhibits are wheelchair accessible and there is handicapped parking on Central Row (located next to the Old State House). Guests with visual and auditory challenges are asked to call ahead and special arrangements will be made to improve their visitor experience.
Old State House
800 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860.522.6766
Fax: 860.522.2812
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