Calendar of Events
Programs take place in the museum unless otherwise specified. Click here for public tour registration.
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm
Meet outside 600 Main Street entrance
When the great orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass first came to Hartford in 1843, he inspired his listeners with a frank condemnation of slavery and its supporters. The city was already a center of Black resistance, uniting enslaved and free people in bold, defiant acts against the vast immoral system. Join this interactive tour led by Steve Thornton from The Shoeleather History Project, beginning at the museum and stopping at the very places Douglass and his local contemporaries struggled for liberation and full equality. The tour will last no longer than 90 minutes and is limited to twenty participants. Walking distance is approximately one-half mile and includes eight stops between 600 and 942 Main Street. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.