Museum Opens May 1, 2015

Sunday May 3 :: Exhibit Opening

What: “Lives and Legacies: Prudence Crandall’s African-American Students”
Where: Prudence Crandall Museum
When: Sunday May 3, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm

What: The opening of “Beyond the Classroom” installation
Where: Prudence Crandall Museum 2nd floor ell

Sunday, May 3 :: Friends of Prudence Crandall Museum, Inc. Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election

Where: Prudence Crandall Museum
When: Sunday May 3, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm

The Public is invited to attend.


Saturday May 9 :: Symposium

Museum /Friends of the Museum / CT Freedom Trail Symposium

What: “Lives and Legacies: Prudence Crandall’s African-American Students.”
Where: Prudence Crandall Museum
When: Saturday May 9, 2015
Time: 10 am to 3 pm

Participants include:

  • Prof. Afua P. Cooper, PhD. Author and James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept. of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie Univ., Nova Scotia.  
    Dr. Cooper’s talk title: “The Legacy of the Prudence Crandall School in Canada: Mary Miles Bibb and Black Education”.
  • Prof. Jennifer J. Rycenga, PhD. Professor of Humanities, Humanities Dept. San Jose State Univ. and Prudence Crandall biographer.   Jennifer Rycenga talk title: ” Black Minds Matter: The Lives, Aspirations and Legacies of the Black Students of Prudence Crandall”.
  • Prof. Julie P. Winch, PhD. Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts, Univ. of Massachusetts. Author of “A Gentleman of Color – The Life of James Forten.   Julie Winch talk title: “For the Sake of an Education, We might be Willing to Bear Not Only Scornful Looks”.

Cost: $20 general public / $15 Friends of the Museum members/Museum Docents and Volunteers.
(Fee includes hand out materials, box lunch and museum admission.)
Call: 860-546-7800 ext 7

Pre-Registration is Required

Saturday, May 30 :: Museum hosts “Griswold Bicentennial Day”

Offering Free Admission to residents of Griswold, CT. Special Tours offered at 11 am / 1 pm and 3pm focusing on the Glasko family from Griswold, an African-American family that sent two of their children, Elizabeth and Mary Glasko, to Prudence’s Academy in Canterbury. (Free admission with proper ID.)


Saturday June 13 :: State’s Annual Open House Event!

Free Admission for Connecticut residents
Where: Prudence Crandall Museum
When: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

“How Does Your Garden Grow?”

What: Friends of Prudence will oversee a seed planting hands-on program for adults/children as part of the state’s annual Open House Day ~ free admisson to the state’s residents during regular museum hours.
When: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm



Wednesday, July 1 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:20 am

Saturday, July 4 :: Canterbury’s Annual 4th of July Parade

Look for Friends at the town of Canterbury’s annual July 4th parade.


Wednesday, July 8 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am

Sunday, July 11 :: Introduction to Silhouette Making

What: Instructor Elizabeth O’Brien will give participants some background on the art form of silhouette making; participants will make their own project to take home. The workshop is appropriate for ages 10 and older.
When: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Fee: $ 30.


Wednesday, July 15 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am

Wednesday, July 22 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am

Wednesday, July 29 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am



Saturday, August 1 :: Annual Music At Twilight

Friends of the Prudence annual Music At Twilight with the duo of Judy Handler and Mark Levesque.
Location: Museum Lawn / Rain site: Canterbury Community Center.
Time: 6 to 8 pm. Cost – free, donations welcome.

Sponsored in part by a Grant from the Town of Canterbury.


Wednesday, August 5 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am

Sunday, August 9 :: Introduction to Stenciling

When: 1 to 3:30 pm
For: Ages 10 and Over. Pre-registration required.
Lisa Joseph will provide background information on the tradition of stenciling and will lead a “behind the scenes” tour of the newly opened exhibit installation in the museum ell (which includes stenciling.)
Cost: $7.00 per person includes museum admission and supplies.

Wednesday, August 12 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am

Wednesday, August 19 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am

Wednesday, August 26 :: Friends Garden Day

When: 8:30 am



Saturday, September 5 :: Annual Prudence Crandall Day.

– Admission Free –
When: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Rain or Shine.
Crafts demonstrations and sales, music, food. Entertainment in the museum barn will include Sally Rogers, Former State Troubadour who will present a program of Civil Rights songs.
Barn Performances at 11:30am and 2pm.

Saturday, September 19 :: Canterbury Historical Society’s annual Old Home Day.

FOP will oversee children’s games on the museum lawn.


Fri/Sat/Sunday October 9, 10 and 11th :: Art installation in the Carter House with the North East CT Art Guild.

Installation free and open to the public, 10 am to 3:30 pm.


Sunday, October 11 :: Annual Archaeology Talk.

A Landscape of Change – Archaeology at the Prudence Crandall House”

Sarah Sportman, Archaeologist with Archaeological and Historical Services of Storrs, CT will discuss recent digs done at the museum and how the finds reflect the changes property owners made over the time at the site. Sponsored by Westminster Tool Inc.


Free Admission.
When: 2 to 3:00 pm.


Saturday, October 17 :: Friends Walktober Event


Sunday, October 25 :: Volunteer Appreciation Day


Museum Closes October 31.


Museum closes for the 2015 season on Saturday, October 31, 2015.