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if you're looking for more information about some of the subjects that we  explore at the society this is a great place to start.


​ Many thanks to Mary Kocol who graciously joined us on June 10th and shared her extensive knowledge and expertise on the art of plant-based photography. If you'd like to know more about Mary here's a link to her beautiful  website.

Historical Society members can go to the Members Only page  for details on materials and techniques.


My name is Lori. I am a farmer and textile dyer. I grow indigo and other natural dye plants. I weave with fiber donated by our herd of alpaca, and create unique kiln fired ceramic buttons. Our farm is forever evolving. We started out breeding huacaya alpaca for their fiber, which I spin and dye. In the past few years we transitioned to a dye farm, where madder and weld along with indigo are grown - primary colors!

2020 brought it’s own challenges and we are now growing hemp for the cbd properties…


My work can be purchased at farm markets, boutiques and online.

Indigo and Madder starts are available in the spring at the markets we attend


Welcome to Connecticut Explored

We’re the magazine and podcast of Connecticut history!

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We are a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 and celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2022. We may be unique in the nation as a publication separate from our state historical society and state humanities council. That means your membership-subscription and gifts to Friends of Connecticut Explored keep us publishing! As a funded partner of CTHumanities, we work closely with the state’s arts, culture, historical, and preservation communities.

We publisher educational resources for children, too. Visit our Teach page for more information.

Sunset in the Woods

if you're interested in learning about permaculture, there might be no better video series than Geoff Lawtons Master Class available for free on YouTube.



Connecting you and the story of Connecticut.


The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a private, not-for-profit museum, library, research and educational center. Founded in 1825, the CHS is one of the oldest state-level historical societies in the nation. The mission is to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history. To accomplish that purpose, CHS collects and preserves material (books, documents, images, and artifacts) related to Connecticut’s social, cultural, and family history and makes those materials available for public education and use onsite at its building on Elizabeth Street in Hartford, off-site at other locations, and online. CHS’s on- and off-site public services reached 38,425 people in 2016, almost half of whom were K-college students, teachers, and chaperones


Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and co-founder of Neighborhood Foresters. Since 1993 Brad has run a successful permaculture education, design, and consultation business focused on integrated regenerative approaches to landscape design, planning, and living. In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches (280 mmm) of average annual rainfall, he and his brother’s family harvest about 100,000 gallons (378,000 liters) of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre (0.05 ha) urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is then turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants, and more. The goal of his book series and overall work is to empower his clients and community to make positive change in their own lives and neighborhoods—by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, community, and more. It’s catching on, as evidenced by tens of thousands of practitioners and demand for Brad’s work around the world.

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