Traveling Exhibits

Museum-created exhibits are available for loan. Please contact Curator & Director of Special Projects Sheila Daley at or (860) 521-5362 x170 for more information.

What led a small agricultural town to transform into a thriving suburb? This exhibit traces the evolution of business in West Hartford using a collection of photographs taken in 1966 by the Town Zoning and Planning Commission. Originally taken to document sign and zoning infringements, the collection now offers an incredible view at the town’s past.

During the 20th century, a major period of growth altered the town’s landscape. Advanced in technology like the trolley, factories, and cars allowed city dwellers to escape into thenewly developing suburbs. And businesses came along to meet their needs. In 1957, the town had 329 businesses, including 48 food stores, 46 apparel shops, and 11 automotive shops.

Learn more about the last fifty years of business in West Hartford through panels featuring different parts of town, and take a stroll down memory lane with items from the museum’s collection. The exhibit will be up through September 2016.

This is a traveling exhibit which can be loaned to local organizations. Please call 860-521-5362 x17 if you are interested in learning more.