Give a Hand for History!

An Auction of Historic Proportions

November 1 - November 18, 2017

Visit the Auction 

Help us ensure our fiscal stability for the future.

From Wednesday, November 1 through Friday, November 18, 
CLHO will be presenting its second annual fundraising event!

Hosted on BiddingForGood, the proceeds of this auction allows CLHO to depend less on state support, and ensure that the programs you love are never jeopardized.  Our online auction promises to offer the most exciting items and experiences that you will find donated by our friends - historical societies, museums, and the individuals who love them.

Donations Needed (It's not too late! You can donate items through the end of the auction.)

In order to be a success we need your help. We've chosen to use the BiddingForGood auction platform because it allows CLHO to highlight (via links, photos, and more) the organizations that donate items and experiences to the auction. We are hoping that this will be a win-win approach to fundraising for CLHO and our members. 

Donation Suggestions
Lunch with the museum director or curator, behind-the-scenes tours, birthday parties, tickets to special events, Open Hearth cooking lessons, lunch in the museum's restaurant, etc.

Gift cards, gift shop goodies, one-of-a-kind, e.g. handmade sweaters or needlework, art and crafts, jewelry, collectibles, Past auctions have also done well with food items (is there a specialty of the house?)

Why Bidding For Good?

BiddingForGood is a charitable e-commerce company that connects fundraisers, cause-conscious shoppers, and socially responsible businesses.

BiddingForGood provides a unique online auction platform, where nonprofits, schools, consumers and businesses converge to create dynamic and exciting fundraising events and ultimately, to raise more money for the causes they care so much about. With the help of over 8,000 customers and the 450,000+ shoppers in our Bidder Community, they have created a new category of shopping, Charitable Commerce™.

 What's in it for you, our loyal supporters? 

We create a win-win situation with an innovative approach to fundraising.

In return for your donation, your institution's logo and website (or your personal name if you'd prefer) will be listed as a donor, and the item you donate (experience or object) will be listed with a link back to your organization's website. Your donation will result in  website traffic, and with luck, increased visitation and interest and in your programs. PLUS! If a bidder is outbid on a program or service that you regularly offer during our auction, they will be able to pursue their interests directly with you - at your regular museum fees. 

How can you make a donate an item or experience to the CLHO Auction? 

It's really easy! 

Send an email to Laurie Lamarre at, and she will respond to you to collect your information and add your item to the auction. 

Please try to add your items to the auction by October 22, 2017! 



Our Wonderful, Generous Donors!

Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society

Avery Memorial Association

Avery-Copp House

BAD SONS Beer Company

Barnum Museum

City Bench

Colchester Historical Society

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

The Connecticut Historical Society

Connecticut Humanities

Connecticut River Museum

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Dan Yaeger

Danbury Railway Museum

David Rau

Denison Homestead Museum

Diane Calabro

Cheshire Historical Society

Elizabeth Pratt Fox

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC

The Fitch House B&B

Florence Griswold Museum

The Golden Lamb Buttery

Gunn Historical Museum

Haddam Historical Society

Hill-Stead Museum

Historic New England

Ingrid Lavoie

Jeff Andersen

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

Joanie DiMartino

Julie Hulten

Julie Solz

Julie Soto

Kandie Carle

Karen Wizevich

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

Kathy Craughwell-Varda

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center

Kramer Portraits

Litchfield Historical Society

Lebanon Historical Society

Little House Brewing Company

Lynne Bassett

Melissa Houston

Mystic Seaport

New England Air Museum

New England Museum Association

New Haven Museum

Old Saybrook Historical Society

Old Sturbridge Village

Railroad Museum of New England

Rebecca Hatcher

Smith-Harris House

The Spotted Horse Tavern

Stephanie Lantiere

T. Arthur Donnelly

Tom Lee

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Westport Historical Society

Windsor Historical Society

Yale Repertory Theatre

Need ideas for your donation? Or just want to whet your appetite for online bidding with these items from our auction?

A Tiny Tour of the life of Tom Thumb and his bride, Lavina Warren and includes afternoon tea

Donated by The Barnum Museum 

This is your special opportunity to get an in-depth look at the Barnum Museum's collection of items that tell the story of Tom Thumb, and his wife, Lavinia Warren, including their custom-made clothing specially tailored to their tiny stature. All of these items are unique and rare. In order to preserve them, many cannot be continuously displayed and are thus carefully stored away. 

The aptly named "Tiny Tour" will focus on Tom Thumb and his wife, Lavinia Warren. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the couple's jewelry, clothing, furniture, carriages, accessories, early broadsides, and even a piece of their wedding cake! Yes, that's right: a slice of their now over 150-year-old wedding cake. 

A Day at the Florence Griswold Museum

Donated by The Florence Griswold Museum

Enjoy the day at the Florence Griswold Museum! Museum Director Jeffrey Andersen will personally welcome your party of four to the Museum where you will enjoy free admission and a $100 gift certificate to our outdoor restaurant, Cafe Flo (open May-October). Art, history and nature come together as you visit this home of American Impressionism. Visit the historic boardinghouse where Miss Florence hosted the Lyme Art Colonists, modern art galleries with changing exhibitions, and gardens and grounds that will surely evoke your love of nature. 


Connecticut League of History Organizations
Central Connecticut State University
Department of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674


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