What is this?

dustpan-thumbOur newest exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, showcases over 40 costumes form Hepburn’s illustrious film and stage career. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its background every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

This costume was worn by Katharine Hepburn in the 1979 television film, The Corn is Green. The film was directed by George Cukor and the costumes were designed by David Walker. Set in 1890s Wales, Hepburn plays Lily C. Moffat, a willful schoolteacher who tries to set up a school in a Welsh coal-mining town and is met with opposition. In a gender-reversed Pygmalion scenario, Moffat sets out to educate one prize pupil and send him to Oxford. This was the last of the nine films Hepburn made with director George Cukor.


Join us for a guided tour of the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, and learn more about Hepburn’s life in Connecticut, her film career, and her iconic personal style. Beat the summer heat, and bring along your out-of-town visitors! These tours will be held on Tuesdays & Saturdays in July and August. They start at 2:00 pm and are free with museum admission.

We will also be show The Philadelphia Story on the CHS lawn on Thursday, August 14. The exhibit will be open from 7:00–8:00 pm and the movie will start at 8:00 pm. Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart—what more could you ask for on a summer evening? Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy one of Hepburn’s best performances under the stars. Connecticut Historical Society auditorium, in case of rain. This is a free event!

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