The Wilton Historical Society has joined 11 other Connecticut history organizations in making its collection more accessible though Connecticut Collections (CTCo). The open-source, online resource tool, specially designed for history and heritage organizations in the state, opened its easy-to-use online public portal in 2016.

“There are so many ‘hidden treasures’ in our collections, as there are in the other small to mid-size museums and historical societies in Connecticut,” said Kim Mellin, co-director of the Wilton Historical Society. “This is a fantastic resource.”

The society has 45 objects available on the pubic portal, and will be adding more over time. Researchers, students, teachers and history buffs will be able to search through collections or search for specific items, such as tools, photographs, diaries, letters, textiles, and much more using keywords, geo-reference points, object types, time period, and the like.

Besides being a valuable way to share more information with the wider public, joining CTCo enabled the society to move the existing collections database from an outdated program to a state-of-the-art collections management system.

Wilton Historical Society Collections Coordinator Nick Foster, who managed the data transfer for the society’s nearly 16,000 objects said, “This is a big step up for us. The new system is really easy to use, is much more searchable, has many more field options, and allows us to include photographs of the objects.”   

The Connecticut Collections (CTCo) project was created and is administered by the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO), a nonprofit which builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past.

In addition to the Wilton Historical Society, the following institutions are part of CTCo: Barnum Museum, Fairfield Museum and History Center, Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, The Beekley Collection, Preston Historical Society, Sharon Historical Society, Hotchkiss School Archives & Special Collections, Portland Historical Society, Cheshire Academy, Weston Historical Society and The Unionville Museum.  

To access the portal, visit wiltonhistorical.org, and click on the Collections tab. In the dropdown menu click Connecticut Collections.