Undergraduates from Wesleyan, Brown, and RISD are working in collaboration with the National Park Service’s Coltsville Historic Park in Hartford, CT on a cross-disciplinary research and design project that will result in exhibits about New England’s hidden gun history.

Coltsville is an important historical site in rough condition, with a complicated and contentious story.

For the past three years, students in Steven Lubar’s courses on curatorship at Brown have collaborated with students in Francesca Liuni’s exhibition design courses at RISD to develop plans for museum exhibits. Brown students determine content and shape the stories to be told, working with RISD students who create spatial narratives and draw up plans for the exhibition. This year they were joined by students, working with CSGS Founding Director Jennifer Tucker at Wesleyan, who undertook research for the projects and developed lists of objects and images for the exhibition.

The project has received support from the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC).