CPAN initiatives are designed to inform and engage audiences of all ages, to give them the information and skills to be effective modern citizens in big and small ways.  Some programs are statewide, others have begun to have a national reach, and more are on the way…


Connecticut’s Old State House 

The past shapes the future. Government represents the governed. Leaders – of every kind – were once just regular people like you and me. Here at Connecticut’s Old State House – the very spot where Connecticut’s democracy was born – you’ll learn about how it was born and who made it happen.

You’ll meet people who went from ordinary to history-making by standing up for what they believed: and maybe think about where you fit in to “government by the people” yourself.

 Connecticut History Day

A program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.

After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.  Students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topic’s significance in history, and create final projects that demonstrate their work.

These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them.

 Kid Governor®

An award winning civics education program for 5th graders. Students who participate in the program have the opportunity to create a campaign platform around a community issue they want to see changed, run for office, and vote in an election for their state’s Kid Governor! Kid Governors hold their office for a one year term, giving them time to make a significant impact in their states and communities around the issue they’ve selected.