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“Follow the Blue Blazes”: Connecticut’s Hiking Trail System Exhibit Now Open Friday, May 31, 2013

Posted by aramsey in Archives, history, Museum.
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“Follow the Blue Blazes”: Connecticut’s Hiking Trail System exhibit opened this month in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.  The exhibit documents the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s role in creating, maintaining, and making hiking trails accessible to the general public through programs like Connecticut Trails Day.  Included in the exhibit are maps, trail folders, patches, trail signs, booklets, and photographs.

The Connecticut Forestry Association, later named the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, was founded by a group of concerned citizens who met at the Weatogue home of Reverend Horace Winslow on December 30, 1895.  The association’s leadership voted on October 5, 1929 to establish a Trails Committee to administer the trails system.  Today, the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System is approximately 825 miles of trails maintained by hundreds of volunteers working in cooperation with many public and private landowners.  All of the items in the exhibit are part of RG 169:007, Connecticut Forest and Park Association records which were donated by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association to the Connecticut State Library on December 17, 2012.

The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00; and Saturday 9:00 to 2:00 through August.  All exhibits are free and open to the public.

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