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Windsor, Warwick, and Witches (and Matthew Grant, too!) Friday, September 26, 2008

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Today, September 26, 2008, is being observed by the Town of Windsor as the official date of its 375th birthday, marking the anniversary of Lt. William Holmes’ arrival and establishment of a trading post near the junction of the Connecticut and Farmington Rivers.

In conjunction with Windsor’s anniversary, the State Library has created online presentations of two records significant to Windsor’s early history, the “Warwick Patent” and Matthew Grant’s “Diary” or Notebook.

The “Warwick Patent” was used to justify the establishment of a colony and the erection of a fort at Saybrook, a claim to lands in Matianuck (later Windsor, Connecticut) by a party led by Francis Stiles, and the establishment of John Winthrop, Jr. as the “governor of the river Connecticut.” The “Patent” was subsequently invoked to help legitimize Connecticut’s legal status.

Matthew Grant was Windsor Connecticut’s first surveyor, second town clerk, and ancestor of President Ulysses S. Grant. His “Diary” includes two sermons by Thomas Hooker, one a Thanksgiving sermon preached October 4, 1638 and the other preached at Windsor June 20, 1647, shortly before Hooker’s death; transcriptions of other sermons and religious writings; the Windsor church covenant of 1647; Grant’s Rules for Measuring Land; and his family record. Entries on the inside cover of the Notebook record the death by hanging of Alse Young, 1647; of John Newbery, 1647; and of the Carringtons, 1651. According to John M. Taylor’s The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut, pp. 145-147, Alse Young and John and Joane Carrington were executed for the alleged crime of witchcraft.


Ethics Day, September 26 Thursday, September 25, 2008

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Her Excellency, Governor M. Jodi Rell, has officially proclaimed September 26, 2008 as Ethics Day in the State of Connecticut.  The State Library has recently updated the Ethics in Government research guide. This guide leads to a number of digital reports on ethics and campaign finance reform, new books on these topics, pertinent e-journals, and related Web sites.  Visit a number of research guides on a broad range of public policy topics, including health, environmental, and transportation issues.

Digital Collection Thursday, September 25, 2008

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At this time, the digital collections at the State Library are down.  We were working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.  Stay tuned…

Highlights of Public Acts Effective October 1, 2008 Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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For a complete list of Acts Effective October 1, 2008 go to




PA 08-66 requires parents’ Social Security numbers be recorded on a birth certificate’s confidential section and  applies existing law governing recording SSNs on marriage licenses to civil union licenses.

PA 08-114 creates two new offenses of (1) endangerment of a highway worker and (2) aggravated endangerment of a highway worker that apply when a driver commits certain acts in a highway work zone subject to a fine of up to $500 if no physical injury occurs or up to $1,000 if there is a physical injury.

PA 08-106 and PA 08-122 both concern limits for lead in children’s products and prohibit the sale of toys or other articles marketed for children under age 16 that contain asbestos.  They also require the DCP to compile a list of toxic substances that should not exist in children’s products.

PA 08-115 prohibits telephone and cable television providers from charging an installation fee to a resident of a nursing home when the resident changes rooms within the facility.

PA 08-167 requires businesses Social Security numbers to create a privacy protection policy that must ensure confidentiality of Social Security numbers.

PA 08-26 replaces state boating safety rules and regulations with federal standards including operation of vessels and personal watercraft by unlicensed youth under age 16 in most instances.

New Legal Resources @ CSL Friday, September 19, 2008

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Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour. Mark A. Robertson, James A. Calloway. 3rd ed. KF 316 .R53 2008.

Reframing Scopes. Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette. KF 224 .S3 L34 2008.

Through The Client’s Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again. Henry W. Ewait, Andrew W. Ewait. 3rd ed. KF 311 .E92 2008.

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation:  Protecting and Defending Confidentiality. Vincent S.Walkowiak, editor. 4th edition. KF 8959 .A7 A935 2008.

Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008:  Law, Explanation and Analysis. CCH Editorial Staff Publication. KF 6529 .H68 2008.

Database of the Week Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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As part of our HeinOnline subscription is a database called Legal Classics.  Within the Legal Classics Library, “The True-Blue Laws of Connecticut and New Haven and the False Blue-Laws Invented by the Rev. Samuel Peters to Which Are Added Specimens of the Laws and Judicial Proceedings of Other Colonies and Some Blue-Laws of England in the Reign of James I (1876)” can be researched.  Based on patron requests for this material, this is a valuable addition to our collection.

‘History Detectives’ Update Friday, September 5, 2008

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CPTV will rerun the History Detectives show with the Connecticut Jewish farm segment on Thurs. Oct 2 at 9:00 p.m., Sat. Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and Sun. Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m.

‘History Detectives’ Visit Spawns Jewish Farms Web Exhibit Thursday, September 4, 2008

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The Case of the Mysterious Connecticut Farm

The “History Detectives” Investigate Jewish Agricultural Communities at the Connecticut State Library

A production crew for the popular public television series History Detectives spent much of Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the Connecticut State Library filming part of a segment for the show’s sixth season. The segment involves a case in which “A resident of rural East Haddam, Connecticut owns an old home that he believes has a story to tell.”

The house was occupied by a number of different people from 1891 to 1906, and their names seem to suggest a Russian or Eastern European background. Many Eastern European Jews immigrated to America at this time because of the political situation in Russia. Could there be a connection? Watch the History Detectives episode on Sept. 8 for the answers.

Check TV listings in your area for information about broadcast times. In Connecticut, CPTV is pre-empting History Detectives’ normal Monday at 9:00 p.m. time slot and will air it at 1:00 a.m. Wed. Sept. 10 instead. The show will run in Boston and Springfield at the regular 9:00 p.m. Monday time.

To complement the episode, the Connecticut State Library has created an online exhibit focusing on the history of Jewish farmers in Connecticut. It features images of Connecticut agricultural scenes from the late 1800s through the mid 1900s.

For the full story of the History Detectives’ visit to the State Library, please see the article “History Detectives” Visit the State Library in the July 2008 edition of the CONNector, the Connecticut State Library newsletter.