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2010 Marks 29th Year of Legislative Intern at CSL Monday, February 22, 2010

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This year’s session of the Connecticut General Assembly marks the 29th anniversary of the legislative internship program in the Bill Room at the Connecticut State Library.  The legislative internship program is offered every year during the legislative session and is a unique cooperative effort with the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Management.  In return for the CT State Library receiving legislative documents each year and archiving them for permanent public access, the legislature funds this position.  Most importantly, this relationship allows the intern and two separate branches of government to mutually assist and benefit one another.  

The legislative intern is paid as a seasonal employee by the Connecticut General Assembly but works exclusively at the Connecticut State Library.  This year’s aide, Meaghan Murphy is pursuing a career in librarianship.  In addition to working with us, she also works part time at the City of Springfield Public Library in Massachusetts.




State Archives Mounts Exhibit of Presidential Signatures Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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The State Archives has mounted an exhibit of Presidential signatures from its collection. The exhibit is housed in two cases located in Memorial Hall of the Museum of Connecticut History at the Connecticut State Library. It will run until the end of 2010.

One case contains signatures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and will not change. The other will contain signatures of the remaining Presidents and will rotate so that all are on display at some time during the year. Currently this case contains signatures of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Visitors will see the signatures on letters written on White House stationary, military commissions, appointments, certificates of appreciation, certificates of merit, letters patent for land, bounty land grants for military service, and Presidential pardons.

Two highlights include a short note from President Abraham Lincoln dated April 18, 1861 to Connecticut’s Gideon Welles, then serving as Secretary of the Navy, asking him to be at the Executive Mansion at 12 Noon to discuss political appointments in Philadelphia. Also, there is a letter from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Governor Wilbur Cross dated October 23, 1938 in response to Cross’s request for federal aid in clearing away “fallen timber” from the great hurricane that occurred on September 21.

The State Archives hopes this exhibit will provide visitors with a better sense of some of the many treasures in the Connecticut State Library.

Underground Railroad of New Milford, CT: A Brown Bag Black History Program Friday, February 5, 2010

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Underground Railroad of New Milford, CT: A Brown Bag Black History Program

On Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 12:00-12:45 pm in the Museum of Connecticut History at the State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, DebMuseum of Connectiuct Historyorah Calhoun, Executive Director of the Afrikan-American Cultural Awareness Association (AACAA), will present a program on the Underground Railroad in Connecticut, with special emphasis on New Milford, CT. Bring your lunch and learn about the path of slaves through Connecticut on their escape to freedom; about the network of families who supported them on their clandestine journey and the codes used by the Freedom Seekers through their Songs and the Quilt myth.

Freedom Trail Quilts

Freedom Trail Quilts

You can also view the 4 Connecticut Freedom Trail Quilts,  permanently displayed in the Museum of Connecticut History. In 1997, a grass roots citizens group of interested volunteers from every corner of the State came together to form the Freedom Trail Planning Committee. They dedicated their time and efforts to creating a lasting tribute to the Connecticut Freedom Trail through one of the most traditional of American art forms – quilting. The four quilts, representing each region of Connecticut, were completed in 1998.

All State Library Facilities will be closed, February 12-15 Thursday, February 4, 2010

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All State Library Facilities will be closed from Friday, February 12th through Monday, February 15th, for the holidays (Lincoln’s Birthday & Washington’s Birthday). Normal hours http://ow.ly/13bNC will resume on Tuesday, February 16th.