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Eight New Towns Added To The WPA Architectural Survey Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Goodwin Tavern, Hartford, Connecticut

Goodwin Tavern, Hartford, Connecticut

The Connecticut State Library has just added eight new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Hampton, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Kent, Killingly and Killingworth.

Digitized materials include survey forms and photos from the Census of Old Buildings in Connecticut. Also known as “The WPA House Survey”, the project took place from 1934 through 1937 under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The survey forms provide descriptions of nearly 5,000 buildings. Photographs were taken of most buildings and clipped to the survey forms. Some forms also include sketches of interior and/or exterior architectural details and a brief history of the building.

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Independence Day and Furlough Day Closings Friday, June 25, 2010

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All State Library facilities will be closed from Friday, July 2nd through Monday, July 5th. Regular hours will resume on July 6th.

Public Services Librarian 1 – State Library Reference Unit Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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The Connecticut State Library is recruiting for a full time Public Services Librarian 1. The incumbent will work under the direction of the State Library Unit Head and be accountable for performing a full range of professional library duties and providing reference and public service in the Library. Weekend (Saturday) hours, on a rotating schedule, will be required for this position.

Duties Include: Assisting patrons in locating and obtaining information, in person, on the telephone, through correspondence, email or other electronic platforms; conducting research in response to patron inquiries; providing information on library activities, facilities, rules and services; explaining and assisting in use of reference sources, catalogs and indexes, in all formats; explaining and assisting in use of library equipment; working effectively and collaboratively with other library staff; may plan and direct or carry out special projects; may create and contribute content to Library web page; may conduct workshops; may serve as liaison to library groups and organizations; may compile reports and statistics; may supervise and/or train paraprofessional, clerical staff or summer work staff; and performing related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Required: A Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge of professional principles and practices of library science including classification systems, reference sources and techniques, acquisition, cataloging and filing, bibliographic sources of information and library automation; ability to formulate internet and database search strategies, knowledge of library administration principles and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and solve problems relating to library methods and procedures.

Preferred Experience: Knowledge of a broad range of current and historical reference, bibliographic and collection development tools in both hard copy and electronic formats. Ability to lift materials or boxes weighing up to 25 pounds.

Apply: Interested candidates can send, by first class mail only, a State Application http://www.das.state.ct.us/EXAM/AppForm.pdf cover letter and resume by Thursday, July 8, 2010 to Teri Antonini, Human Resources Department, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106. The starting rate for this position is $57,849 annually.

Candidates on the Reemployment/SEBAC lists will be given first preference in filling this vacancy.

Connecticut State Library is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Library website downtime Monday afternoon Monday, June 21, 2010

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You may have trouble connecting to our library web pages this afternoon – Monday, June 21st.  System maintenance taking place between 3 and 8 pm may mean that the website is offline for a short period of time. During that time, other services will still be available. Use the links below to reach:

Exhibit on Connecticut and the Mexican-American War Monday, June 21, 2010

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Currently up for viewing is a one case exhibit in Memorial Hall entitled, “James Knox Polk, Connecticut and the Mexican-American War, 1846-1848.” Polk is a featured President in the continuing Presidential Signatures exhibit.

President Polk had campaigned on promises of the western expansion of the United States. Democrats across the nation and in Connecticut supported the war. In fact, a future Democratic Governor, Thomas Hart Seymour, won a medal for his bravery in the war. Whigs, including those in Connecticut, opposed the war. Connecticut’s Whigs warned that obtaining territory in the West was the war aim of Southern slaveholders, who anticipated that up to five slave states could be created out of western lands. Connecticut’s Whigs opposed this extension of slavery and the sectional conflict between Free states in the North and slave states in the South gained steam once again culminating with the Civil War.

The war ended with U. S. troops occupying all of Mexico’s major cities and claiming that Mexico was a defeated nation. In 1848, both sides convened and drew up the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico lost almost half of its territory, and the U. S. paid it fifteen million dollars. The border became the Rio Grande, not the Nueces River that Mexico had claimed. The treaty stated that Mexican citizens living in the ceded lands would become United States citizens and retain rights to their lands. However, according to some historians, over the years the Mexicans living there were not treated like citizens and Congress ratified the treaty without a promise of protection of their lands in the ceded territory.

The exhibit includes the diary of Nathaniel Lyon who became a General in the Civil War and was the first Union general killed; letter from President Polk to Isaac Toucey of Connecticut, June 8, 1848, asking Toucey to become the Attorney General; resolution of the Connecticut General Assembly against the U.S. annexation of Texas, June 6, 1844; Governor Isaac Toucey’s handwritten proclamation calling on patriotic men of Connecticut to volunteer for service against Mexico, June 4, 1846; and the Connecticut General Assembly resolution thanking General Zachary Taylor and troops for actions against Mexico early in the war, June 1846.

Two new biographies of Connecticut Governors Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Two new biographies of Connecticut Governors have been put online. Read them to learn about John Harper Trumbull, Connecticut’s “Flying Governor” from 1925-1931, and Gideon Tomlinson, 1827-1831, who served as a delegate to the 1818 State Constitutional Convention.

The Gallant Sons of Erin: A History Through Song of an Irish-Brigade Regiment in the Civil War Thursday, June 10, 2010

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CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY “3rd THURSDAY OF THE MONTH”BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES

On Thursday, June 17, 2010 from 12:00-12:45 pm in the Museum of Connecticut History at the State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, The Gallant Sons of Erin will bring us a vision of American history through their unique collection of songs and stories. By focusing on the songs sung by and about the Irish immigrant soldiers of the American Civil War, the listeners are treated to a glimpse of the rich culture of the mid 19th century immigrant community as well as an enjoyable musical treat. Their CD, “No Irish Need Apply” was named the 8th best CD of 2003 by the Celtic Connections Radio Show presented by Emerald Productions in Middletown, Connecticut. It chronicles, through period music, the story of an Irish Brigade Regiment in the American Civil War. Rather than record a selection of popular Civil War “hits,” The Gallant Sons mined the archives to revive the songs that were written by, readily available to and embraced by the Irish immigrant soldier of the American Civil War, their families, supporters and friends. The Gallant Sons have played at Civil War reenactments throughout the Northeast, at historical venues including the Federal Arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts and the Friends of Gettysburg visitor’s center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and modern folk music venues such as the Sounding Board in West Hartford.

Gallant Sons of Erin

The Gallant Sons of Erin are:

Todd Bryda (vocals and bodhrán) is a history professor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. His areas of interest include the Civil War and Irish history. He has been reenacting since 1991 and acts as the commanding officer of his unit (28th Massachusetts, Co. K, Irish Brigade). He has a B.A. in history and literature from the Univ. of Mass., Dartmouth, and an M.A. in history from the Univ. of Mass., Amherst.

Dave DeAngelis (banjo and vocals) is a School Library Media Specialist in Shelton Public Schools. He has been performing traditional American and Irish – English music for many years, and was a featured performer at the Mystic Sea Music Festival in 2001.

Mark DeAngelis (guitar and vocals) is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut teaching Business Law. Mark uses songs about law as an integral part of his teaching method. Mark has been a Civil War living historian for 17 years.

Connecticut State Library Digital Collections featured Friday, June 4, 2010

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Connecticut State Library Digital Collections are the featured Library of the Week on the I Love Libraries site from the American Library Association. Our collections include images and data from the 1930s WPA Architectural Survey, the 1637 Matthew Grant diary, images of Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co. employees, buildings and guns, and aerial photographs of the state from 1934 and 1965, along with some images taken after the Hurricane of 1938, and more.