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Holiday Closing – July 2 & 4 Friday, June 24, 2011

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, July 2 & Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.


Ten New Towns Added To The WPA Architectural Survey Thursday, June 16, 2011

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A view of the front of a building built circa 1828 that is now owned by Wesleyan University. Fluted Corninthian columns grace the portico that leads to a massive front door. Leafy trees surround the building.

Wesleyan University building, circa 1828-1830

The Connecticut State Library has just added ten new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Mansfield, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlebury, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, MonroeMontville and Morris.

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.

Flag Day Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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June 14 is Flag Day. According to the 2007 edition of “Our Flag” (Senate document 109-18 available here and also as Serial Set 14999, p. 40), the Stars and Stripes first flew in a Flag Day celebration in Hartford, Connecticut in 1861, during the first summer of the Civil War.
The first national observance of Flag Day occurred June 14, 1877, the centennial of the original flag resolution.
So Connecticut residents can fly Old Glory with local as well as national pride on Flag Day

Text the State Library at 860-CONNREF Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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We are pleased to offer library users the option of texting us, in addition to email and IM. Text us at 860-CONNREF (860-266-6733). We also take reference questions by phone, email, and IM (or visit us at 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford during our public open hours).
Have a question?  Visit www.cslib.org/asklib.htm  to find the most convenient way for you to reach our librarians.

Connecticut Eats! A Bite of Food History in the Nutmeg State Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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A Bite of Food History in the Nutmeg State: Patrick Smith, Curator of Education at the Museum of Connecticut History will present a program titled Connecticut Eats!: A Bite of Food History in the Nutmeg State at noon on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Memorial Hall at the Connecticut State Library, located at 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. Often referred to as the “Nutmeg State,” Connecticut’s contributions to the culinary world over the past 300 years have been inventive, historical and of course tasty. On the “menu” are topics including: Roast Meat Hill to Fishfry Street (the geography of food); “Worn out like a June Shad “(the state our state fish); Sylvester Graham (who never ate a S’more); the Grinder (or is it a sub?); and for dessert “Let Them Eat Cake” ( as long as it’s Hartford Election Cake). Bring your lunch, bring your curiosity and maybe even your appetite for some authentic samples of Connecticut inspired foods!

About the speaker: Patrick Smith is Curator of Education at the Museum of Connecticut History at the Connecticut State Library. As part of his job Patrick develops and presents outreach education programs to learners of all ages across the state. He also write the popular blog Connecticut Invents which chronicles the famous and not so famous inventions and inventors from Connecticut. A historical foodie, Patrick enjoys “researching” Connecticut food, facts and myths all in the name of history.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut

Smith’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

#AskArchivists Day on Twitter is June 9th! Friday, June 3, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library will be participating in the international Twitter event #AskArchivists Day on Thursday, June 9.  The goal of the #AskArchivists Twitter event is to generate attention to archives, archival collections, and what archivists like about their profession.  On that day anyone with a Twitter account can pose a question (140 characters or less) to our Twitter feed @LibraryofCT with the hashtag (#) #AskArchivists included in the post.  Archives staff will answer questions for the event from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For longer inquiries or questions feel free to contact us through the State Library’s email form Ask A Librarian.  For further information and participating archives see Ask Away on #ArchivistsDay! Blog or scan the Quick Response (QR) codes!              

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