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September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds – State Library Opens New Exhibit Thursday, August 18, 2011

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September  11, 2001
Connecticut State Government Responds

State Library Opens New Exhibit
Former Governor Rowland to Recall His Administration’s Response

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the State of Connecticut was propelled to action. The initial response focused on securing Connecticut and its citizens and offering assistance to New York. In the days to follow, Governor John G. Rowland and Lt. Governor M. Jodi Rell spoke at interreligious services, candlelight vigils, and memorial services around the state offering emotional support to the community.

The September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds exhibit opened this month in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, and online at www.cslib.org  features original papers and documents from the State Archives documenting Connecticut’s response to the terrorist attacks. The State Archives has also created a digital collection presenting approximately 206 objects, which together document the response of Connecticut state government to the terrorist attacks both immediately and over time. The collection includes correspondence, memorandums, speeches, photographs, programs from memorial services, and letters of condolence to the State of Connecticut from foreign governments. The bulk of the items are from the records of Governor John G. Rowland, Governor M. Jodi Rell, and the Office of Family Support. The State Archives has been collecting the papers of Connecticut Governor’s since 1630.

Former Governor Rowland will be at the State Library at noon on Thursday, September 15 recalling that terrible day and its aftermath. Former legislator and member of the State Library Board, Allen Hoffman, will discuss with Mr. Rowland his thoughts when he first received word of the attacks, the actions he took and his remembrances of the days that followed. Elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1980 at the age of 23, John Rowland rose rapidly to serve three terms in Congress before being elected the youngest Governor in Connecticut history in 1994.

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

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