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Columbus Day holiday closing Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, October 8th & Monday, October 10th, for the Columbus Day holiday.


Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, September 17th @ the Connecticut State Library Thursday, September 15, 2011

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The 125th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford is being celebrated this Saturday, September 17th. The Museum of Connecticut History at the Connecticut State Library will be showcasing two special exhibits. Come see rare Connecticut Civil War artifacts, photographs, letters, and much, much more. Experience an exhibit that demonstrates how Connecticut armed the Union, with state weaponry manufactories supplying an astonishing 43% of all the American-made firearms bought by the U.S. War Department.  In addition, the musical legacy of Henry Clay Work, Connecticut’s “chief singer of the Civil War,” will be revealed in Marching with Henry C. Work through songbooks, postcards, period ephemera, and twentieth century recorded sound media.

Patrick Smith, Curator of Education for the Museum of Connecticut History will be hosting two free children’s activities throughout the day. At 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 children can make their own Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 children and adults can play a game of Tiddly Tack using authentic hardtack while learning about the diet of Civil War soldiers. All activities and exhibits will take place in Memorial Hall at 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford the Connecticut State Library has digitized 16 photographs. View the photographs online at our Flickr site.

Visit the CCSU 150th Anniversary of the Civil War website for information about all the day’s activities.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Photographs Available in Flickr Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Posted by aramsey in Archives, digital collections, history.
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In honor of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford the Connecticut State Library has digitized 16 photographs.  On September 17, 1886 the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch was dedicated to the “soldiers and sailors of Hartford who fought for the Union.”  The photographs are from the Hartford Collection, circa 1885-1936 (PG 400) and the Thompson Photographs of Hartford, 1903-1906 (PG 430).  The photographs are now available at our Flickr site.

Former Governor Rowland to Recall His Administration’s Response to the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Thursday, September 1, 2011

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NOTE: This event has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A new date for the talk will be provided as soon as it is available.

John G. Rowland will be at the State Library at noon on Thursday, September 15 recalling the events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath as part of the State Library’s commemoration of the tragic events of that day and the Connecticut State Government’s response. Former state legislator and member of the State Library Board, Allen Hoffman, will discuss with Rowland, who was Governor when the attacks occurred, his thoughts when he first received word of the attacks, the actions he took and his remembrances of the days that followed.

The State Library has mounted an exhibit of 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.

John G. Rowland John G. Rowland, the 86th Governor of Connecticut, was 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. After almost 10 years in office, he resigned during a federal investigation, accepted a plea arrangement and served 10 and a half months in a federal prison camp. Today, he is a much sought after inspirational speaker and is extensively involved in community outreach services.

September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds can be viewed in Memorial Hall Monday through Friday 9-4 and Saturdays 9-2 through October. The online exhibit may be viewed anytime at http://www.cslib.org

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut

The September 15th program is free and open to the public. It will take place in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.