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

Posted by kabery in CSLmade, history, Museum, updates.
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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.

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