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Connecticut State Library now on Historypin Thursday, October 27, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library is excited to announce that we have added our first set of images to Historypin. Historypin is a site that allows users to explore the past in a whole new way. Historic photos are pinned to a map and layered on Google street-views allowing users to see that pinned location in both the present and the past. Nick Stanhope, CEO of the British non-profit, We Are What We Do, will be speaking at the Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives here at the State Library on October 28, 2011 and was featured in an NPR All Things Considered episode this weekend.

The State Library, with the generous help of Historypin staff, have added a collection of WPA Architectural Survey photos from Cheshire as a pilot. We plan to add the remainder of the WPA Architectural Survey collection and will be adding the Thompson Photographs of Hartford, 1903-1906 (PG 430). The Thompson Photographs of Hartford collection are street scenes of central Hartford taken between 1903 and 1906 and really highlight the changes that have taken place in Hartford over the last 100 years.

So please check out our Historypin collection and have fun!


October 15th Closed Day Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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The State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History will be closed on Saturday, October 15th due to the running of the Hartford Marathon. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 18th.

Hartford’s Old Burying Grounds Topic of Program at the Connecticut State Library Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Ruth Shapleigh Brown, Founder and Executive Director of Connecticut Gravestone Network and a member of the Connecticut State Library staff, will present a thought provoking discussion filled with surprising tales and mysteries about the 3 earliest burying grounds of Hartford, Thursday, October 20, 2011 from Noon to 12:45 at the Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.   Shapleigh Brown’s illustrated talk will explain the beginnings of these three historic cemeteries mentioning some important local colonial residents and stone-carvers. She will also answer some common questions including: Do you know where Hartford’s second oldest burying place is? (Ruth will also share some photos of archeology projects involving two of those cemeteries!) Where is the first Mayor of Hartford interred? What about the ethical questions of what to do about those non-earth burials in crumbling crypts?  Are there bones left to worry about?  How about the unmarked graves?

Ruth Shapleigh Brown has been Founder and Executive Director of Connecticut Gravestone Network since 1993 and since worked in concert with the State Archeologist when possible to research and resolve many of the cases he comes up against involving Old Burying Grounds. There is no agency or commission in Connecticut that protects these historic grounds and many laws are difficult or impossible to enforce. Ruth has over the years received many awards for her advocacy and work including those from the State of Connecticut General Assembly and the Commission on Culture and Tourism’s Distinguished Advocates Award.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

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

October is Connecticut Archives Month Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board has led the initiative on Connecticut Archives Month since 2005.  Connecticut Archives Month is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the value of Connecticut’s historical records, archives and archivists.  Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation recognizing October 2011 as Connecticut Archives Month. 

In 2005, several states decided to celebrate the American record with an archives month.  The Society of American Archivists (SAA) has taken the leadership in assisting the states to make American Archives Month a truly national celebration.  For more information and resources about American Archives Month visit the SAA American Archives Month 2011 website.

This year the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board is again providing an opportunity for Connecticut’s archival repositories to share information about their activities in October.  Organizations can send press releases or other information about ways in which they will be raising awareness of the public and resource allocators during this October.  The information received by organizations will be posted to the State Library’s News from CSL blog.

Send announcements to the State Archivist Mark Jones at Mark.H.Jones@ct.gov.

State Library Closed Staturday, October 15th Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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The State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History will be closed on Saturday, October 15th due to the running of the Hartford Marathon. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 18th.