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Library Closed for New Year’s Holiday Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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The Library will be closed on Saturday, December 31 and Monday, January 2 for the New Year’s Holiday.

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October 2011 CONNector Newletter Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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The October 2011 issue of the CONNector Newsletter is now available online at: http://www.cslib.org/connector/11connector10.pdf .  This issue of the Connecticut State Library’s newsletter includes the following topics:

A Stormy Season of Change
This Fall has been particularly stormy – first with Hurricane Irene and then the great snow storm. Libraries across the state were there for anyone …

The Day Jack Johnson Boxed at Camp Hines, Niantic, Connecticut
While I was looking through town folders in our Picture Group 200, Connecticut Cities and Town Collection, 1885-1965, I came across a folder for Niantic, Connecticut and looked inside. I found around fifty black and white snapshots of something called Camp Hines …

Your Legislator Said What?
It is not uncommon for many of us to rely on how the media portrayals of our elected officials.  Many times political coverage is editorialized with very few direct quotes.

The Photography of Lewis Sprague Mills
The church in this photograph no longer exists.  The graves surrounding the church were moved to Barkhamsted Center in 1939 in anticipation of the coming man-made flood.

Recovery of Public Records in Connecticut
In 2004, The Council of State Historical Records Coordinators, The Society of American Archivists, and The National Association of Government Archives & Records Administrators. (NAGARA) issued a “Statement Regarding the Sale of Historical Public Records through Online Auctions”

Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives
On October 28, 2011 the Connecticut State Library hosted an event called the Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives. The purpose of this Forum was to bring together people from academic, public and research libraries, museums, historical societies…

Ancestry.com Digitizing Partnership
There has been a great deal of activity this past year in the small, closet sized room that the camera operator from Ancestry calls home.

Storm Stories
We grew up with our elders telling us just how different today was from ‘their days.”  The day before Tropical Storm Irene struck, I realized just how different today was.

Portraits and Politics: Dissent in Civil War Connecticut at the Connecticut State Library Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY “3rd THURSDAY OF THE MONTH”BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES

Museum of Connecticut History Curator David Corrigan will discuss the controversy that arose during the Civil War over the portraits of two Governors. The talk will be presented on Thursday, December 15, 2011 from Noon to 12:45 in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Corrigan’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.

Former Governors Isaac Touceyand Thomas Seymour were both accused of harboring Southern sympathies in the early days of the Civil War and the removal of their portraits was seen as a fitting humiliation for the two men and also a warning to others who opposed the war. At the time their portraits were hanging in the Old State House. Mr. Corrigan will discuss the events leading up to the debate and the final resolution of the issue. The Toucey and Seymour portraits now hang in Memorial Hall at the State Library along with the portraits of seventy-one former governors. In 1830 the state acquired its first gubernatorial portrait, that of Gov. Oliver Wolcott, by the Litchfield artist Ralph Earle, which originally hung in the State House on the Green in New Haven. Twenty-five years later, the state purchased a group of 22 portraits of Connecticut governors from the Hartford artist George Frederick Wright. The collection was housed in the Hartford State House from 1855 until 1878, when it was moved and installed in the State Library in the new State Capitol. It remained there until 1910 when it was hung in Memorial Hall.

Thursday, December 15,  2011
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker: Mr. Corrigan has been a Curator at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History since 1982. He has written numerous articles and given many presentations about various aspects of the Museum’s extensive collections. Mr. Corrigan is a frequent contributor to and a member of the Editorial Team of Connecticut Explored .