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Contract for emergency response for records and collections Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Three companies specializing in recovery services for books and records affected by a disaster, such as a fire, flood, or mold outbreak, are now on contract with the State of Connecticut. State agencies, municipalities, other political sub-divisions, and not-for-profit organizations are authorized to use Contract 11PSX0299 Emergency Response and Recovery for Records and Collections. See the contract cover sheet and PDF. See also the list of other State Contracts Related to Emergency Response.


Aerial Photographs Collection now fully functional Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Detail of 1934 Aerial Survey photograph 04880 showing the Thunderbolt roller coaster

The Aerial Photographs of Connecticut digital collection is now fully functional. We apologize for the inconvenience when the upgrade to the software for the Connecticut State Library Digital Collections disrupted the aerial survey map interface.

The familiar maps are working again and now you can enjoy the new picture viewer with the ability to enlarge the picture to fill the browser window, and new buttons to download a JPG version or print the picture.

Freedom Trail Quilts now in Flickr Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum of Connecticut History’s Freedom Trail Quilts are now on Flickr! This collection of Freedom Trail Quilts shows the individual blocks–many of which commemorate Underground Railroad sites in Connecticut, as well as the entire quilt block from each of the four regions of Connecticut.

In 1995, the Connecticut General Assembly authorized the designation of some forty public and private historic properties to form a network which would convey the dramatic and important story of Connecticut’s African-American experience – the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Included are historic properties which have been deemed worthy for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, National Register of Historic Landmarks and the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places. Among the gravesites, monuments, homes and other structures included are sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the Amistad Case, and such notable persons as Paul Robeson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Prudence Crandall.

In 1997, a grass roots citizens group of interested volunteers from every corner of the State came together to form the Freedom Trail Planning Committee. They dedicated their time and efforts to creating a lasting tribute to the Connecticut Freedom Trail through one of the most traditional of American art forms – quilting. Four quilts, representing each region of Connecticut, were completed in 1998.

Teaching Diverse Audiences How to Love and Find History Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Sandra Taitt-Eaddy will relate her adventures with searching for the history of an ancestor and how that search transformed her. Much of her research has been in the Caribbean with a heavy Barbados focus. Because of her talents for communication and love of the past, Sandra has become quite the historian, as you will see from her entertaining and informative presentation.



Thursday,  February 16,  2012
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker:
Sandra Taitt-Eaddy is a Connecticut licensed educator living in Connecticut.  She has a B.A. Communications from Central Connecticut State University and will soon complete an M.A. in Public History.

About the State Library:
The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library

The State Library’s BrownBag Lunchtime Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.                               

Washington’s Birthday Closing Thursday, February 9, 2012

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, February 18th & Monday, February 20th, 2012 for Washington’s Birthday.

Lincoln’s Birthday Closing Thursday, February 2, 2012

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, February 11th & Monday, February 13th, 2012 for Lincoln’s Birthday.

Disruption to Legislative History Index Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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The update to the State Library Digital Collections software has disrupted the links in the index to the Guide to Connecticut Legislative History Index. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call the Law and Legislation Reference desk for assistance, 860-757-6590.