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Blizzard of 1888 Photographs Now Available in Digital Collections, Flickr, and Historypin Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Main St. looking south

The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of the Blizzard of 1888 photographs (PG 448), which is now available in its digital collections, Flickr site, and Historypin channel.  The collection consists of 72 photographs taken of Hartford and its immediate surroundings both during and after the blizzard.  The photographs are almost exclusively albumen prints taken by photographers E.P. Kellogg, R.C. Buell, William B. Lloyd, and William H. Lockwood.  Lockwood compiled 37 photographs into a book entitled, “The Great Snow Storm,” which he donated to the Connecticut State Library in 1916.

April 6-7 Holiday Closing Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th (the state holiday designated for Good Friday/Easter weekend).

Connecticut State Library Offers List Monday, March 26, 2012

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Visit the Connecticut State Library Offers List online.

This link will direct you to lists of materials recently selected for withdrawal from the Connecticut State Library collection. Many of these are extra copies that we do not need. We offer these books, serials and documents as donations to other Connecticut state agencies and institutions to help them meet their research needs.

The History and Genealogy Offers List has recently been updated with many books on Connecticut. Some of these titles are out of print or hard to find. Check it out. These lists change on a regular basis so visit them often!

Before requesting any of these items, please read our Instructions for Requesting Materials from the Connecticut State Library Offers List

Please direct all requests to CSL.CollServ@ct.gov with the subject line “Offers List”. If you have questions or problems viewing or navigating these lists, don’t hesitate to contact me directly (860) 757-6561 or via email : diane.pizzo@ct.gov

Connecticut State Library Channel on Historypin Monday, March 26, 2012

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We are excited to announce that Connecticut State Library is one of the Featured Channels on Historypin!

Historypin, the popular online site that allows users to “pin” their photos to a map and see the image overlaid onto a Google streetview has just rolled out some new features that enable users to personalize, manage and share their content. On the new Connecticut State Library Channel you’ll find a map of our pinned content as well as Tours and Collections we’ve created. You can even add your own stories to any photo and using the Historypin smartphone app you can create Historypin Repeats, modern equivalents of old classics.

So check out the new Connecticut State Library Historypin Channel and browse the map, take a tour of Hartford circa 1906 or add your own stories to enhance what we know about our wonderful state!

PDF files may not open properly in Internet Explorer Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Internet Explorer users may see only a grey screen when trying to open PDF files. This is due to a bug with Adobe Reader version 10.1.2. You should not have this problem with other browsers. This link to the Adobe site, explains the problems and solutions for continuing to work in Internet Explorer. Adobe plans to include a fix in their next quarterly release, presumably in April. This bug affects at least some of the PDF files in the State Library Digital Collections.

State Archives Accessions Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission Records Friday, March 16, 2012

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The State Archives has accessioned records from the Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission. The Commission was created through a compact between the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. State Archives staff coordinated the transfer of these records with staff from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Connecticut River Watershed Council.

The records include meeting minutes, 1953-2001; annual reports, 1956-2010; annual financial statements, 1954-1989; Director/Commissioner correspondence files, 1960s-1970s; general subject files 1950s-1970s; reservoir/dam subject files, 1950s-1970s; and photographs. The State Archives plans to process these records later in 2012.

St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Advisory Thursday, March 8, 2012

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The State Library and Museum of Connecticut History will be open on Saturday, March 10th, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hartford’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will also be held on this day beginning at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine. Parade assembly will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Capitol Avenue between Washington and Broad Streets.

The I-84 Eastbound Capitol Avenue Exit Ramp will be closed from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 10:30 a.m.:

  • Capitol Avenue between Main Street and Broad Street
  • Main Street between Capitol Avenue and Church Street
  • Asylum Street between Main Street and Spruce Street
  • Ford Street to Trinity Street
  • Trinity Street between Ford Street and Capitol Avenue
  • Conlin Whitehead Highway at Columbus Boulevard Exit (Columbus Exit will be open)

Streets will begin to reopen at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Route Map

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

State Library Recipient of the 2011-2012 Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Award Fund! Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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picture On a chilly but sunny afternoon in March, Janet Wallace, Olivia Patch, Nora Galvin, Robert Rafford, Sandra Slifka, and members of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council announced that the History and Genealogy Unit of the Connecticut State Library was chosen as the 2011-2012 recipient of books donated through the Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Award Fund! In a short ceremony, the members presented a copy of the recently published authoritative work “Connecticut Town Meeting Records during the American Revolution, Volumes I and II,” by Jolene Roberts Mullen. Several volumes that were on our ‘wish list’ will also be purchased and donated. Our staff is excited and very pleased by this generous gift and extends a very hearty thank you!