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Holiday Closing – Saturday, May 26 & Monday, May 28 Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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All State Library facilities will be closed Saturday, May 26 & Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day holiday.


Thirty-nine New Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Monday, May 21, 2012

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The Connecticut State Library has just added twenty-one new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey. The newly added towns are Plainfield, Plainville, Plymouth, Pomfret, Portland, Preston, Prospect, Putnam, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salem, Salisbury, Scotland, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Sprague, Stafford, Stamford, Sterling, Stonington, Stratford, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Trumbull, Union, Vernon, and Voluntown.

Gurdon Marchant house, Redding

Gurdon Marchant house, Redding

Digitized materials include survey forms and photos from the Census of Old Buildings in Connecticut. Also known as “The WPA House Survey”, the project took place from 1934 through 1937 under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The survey forms provide descriptions of nearly 5,000 buildings. Photographs were taken of most buildings and clipped to the survey forms. Some forms also include sketches of interior and/or exterior architectural details and a brief history of the building.

Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England Friday, May 11, 2012

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Book  Briann G. Greenfield, will discuss her book “Out of the Attic” at the State Library, Thursday, May 17, starting at noon in Memorial Hall.  Greenfield, an Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Public History Program at Central Connecticut State University, will trace the transformation of antiques from family keepsakes to valuable artistic objects. She uses case studies to examine the role of collectors, dealers, and museums in the construction of a new tradition based on the aesthetic qualities of early American furnishings.

For Greenfield, antiquing, particularly the practice of valuing old things for their aesthetic qualities is a relatively recent invention whose origins can be found in the early years of the twentieth century. She will talk about how the antiques business has developed and changed.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
12:00 p.m.  – 12: 45 p.m.
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

Greenfield’s talk will be presented in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford as part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series.  This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.

“Iron Nutmegs”: Connecticut Soldiers and Veterans of the Civil War Exhibit Now Open Thursday, May 3, 2012

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“Iron Nutmegs”: Connecticut Soldiers and Veterans of the Civil War Exhibit opened this month in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.  The exhibit documents Connecticut’s role during and after the Civil War.  Included in the exhibit are photographs, pamphlets, medals, ribbons, diaries, journals,  and correspondence.  For more information see our exhibit flyer  “Iron Nutmegs”: Connecticut Soldiers and Veterans of the Civil War (pdf).

The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00; and Saturday 9:00 to 2:00 through August.  All exhibits are free and open to the public. 

Governor William A. Buckingham & staff, 1864
Inscription on back: “Front row – left to right: 1. Gen. Fitch – Col. Wm – paymaster-general, New Haven. 2. Gen Morse – Horace J – adjtant-general, N.Y. 3. Gov. Buckingham 4. Gen. Aiken – Brig. Gen. Wm A. – quarter-master, Norwich 5. Col. Osgood – Lieut. Col. (Henry K.) Hugh H – aide-de-camp, Norwich. Back Row: 6. Col Bond – Lieut. Col. Henry R. – aide-de-camp, New London. (Col. Child) (?) 7. Lieut. Col. Israel Matson, aide-de-camp, Old Lyme (Col. Matson) 8. Col. John H. Almy, ass’t quartermaster-general, N.Y. 9. Lieut. Col. Calvin G. Child, aide-de-camp, Norwich. 10. Col. Morris P. Gates, ass’t adjutant-general, Norwich