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Connecticut Eats: A Second Helping – The Pop History of Connecticut Friday, June 8, 2012

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

 Patrick Smith, Curator of Education at the Museum of Connecticut History will present a program titled “The Pop History of Connecticut” at the State Library, Thursday, June 21, starting at noon in Memorial Hall.  We all know “Have a Coke and a Smile” but in Connecticut you might also hear “Always Ask for Avery’s”.  At one time there were nearly 40 independent soft drink businesses in Connecticut. Today just four survive. “A Pop History of Connecticut” will take a look at the boom and bust of soda making in Connecticut from its rise during the days of prohibition, to the takeover of the “Big 2” and delightfully to the taste buds, the present revival of locally made  sodas.  Last June, Smith entertained the Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime audience with a program on Connecticut foods. He has billed this year’s program as “Connecticut Eats: A Second Helping.” Following the talk,  a buffet of sodas unique to Connecticut will be available for sampling.  So bring your thirst for history to the “Pop History of Connecticut”!

Thursday, June 21, 2012
12:00 p.m.  – 12: 45 p.m.
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker: Patrick Smith is Curator of Education at the Museum of Connecticut History at the Connecticut State Library. As part of his job Patrick develops and presents outreach education programs to learners of all ages across the state.  He also writes the popular blog Connecticut Invents  which chronicles the famous and not so famous inventions and inventors from Connecticut.  A historical foodie, Patrick enjoys “researching” Connecticut food, facts and myths all in the name of history.

Smith’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.

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