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Final Twenty-two Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Friday, July 27, 2012

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The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce the completion of the WPA Architectural Survey digitization project. We have just added the final twenty-two towns to our online collection of historic homes and buildings. The newly added towns are Wallingford, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Westbrook, West Hartford, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wolcott, Woodbridge, Woodbury, and Woodstock.

John Barker house, Wallingford

John Barker house, Wallingford

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.


Digital Humanities video chat Thursday, July 19, 2012

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On August 13, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, we will be hosting the second digital chat focusing on Digital Humanities in the State of Connecticut (see our first digital chat here). We will be using Google+ Hangouts which will allow up to ten participants to join in a live video conference discussion.

Joining me in this discussion will be:

Michael Howser – University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC)

Greg Colati – Director, University Archives & Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut

Tom Scheinfeldt – Managing Director, The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

Clarissa Ceglio – Research Associate, The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Content Manager, ConnecticutHistory.org

Brenda Miller – Curator, Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library

Kathy Foulke – Project Director, Connecticut History Online

Trevor Owens – Digital Archivist, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress

If you would like to participate:

  • Leave a comment about what you would like to discuss and what institution or organization you are affiliated with.
  • Next you’ll need to register for a free Google+ account and click on my Google+ profile to add me to your circles. G+ will notify me which will then allow me to invite you to the Hangout. On the day of the Chat, all you’ll need to do is log in to your G+ account and look for the invite.
  • If you would prefer to watch, the discussion will be broadcast live through a public YouTube feed. Jack Dougherty (Trinity College) posted a great “how to” you can find find on his blog, On The Line.

Preliminary topics:

Collaborative projects

Using geospatial tools to teach and present history in new ways

Using Google Refine to clean your metadata

Links from todays chat

Viewshare – http://viewshare.org/

Connecticut History – http://connecticuthistory.org/

Connecticut Archives Online – http://library.wcsu.edu/cao/

State Archives Receives Irving J. Stolberg Papers Thursday, July 5, 2012

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The State Archives received a donation of Irving J. Stolberg Papers, circa 1968-1994.  Stolberg (1936-2009), a Democrat, served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1970 to 1992 representing New Haven’s 93rd District.  He served as Speaker of the House from 1983-1984 and 1987-1988.  The Papers includes correspondence, legislative material, campaign material, press releases, news clippings, pamphlets, and memorabilia totaling approximately 35 cubic feet.  The State Archives holds an additional 3 cubic feet of Stolberg’s legislative files, 1987-1992.  The gift came to the Connecticut State Library from Stolberg’s son, Robert Stolberg.

Day Trips with Kids: Fun, Free and Family-Friendly Monday, July 2, 2012

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Spend some time exploring the seat of state government through tours of Connecticut’s Supreme CourtState CapitolMuseum of Connecticut History and Connecticut’s Old State House.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012

(recommended for children 8 and up and parents too! )

Activities include:

  • Connecticut Invents! Discover many famous and not so famous Connecticut inventors and inventions during this hands-on activity, which uses objects and photographs from the museum’s collection of Connecticut industrial history.
  • visit the State Capitol’s Hall of Flags, which displays flags Connecticut soldiers have carried into battle, and also learn about the legislative process.
  •  learn about the historic Connecticut Supreme Court courtroom by visiting the room where Connecticut’s most important legal ruling have occurred.
  • visit Connecticut’s Old State House, where Connecticut’s democracy was born and learn who made it happen. Additionally, the museum has exciting exhibits chronicling Connecticut’s rich history.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the Legislative Office Building’s cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Parking for the State Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Museum of Connecticut History is available in the Legislative Office Building garage located off of Armory Road.
Connecticut’s Old State House is a short walk through Bushnell Park. They also offer validated parking for $5.00 at the Constitution Plaza South parking garage.


Tours of the Legislative Office Building & State Capitol
(approximately one hour in duration, tours start at the LOB)
210 Capitol Ave., Hartford
10:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m.

Connecticut Invents! Museum of Connecticut History
(approximately 30 minutes)
231 Capitol Ave, Hartford
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m.

Visits to the Supreme Court courtroom
(approximately 45 minutes in duration)
231 Capitol Ave., Hartford
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m.

Tours of Connecticut’s Old State House
(approximately one hour in duration)
800 Main Street, Hartford

For more information, visit the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch http://www.jud.ct.gov