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Holiday Closings – Tuesday, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 2013 Thursday, December 20, 2012

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 & Tuesday, January 1, 2013 for the Christmas & New Year’s Day holidays.


Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 Papers Now Available in Digital Collections Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Attention deserters from the 25th Regiment U.S. Infantry

Attention deserters from the 25th Regiment U.S. Infantry

The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of the Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 papers, which is now available in its digital collections.  During the War of 1812, Chauncey Hosford (1784-1855) enlisted as a first lieutenant in Capt. Elizur Warner’s Company of the United States Infantry Thirty-seventh Regiment on April 30, 1813.  His prior military service included a commission as ensign in the Third Company of the Fourteenth Regiment of Connecticut Militia as of April 28, 1810.  The Thirty-seventh Regiment was stationed at Fort Griswold in New London.

Hosford was assigned to the recruiting service and spent much of the time in his home town of Canaan in Litchfield County recruiting men from the area.  Most of this collection of 101 items reflects his recruiting activities. Included is correspondence, orders, weekly recruiting returns that list the names and towns of recruits, and receipts for recruiting expenses.  Also included is a muster roll for Capt. Elizur Warner’s Company.

The Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 Papers was donated to the Connecticut State Library by David A. Gibbs and researched by Rosemary Pereira in 2012 and is part of the David Arthur Gibbs Collection of Hosford and Gibbs Family Papers.

Connecticut Made Holiday Gift Ideas…circa 1895-1955 Monday, December 10, 2012

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"I'm taking no chances with his Christmas gift!"Need some ideas for Holiday Gifts this year? Try the Museum of Connecticut History’s guide to gifts manufactured right here in Connecticut! From American Flyer Trains to Royal Portable Typewriter, there’s a gift for everyone on your list.

The catch – the gifts featured in this advertisement collection might be hard to find – the advertisements date from 1895 to 1956. They hark back to an era in which gift-giving was more gender-specific and in which men were led to believe that women truly wanted and appreciated the gift of an electrical appliance.

Did you ever give or receive any of these gifts? Tell us your stories of your own “Made in Connecticut” Christmas!