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“Follow the Blue Blazes”: Connecticut’s Hiking Trail System Exhibit Now Open Friday, May 31, 2013

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“Follow the Blue Blazes”: Connecticut’s Hiking Trail System exhibit opened this month in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.  The exhibit documents the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s role in creating, maintaining, and making hiking trails accessible to the general public through programs like Connecticut Trails Day.  Included in the exhibit are maps, trail folders, patches, trail signs, booklets, and photographs.

The Connecticut Forestry Association, later named the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, was founded by a group of concerned citizens who met at the Weatogue home of Reverend Horace Winslow on December 30, 1895.  The association’s leadership voted on October 5, 1929 to establish a Trails Committee to administer the trails system.  Today, the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System is approximately 825 miles of trails maintained by hundreds of volunteers working in cooperation with many public and private landowners.  All of the items in the exhibit are part of RG 169:007, Connecticut Forest and Park Association records which were donated by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association to the Connecticut State Library on December 17, 2012.

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.


Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Connecticut State Library is proudHurricne Sany: Record, Remember, Rebuild to announce our participation is the newest Historypin project, Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild. Together with Google, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Association of State and Local History, the project is a shared online collection of local history as captured by individuals and cultural heritage institutions alike. Connecticut State Library has pinned our oblique aerial photos showing the damage from the Hurricane of 1938. These images give a great sense of what the shoreline and river communities looked like almost 75 years before Sandy.

You can read more about the project on the Historypin blog. If you want to get involved you can share your own stories, find out how to set up a school or community event, or add an institutional collection to the Hurricane Sandy project.

To see the rest of Connecticut State Library’s content visit our Historypin Channel. If you have questions about our Historypin channel or content please contact Christine Pittsley at christine.pittsley@ct.gov


Memorial Day Closing: May 25-27 Monday, May 20, 2013

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, May 25th and Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day holiday. 

April 2013 CONNector Newletter Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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The April 2013 issue of the CONNector Newsletter is now available in pdf format at:  http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/sites/default/files/13aprildraftfinal2.pdf

This latest issue of the Connecticut State Library’s newsletter includes the following:

  • Surprises at the State Library by Ken Wiggin
  • After Thirty Years: Visual Surprises from the State Archives by Mark Jones
  • Publication of Volume XX, The Public Records of the State of CT, 1819-1820 by Douglas Arnold
  • Cryptographic Curiosity from the Connecticut State Library by Bonnie Linck
  • Across the Cataloger’s Desk by Bill Anderson
  • 10 Myths about CT Public Libraries by Tom Newman
  • Gems by Jenny Groome
  • Adoption of the Regulation concerning Real Property Electronic Recording by LeAnn R. Power
  • Third Thursdays at the Connecticut State Library

Ella Grasso: Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor – Third Thursday Talk at the Connecticut State Library Friday, May 10, 2013

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image Professor Jon Purmont will discuss his new book Ella Grasso: Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor at the Connecticut State Library on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from Noon to 12:45. Purmont, who served as Grasso’s executive assistant when she was governor, draws on his diary from that time, research in Grasso’s archives, and interviews with Grasso’s family and friends, to give us a rich and intimate portrait of this political pioneer. When Grasso ran for governor of Connecticut in 1974, she had not lost an election since she was first voted into the state’s General Assembly in 1952. She was the nation’s first woman to be elected governor in her own right capping a long and successful career dedicated to public service, effective government, and the democratic process. During her tenure as governor, Grasso’s leadership was tested in the face of fiscal problems, state layoffs, and budget shortfalls. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she endeared herself to her constituents during the great Blizzard of 1978, when she stayed at the State Armory around the clock to direct emergency operations and make frequent television appearances.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

Purmont’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

About the Speaker: Jon E. Purmont is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. He received a B.S. degree from Georgetown University, a Masters Degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Doctorate in the Teaching of History from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1979, he became Executive Assistant to Governor Ella Grasso and also served on the staff of Governor William O’Neill. In 1992, he joined the History Faculty at Southern Connecticut State University and taught courses in Connecticut History, Colonial U.S. History, and served as the Department Coordinator of the Teacher Certification program. He retired from the University in 2009. Wesleyan University published his recent biography of Ella Grasso entitled Ella Grasso Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.