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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



Blizzard of 1888 Photographs Now Available in Digital Collections, Flickr, and Historypin Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Main St. looking south

The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of the Blizzard of 1888 photographs (PG 448), which is now available in its digital collections, Flickr site, and Historypin channel.  The collection consists of 72 photographs taken of Hartford and its immediate surroundings both during and after the blizzard.  The photographs are almost exclusively albumen prints taken by photographers E.P. Kellogg, R.C. Buell, William B. Lloyd, and William H. Lockwood.  Lockwood compiled 37 photographs into a book entitled, “The Great Snow Storm,” which he donated to the Connecticut State Library in 1916.

Connecticut State Library now on Historypin Thursday, October 27, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library is excited to announce that we have added our first set of images to Historypin. Historypin is a site that allows users to explore the past in a whole new way. Historic photos are pinned to a map and layered on Google street-views allowing users to see that pinned location in both the present and the past. Nick Stanhope, CEO of the British non-profit, We Are What We Do, will be speaking at the Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives here at the State Library on October 28, 2011 and was featured in an NPR All Things Considered episode this weekend.

The State Library, with the generous help of Historypin staff, have added a collection of WPA Architectural Survey photos from Cheshire as a pilot. We plan to add the remainder of the WPA Architectural Survey collection and will be adding the Thompson Photographs of Hartford, 1903-1906 (PG 430). The Thompson Photographs of Hartford collection are street scenes of central Hartford taken between 1903 and 1906 and really highlight the changes that have taken place in Hartford over the last 100 years.

So please check out our Historypin collection and have fun!