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Flowery Verses from a Tough Cookie In a season of flowers, the “Sweet Singer of Hartford” floats over the Hartford History Center and reminds us that Lydia Huntley Sigourney, who loved flowers and once compared her daughter to a “thornless rose,” is still worthy of study and attention. Born the …

Cap and Gown for an Innovator

Caroline M. Hewins In 1882, Caroline M. Hewins had been a librarian in Hartford for only six years when, through a fledgling group called the American Library Association, she sent a questionnaire to twenty-five libraries around the country and asked: “What are you doing to encourage a love of reading …

Women’s History Month – March 2011

Ella G. Brown attended Hartford Public Schools, studied Education and Sociology at Virginia State University and, two decades later, received a master’s degree from the University of Hartford. In 1943, she became Connecticut’s first African American policewoman when she joined the Hartford Police Department. Throughout the course of her twenty-six …

Women’s History Month

Hartford Spotlight on Gwen Reed (1912-1974) Gwen Reed came to Hartford as the daughter of a migrant farm worker and grew up …

Women’s History Month

Hartford Spotlight on Ann Uccello  Ann Uccello was the first woman to be mayor of Hartford and the first woman to be elected …

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Women’s History Month SPOTLIGHT – Singer Marian Anderson American Contralto In 1939, Marian Anderson was barred from singing in Washington, D.C.’s Constitutional …

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Women’s History Month Women, even when recognized in their own times, are often not included in the history books. National Women’s History Month …