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Holocaust Memorial at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford and plaster model of same sculpture. Elbert Weinberg collection, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library.

  • Collection spotlight: 1767 Almanac

    One of the strengths of the Hartford History Center is our collection of pamphlets. This almanac from 1767 is among the earliest pieces in the collection. While the primary function of an almanac was as a calendar,..Read More..

    Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part IV

    This is the final installment in our special series for American Archives Month. We welcome any further questions you may have. Please email or call us (860.695.6297) anytime. We will respond during our open hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5PM...Read More..

    Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part I

    As you may already know, the Hartford History Center is located on the third floor of the downtown Hartford Library. Our room is in the front of the building, toward the ArtWalk (the Youth and Family Services department is on the opposite end of the ..Read More..

  • Collection Spotlight: City Directories

    One of our favorite sources of information is the Hartford city directory. The History Center holds a complete run, from the 1820s (not published annually at that point) to 1979...Read More..

    Come Explore!

    Come explore the Hartford History Center. This is a great first stop to find out about everything that is offered at the Hartford History Center.

    Collection Spotlight: The Ladies' Scrap-Book

    In the 19th century, Hartford was a major publishing center. Many of the books published during this time are held by the Hartford History Center. They cover a variety of topics, from Homer's The Odyssey, and volumes about the Campaign to Ru..Read More..

  • Collection Spotlight: Photographs

    Many people come to the History Center hoping to get a glimpse of Hartford in years past. We have several photograph collections that can help them do just that. To make it easier for patrons to browse our collections, most of the photographs have be..Read More..

    Remembering the Hartford Circus Fire 70 years later

    Even after 70 years, the tragedy of the Hartford Circus Fire haunts the city still. Having raged through the July 6, 1944, performance of.....Read More..

    Portrait of a Hartford Artist

    For thousands of years, sculptors have sought to capture the human form in its most elemental state.....Read More..