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


The Circus Fire Remembrance (Video)

On Tuesday, July 8, the Hartford History Center remembered the survivors and victims of the tragic circus fire of 1944
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Geer’s – Exploring Hartford

Known affectionately and simply as “Geer’s,” Geer’s Hartford City Directories were published annually for nearly 140 years
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Those Missing Faces

In April 2012, the Hartford Public Library put on permanent display “The Early History of Hartford” by the renowned painter and Pulitzer Prize winner Rudolph Zallinger in its The American Place (located on the Main Floor)
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Portrait of a Hartford Artist

Hartford Public Library is now home to four Elbert Weinberg original sculptures - and by no mere coincidence.
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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...
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Hartford Circus Fire Project

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library has begun collecting memorabilia, personal recollections, drawings and other reflections of the July 6, 1944 Hartford Circus Fire and its aftermath.
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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 been photocopied.
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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.
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Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part III

Everyone is welcome to research in the History Center, regardless of whether you have a clearly defined topic when you first visit. Many times, if you tell us about your interests, we can point you to a collection likely to spark some ideas. Another way to formulate your ideas is to browse our subject files. Housed in the black file cabinets to the side of the entry door, the subject files have information on a variety of Hartford people, places, and ideas. Most of the information will be secondary sources, such as magazine articles about the topic.
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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.
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Hours and Locations

Hartford History Center, located on the third floor of the Downtown Hartford Public Library, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and by appointment.