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


Shakespeare in Harlem: The Poems and Stories of Langston Hughes

Hartford Public Library presents actor and writer David Mills as Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes
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Beyond the Podium: Science Conversation Series with the Connecticut Science Center

HPL and the Connecticut Science Center are pleased to introduce a lunchtime conversation series about science.
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Hartford on My Mind: Words and Images from 550 Main – An Arts & Archives Workshop

The second in a series of Arts and Humanities Classes for Older Adults, funded by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, will combine digital photography with poetry.
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Remarkable Women of Hartford Author Talk April 8

Connecticut's capital has served as home to some of the most influential women in the state's history, but few know the stories of their lives and their accomplishments.
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March 4th Event Explores Paris Terror Attacks and Modern Issues Facing Fundamental Freedom

The deadly January attack on the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo has heightened passions and concerns around freedom of speech and religious sensitivity throughout the world. A March 4 event will launch a year of special programming
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Doc Hurley’s Legendary Life Now a Book (video)

Watch as the new book on the life of legendary Hartford coach Walter “Doc” Hurley is celebrated at the Hartford Public Library with and book author Charles A. Teale, Sr., the former chief of the Hartford Fire Department.
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CT Fiber Art Collective Honors Romare Bearden (video)

CtFAC has created a collection of works in textiles, fiber, mixed media and surface design celebrating and recognizing one of the greatest visual artists of the 20th century
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Search Our Digital Repository

Explore the digital collections of Hartford Public Library! Today, the Hartford Collection, housed in the library’s downtown Hartford History Center, is a growing multi-media compilation of hundreds of thousands of items that convey more than 300 years of community life in Hartford. Now, through the library’s digital repository, we are able to enjoy some of the wonderful image collections online.
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World War I Images on Display in the Hartford History Center

The papers of Dr. Jerome Pierce Webster (Trinity College Class of 1910) present a unique perspective on the organization and operation of prisoner of war camps in Germany during the Great War. As a special assistant to the American Ambassador in Berlin from March 1916 through March 1917, Dr. Webster inspected over forty camps and medical facilities across the empire.
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A Unique Homage to Romare Bearden

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CtFAC) presents a special exhibit that pays homage to the stylistic works of Bearden
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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.