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


Venture Smith Exhibit at Hartford History Center — October 15, 2015 — January 15, 2016

Hartford History Center, in partnership with the Documenting Venture Smith Project, is proud to present Making Freedom—The Life of Venture Smith: In His Own Voice, an exhibit that tells the story of a unique American, originally an African prince who was enslaved in the 18th century by New England traders, labored in bondage for 25 years, purchased his own freedom, wrote a narrative of his life and became a respected businessman in Connecticut.
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Fighting for Latino Rights with The Young Lords: A Conversation with Mickey Melendez — October 24

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Young Lords were active in several cities in the United States, most notably in Chicago and New York and were unified around Puerto Rican self-determination and neighborhood empowerment, raising awareness of issues that affected their communities. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Hartford Public Library presents Mickey Melendez, former Young Lords Party member
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Richard Brunton—Not Just a Connecticut Artist—Lecture with Deborah M. Child

Author Deborah M. Child follows in the footsteps of Richard Brunton, a British grenadier who fought in the American Revolution before deserting in 1779. Despite his many talents, he was never able to make an honest living from his craft and spent time in Connecticut’s infamous Old NewGate Prison for counterfeiting and forgery.
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“Beyond the Podium” Science Conversation Series Returns October 5 – DNA Sequencing: Implications for Society and Medicine

“Beyond the Podium” Science Conversation Series Returns October 5 at noon with a conversation about DNA sequencing and its implications for society and medicine. Bring your lunch!
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month — Please Join Us!

Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
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Images of Hartford, 1865-1955, August 25 – September 30, 2015

Highlights include the origins of the Fuller Brush company on Park Street, the 1885 location of the Aetna Insurance Company on State Street, the Hartford Post Office on the East lawn of the Old State House and the home of poet Lydia Sigourney.
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Susan Campbell Speaks at Adult Summer Learning Grand Finale — Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — 5 – 7 p.m.

Our Grand Finale speaker, award-winning author Susan Campbell, will inspire us to free our inner voice through writing. Light Reception begins at 5:00 pm; lecture at 5:30 pm.
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Opposite Sides of the World – Connecticut to Singapore: Paintings by Janette Maxey

This exhibition is compares and contrasts people, places, and everyday objects in Singapore and Connecticut. This series of gouache paintings tells a story of these two places.
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Beyond the Podium — A lunchtime conversation series, August 3, 2015, noon, Hartford History Center

The next in the series of lunchtime conversations will explore "Social Media's Complex Role in Our Lives." We will consider how we use social media and how it uses us.
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Video of “Does History Matter” Program

On May 20, 2015, the Hartford Public Library hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with the Connecticut Forum on the topic "Does History Matter."
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