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


Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years—Author Talk with Franz Douskey — December 10, 2015—6:00 PM

In recognition of the 100th birthday of the 'Chairman of the Board', Connecticut writer Franz Douskey recounts the decades-long relationship of Tony Consiglio, founder of Sally’s Pizza in New Haven, and Frank Sinatra.
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Beyond the Podium Science Conversation Series – December 7, 2015 at noon

“Pay Attention: Growing Up with a Diagnosis of ADHD and other Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders.” is the topic of the conversation with r. Jessica Lennington.
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Ready for Freedom? Life after Prison in Connecticut — November 18, 2015, 6 p.m.

Hartford Public Library presents “Ready for Freedom? Life after Prison in Connecticut”, an exploration of the challenges that incarcerated individuals face upon their release from prison and the resources available to prepare them for life “on the outside”.
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Hartford History Center Will Be Closed on Friday Nov. 6, 2015 for Staff Day

We apologize for the inconvenience. Hartford Public Library and Hartford History Center will be closed to the public on Friday, November 6, 2015. Please visit us another day. We will reopen at 1 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at our regularly scheduled time.
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Voodoo Marasa (Roots and Spirits) Exhibit by Haitain Artist Pierre Sylvain – October 30 to December 8

Please join us for the opening reception of the new exhibit Voodoo Marasa (Roots and Spirits) by Haitian artist Pierre Sylvain, on Friday, October 30 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Hartford Heroes: John B. Stewart, Jr. Talks about His Book, “Hard Climb Up the Ladder”

In July 2015, John B. Stewart Jr. was at the Hartford Public Library discussing his memoir. View a video of his conversation with Stan Simpson.
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Venture Smith Exhibit at Hartford History Center — October 24, 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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