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


Hip Hop in Hartford: 1981-1991 (Nov. 3, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2017)

Visit us November 3, 2016 - January 20, 2017 to take a look at our archival exhibition featuring photographs, newspaper articles, footage, and fliers of Hartford's early Hip Hop community.
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The Tools of Learning–Adult Classes to Improve Reading, Writing and Algebra Skills

Free classes for Hartford adults on how to improve your reading, writing and algebra skills!
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Welcome to the Hartford History Center!

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Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash, featuring Glen MacLeod

Join us for the 21st annual Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash on November 5 at 2:00 pm, from the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens and to benefit Hartford Public Library.
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The History of Puerto Rican Citizenship: A Tertulia with Dr. Charles Venator-Santiago

Join us on Wednesday, September 21, 5:30 pm in the Hartford History Center for our next "tertulia", a social gathering with a literary or artistic focus.
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Poets on Poetry Series with the Connecticut Poetry Society: WINTER 2017

The Connecticut Poetry Society continues its popular monthly poetry series this winter! Programming runs on the last Saturday of the month at the Hartford History Center, 3rd floor of the downtown library from 10:15am-12:15pm. Poets on Poetry is free and open to the public. For further information, visit
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Hartford Artisans Weaving Center Exhibit Returns!

August 31—October 31, 2016 ---The HAWC is back with a stunning show of the "plain weave" technique, featured at the Hartford History Center on the 3rd floor at 500 Main Street.
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Wellness, Fitness & Sports: Professional Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund

Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut State Library present an appearance by author and World Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund, in conjunction with this year’s Summer Learning theme of “Wellness, Fitness & Sports!”
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Hartford Embraced: Paintings by Ken Kahn

Opening reception: Thursday, June 9, 6 PM. On display June 9-August 31.
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Marc-Yves Regis I: Headstrong Artwalk Opening Reception Friday June 3, 6:00 p.m.

Regis’ unique style of photojournalism provides viewers a window into a different kind of life, a life of resiliency and tremendous ef­fort that does not equal the minuscule reward.
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Hartford History Center, located on the third floor of the Downtown Hartford Public Library, is open Tuesday through Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and by appointment.