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


In the Public Realm: Hartford Public Library, 125 Years

125 years ago, on May 9, 1893, with a majority vote by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Hartford Library Association became Hartford Public Library. Nurtured by a progressive library board and staff, and sustained by the city it serves, the Library evolved into a dynamic, responsive public institution. This is its story, as chronicled in its annual reports.
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Are you our next ArtWalk artist?

Are YOU our next ArtWalk artist? Submissions are now open through November 1, 2018 for the 2019-20 ArtWalk season!
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Encounters: Fall 2018

SAVE THE DATES for the Fall 2018 Encounters series presented by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and UConn Humanities Institute.
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Learn more about the four upcoming exhibitions for the 2018-19 ArtWalk season!
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Hartford Artisans Weaving Center: BLOCK BY DESIGN

This year, the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center presents BLOCK BY DESIGN. A block is a basic unit of design in weaving. The weaver is able to create beautiful patterns by using blocks of various sizes and textures.
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Greater Hartford’s West Indian Diaspora

Enjoy refreshments, a live presentation by Island Reflections Dance Theatre Company. and a brief talk by exhibition curator, Dr. Fiona Vernal to learn more about Greater Hartford's West Indian history in terms of people, places, and Hartford within the greater context of the diaspora.
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ArtWalk Artist Talk: Adam Viens with Gil Scullion

Join us on the ArtWalk to hear Adam Viens discuss his ArtWalk show, "Linguistics Beheld," with Gil Scullion.
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Adam Viens: Linguistics Beheld

Join us for the ArtWalk Opening Reception for our latest show: ADAM VIENS: LINGUISTICS BEHELD on Friday, May 18, 5:30pm.
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Women’s Gathering & ArtWalk Artist Talk: Marilyn Parkinson Thrall

Please join us on the ArtWalk for our Women's Gathering & ArtWalk Artist talk with Marilyn Parkinson Thrall. Hosted by Amy Barron, HPL Board Member and Cate Grady Benson, HPL Corporator. Light refreshments will be served.
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Draw a Hartford History Maker Exhibition

Enjoy a selection of community-created portraits of African American change-makers in the City of Hartford at the Albany Branch Library selected by Albany Branch staff.
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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 Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and by appointment.