Portrait of a Hartford Artist
Jul 29, 2014
For thousands of years, sculptors have sought to capture the human form in its most elemental state...
Collection Spotlight: Photographs
Dec 12, 2013
Many people come to the History Center hoping to get a glimpse of Hartford in years past. We have several photograph collections that can help them do just that. To make it easier for patrons to browse our collections, most of the photographs have been photocopied.
Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part IV
Dec 12, 2013
This is the final installment in our special series for American Archives Month. We welcome any further questions you may have. Please email or call us (860.695.6297) anytime. We will respond during our open hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5PM.
Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part III
Oct 24, 2013
Everyone is welcome to research in the History Center, regardless of whether you have a clearly defined topic when you first visit. Many times, if you tell us about your interests, we can point you to a collection likely to spark some ideas. Another way to formulate your ideas is to browse our subject files. Housed in the black file cabinets to the side of the entry door, the subject files have information on a variety of Hartford people, places, and ideas. Most of the information will be secondary sources, such as magazine articles about the topic.
Gearing up for Women’s History Month: Gwen Reed
Feb 28, 2013
As we trade our Valentine's red for St. Patrick's green, we also move from Black History Month to Women's History Month. Warm up to the subject with Hartford's beloved Gwen Reed...
“A Survey of the City of Hartford, 1790″
Nov 05, 2012
"A Survey of the City of Hartford," manuscript drawn by Solomon Porter, 1790. 54 ½ inches by 41 inches. Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library.
Sep 06, 2012
In a season of flowers, the “Sweet Singer of Hartford” floats over the Hartford History Center and reminds us that Lydia Huntley Sigourney, who loved flowers and once compared her daughter to a “thornless rose,” is still worthy of study and attention. Born the daughter of a gardener in Norwich, Lydia Sigourney became a gifted educator and America’s best-selling poet during the first half of the 19th century, and by speaking directly to the hearts of antebellum American women, she became one of the nation’s first women to earn a living from her writing.
Cap and Gown for an Innovator
Jun 20, 2012
In 1882, Caroline M. Hewins had been a librarian in Hartford for only six years when, through a fledgling group called the American Library Association, she sent a questionnaire to twenty-five libraries around the country and asked: “What are you doing to encourage a love of reading in boys and girls?” A devoted reader since early childhood, Bostonian Hewins came to Hartford in 1876 to serve as the librarian of the Young Men’s Institute library, a precursor to what became the Hartford Public Library, and then housed at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Miss Hewins stayed with the library for the next fifty years, and oversaw its transformation from a lending library that charged fees into the free Hartford Public Library, complete with resources for children.
Women’s History Month – March 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Ella G. Brown attended Hartford Public Schools, studied Education and Sociology at Virginia State University and, two decades later, received a master’s degree from the University of Hartford. In 1943, she became Connecticut’s first African American policewoman when she joined the Hartford Police Department.
Women’s History Month
Mar 24, 2010
Gwen Reed came to Hartford as the daughter of a migrant farm worker and grew up to become a beloved actress, storyteller and teacher. In June 1937, Reed debuted on stage in a small role as “1st lady” in “Trilogy in Black,” a production of the Connecticut Federal Theatre Project’s Negro Unit. She went on to act in “The Emperor Jones,” “The World We Live In,” “Mississippi Rainbow,” and “One Third of a Nation,” becoming a Federal Theatre favorite.