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

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Doc Hurley’s Legendary Life Now a Book (video)

Watch as the new book on the life of legendary Hartford coach Walter “Doc” Hurley is celebrated at the Hartford Public Library with and book author Charles A. Teale, Sr., the former chief of the Hartford Fire Department.
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Search Our Digital Repository

Explore the digital collections of Hartford Public Library! Today, the Hartford Collection, housed in the library’s downtown Hartford History Center, is a growing multi-media compilation of hundreds of thousands of items that convey more than 300 years of community life in Hartford. Now, through the library’s digital repository, we are able to enjoy some of the wonderful image collections online.
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World War I Images on Display in the Hartford History Center

The papers of Dr. Jerome Pierce Webster (Trinity College Class of 1910) present a unique perspective on the organization and operation of prisoner of war camps in Germany during the Great War. As a special assistant to the American Ambassador in Berlin from March 1916 through March 1917, Dr. Webster inspected over forty camps and medical facilities across the empire.
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Doc Hurley’s Legendary Life Now a Book

A new book on the life of legendary Hartford coach Walter “Doc” Hurley will be celebrated at the Hartford History Center at 5:30 p.m. on February 18 with a special reception honoring book author Charles A. Teale, Sr., the former chief of the Hartford Fire Department.
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The Logbooks Book Launch at HPL Oct. 9

Independent historian and writer Anne Farrow will launch her new book The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory with a party and a reading at the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library on Thursday, October 9.
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Hartford History Center Receives National Leadership Grant

The Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) announced Thursday that Hartford Public Library (HPL) is the recipient of its National Leadership Grant for Libraries. Selected from over 200 applicants, HPL is one of only 6 public libraries across the country to receive the award totaling $37,147
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Collection Spotlight: Photographs

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.
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Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part IV

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.
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Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part III

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.
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Visiting the Hartford History Center, Part I

As you may already know, the Hartford History Center is located on the third floor of the downtown Hartford Library. Our room is in the front of the building, toward the ArtWalk (the Youth and Family Services department is on the opposite end of the floor).
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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.

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