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


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 18

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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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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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month — Please Join Us!

Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
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Images of Hartford, 1865-1955, August 25 – September 30, 2015

Highlights include the origins of the Fuller Brush company on Park Street, the 1885 location of the Aetna Insurance Company on State Street, the Hartford Post Office on the East lawn of the Old State House and the home of poet Lydia Sigourney.
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Shakespeare in Harlem: The Poems and Stories of Langston Hughes

Hartford Public Library presents actor and writer David Mills as Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes
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Remarkable Women of Hartford Author Talk April 8

Connecticut's capital has served as home to some of the most influential women in the state's history, but few know the stories of their lives and their accomplishments.
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March 4th Event Explores Paris Terror Attacks and Modern Issues Facing Fundamental Freedom

The deadly January attack on the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo has heightened passions and concerns around freedom of speech and religious sensitivity throughout the world. A March 4 event will launch a year of special programming
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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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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.