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 Circus Fire Project

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library has begun collecting memorabilia, personal recollections, drawings and other reflections of the July 6, 1944 Hartford Circus Fire and its aftermath.

Aerial view of the circus fire devastation, July 6, 1944

All thoughts and memories are welcome; this does not have to be about first-hand, eyewitness accounts. Anyone can speak to how the circus fire tragedy has impacted them personally.  Photocopies of letters, tickets, etc. are acceptable.  Staff can make photocopies of your materials for you if needed.

Scrapbooking materials will be available for visitors to add their stories, memories, drawings and objects related to the circus fire. The scrapbook memory collection will circulate at library branch locations throughout the city and will serve as a community-wide effort to honor and remember this piece of the Hartford story.  The final scrapbook will be assembled by the Hartford History Center for July 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary, and then added to the History Center’s archives.

We welcome contributions to the scrapbook through postal mail, email, or in person (appointments required).  To make an appointment, please call the Hartford History Center at 860.695.6297.

Submissions may be mailed to:
Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford CT 06103


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