9781467137348Author Talk & Book Signing with Steve Thornton

Thursday, November 9, 6pm
Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library, 3rd Floor
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Join author, activist, and director of The Shoeleather History Project on stories from Hartford’s past,¬†Stephen Thornton, in a discussion of his recently released book, Wicked Hartford. Signed books will be available for purchase.

About the book: One of the oldest cities in America, Hartford holds plenty of sinful stories. Famed inventor and industrialist Samuel Colt sold arms to both the North and South in the buildup to the Civil War. The notorious Seyms Street jail was the subject of national criticism and scandal for its deplorable conditions. Local journalist Daniel Birdsall fought to expose corruption in the powerful insurance industry and local government at the expense of his own printing presses. Tension between unions and “robber barons” such as Jay Gould spilled into the streets during the Gilded Age. Author Steve Thornton takes readers on an exciting journey through the seedy underbelly of Hartford’s past.