Join the CT Historical Society as they discuss Tavern & Inn Signs: Art and Advertising in Early America on Thursday, March 13th at 6:30pm
Treasured today as examples of folk art, tavern and inn signs of the 18th and 19th centuries were part of the local landscape. Eye-catching symbols were designed to attract business, both from locals and travelers. Food, lodging, entertainment and a place to meet were provided by these local establishments. CHS’s collection of such signs is the largest in the nation. Richard Malley, Head of Research and Collections at CHS, will examine the changing face of such signs and their role in the local community. Registration begins March 1st!
To register, call the library at 860.489.6684 or email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join is as we welcome Joe Manning to discuss The Lewis Hine Project: Tracking down the lives of child laborers on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30pm.
Sponsored by the Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund
For more than seven years, Joe Manning has been identifying some of the more than 5,000 child laborers that were photographed in the early 1900s by Lewis Hine, and then tracking down and interviewing their descendants. So far, he has been successful at telling the stories of more than 300 children, thus answering many times over the proverbial question, “Whatever happened to that child?” Hine was on a mission. He wanted to eradicate child labor in the United States, a practice that had existed since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and was rampant in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The National Child Labor Committee hired him in 1908 to take photographs of the children in or near their workplaces, in order to expose their plight to as many influential people as possible. Hine did that for the next 10 years.
Manning will show some of these historic photographs, tell the stories of the children in them, and talk about the exciting process of searching for descendants, most of whom were not aware of the pictures of their parents or grandparents. Some of the stories at this presentation will be about children who were photographed in New England. Information about Manning’s Lewis Hine Project can be seen at this link on his website. www.MorningsOnMapleStreet.com/LewisHine.html
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH AT 6:30PM
Join us as John Cilio talks about Women's Work in WWII, which he also wrote a book about!
The author adeptly transports the reader back to the era when men went off to war and the majority of women remained behind to care for families and fill the enormous gaps left vacant by the soldiers. From the talks very start you will hear the stories of amazing everyday working and service women of WWII that changed America forever. They started with the mission to help their country and their friends and relatives in the war. They ended up proving their competence in thousands of roles previously performed by men only. Women enlisted in every branch of service available to them and served around the globe bravely and proudly. The text and photos document the chain of circumstances that propelled the nation to realize that women can be an overtly sustaining force within our society.
To register, please contact the library at 860.489.6684 or email us at email@example.com
The library is the scheduling additional tours due to recent popularity!
In celebration of the library’s 150th Anniversary, tour of the historical building have been scheduled throughout the year. The first group of tours took place late January and early February and have proven a huge successes. The library has schedule addition tour dates throughout the Spring to ensure everyone has an opportunity see the library in a new light! Tour highlights include the beautiful museum room, the Board Room, and many other locations that some people are unaware existed. Patrons will have an opportunity to learn about the library’s vibrant history and also view unique items in the collection, such a document signed by a famous president, a rare collection of historical guns, a unique and rare solar time globe, and much more!
Addition tour dates include:
Tours fill up very quickly. To register, please call the library at 860-489-6684 or email Jessica at 860.489.6684.
Mask Update: Masks are required for all program attendees despite vaccination status.
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.