Third Thursday Presentation David Drury

In his book,  “Hartford in World War I”,  David Drury traces the extraordinary story of Hartford, Connecticut during the war.  When the United States Congress declared war in April 1917, Connecticut answered the call to arms.  As the capital, Hartford was the hub of the state’s war effort. The city hosted major rallies and recruitment drives, and leaders from Hartford directed ...
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Third Thursday Presentation: Dave Corrigan Presents the Mexican Border Campaign

Following the Mexican Revolution of 1910, various factions vied for political and military control and there were many cross-border raids into Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.  On 9 March 1916, General Pancho Villa raided Columbus, NM, killing numerous civilians as well as U.S. soldiers stationed at Camp Furlong.  President Woodrow Wilson ordered Gen. John J. Pershing to pursu...
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Third Thursday Presentation: State Historian Walter Woodward

(Hartford, CT) In celebration of American Archives Month, Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward lead a discussion on one of Connecticut’s most popular governors , Governor John Dempsey. Walter Woodward’s talk is based on his research at the State Library, in preparation for the centenary commemoration celebration of Governor Dempsey’s birth in Cahir, Ireland. The Cahir So...
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Third Thursday Talk by Military Historian Mark Albertson

Military Historian Mark Albertson  gave a talk on the history of the Battleship USS Connecticut.  The USS Connecticut was commissioned on September 29,1906 and was considered the most advanced ship in the U.S. Navy.  The USS Connecticut was one of 16 ships that made up the Great White Fleet that traveled 46,729 miles around the world.  This was considered the greatest peacetime...
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Third Thursday: Deborah Child Video Stream

Author Deborah Child led a discussion based on her book “Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic”, on May 19, from 12:00 pm-12: 45 pm, at the Connecticut State Library. This biography retraces Richard Brunton’s steps from the time of his arrival with the British Army in Boston in 1774, through the various battles he fought, unti...
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Ray Bendici Third Thursday Video Stream

Ray Bendici presented excerpts from his latest book, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History, on April 21, 2016.  The book features 15 short biographies of Connecticut’s most notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Constitution State.  From murderers and charming criminals to ruthless industrialists and l...
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Anthony Riccio Third Thursday Video Stream

Author and Photographer Anthony Riccio lead a Discussion on his book titled “Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut” (Hartford)  Anthony Riccio has collected stories and photographs of Connecticut’s first and second generation Italian immigrants for nearly a decade.  On Thursday March 17th 2016 , he led  a discussion about his book titled “Far...
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Whitney Battle-Baptiste Third Thursday Video Stream

Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center Whitney Battle-Baptiste, discussed  W.E.B, Du Bois’s connection to Hartford, CT  February 18, 2016.William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois was a leading African-American sociologist, writer, and activist. He was also a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and editor of its magazine. D...
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