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June 2016
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Members of the Vintage Dance Society will perform Popular Dances from the World War I Era, at the State Library’s Third Thursdays Program

June 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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Marc Casslar and Martha Griffin, members of the Vintage Dance Society of CT’s performance arm ‘Polite Society, will discuss and recreate some of the most popular dances from the World War I era on June 16, from 12:00 pm-12:30 pm, at the Connecticut State Library. The duo will be performing the Ragtime dances like the Tango, Waltz, Hesitation, Blues, Foxtrot and Castle Walk. Their presentation will also include a discussion on some of the most popular social dances of the 19th… Continue Reading Members of the Vintage Dance Society will perform Popular Dances from the World War I Era, at the State Library’s Third Thursdays Program

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July 2016
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Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut State Library present an appearance by author and World Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund, in celebration of this year’s Summer Learning theme of Wellness, Fitness & Sports!

July 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 main street
Hartford, CT, 06103 United States
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Professional Wrestling legend Bob Backlund will make and appearance at the Hartford Public Library!  Saturday, July 9, 12:00 noon, Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut State Library present an appearance by author and World Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund, in celebration of this year’s Summer Learning theme of Wellness, Fitness & Sports! Backlund was an accomplished amateur wrestler at North Dakota State University and had a career as a professional wrestler for over 30 years.  Backlund was inducted into the World… Continue Reading Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut State Library present an appearance by author and World Wrestling Champion Bob Backlund, in celebration of this year’s Summer Learning theme of Wellness, Fitness & Sports!

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September 2016

Remembering World War I – North Haven “Hears the Call”

September 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Haven Public Library, 17 Elm St, North Haven, CT 06473
North Haven , CT 06473 United States
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(Hartford, CT)-2017 year marks the 100th Anniversary of this country’s entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the North Haven Memorial Library and North Haven Historical Society will be working with the Remembering World War One project at the Connecticut State Library to gather old photos, documents, mementos and other materials from the war to digitize them and preserve them in the Connecticut Digital Archive.  On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.… Continue Reading Remembering World War I – North Haven “Hears the Call”

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Military Historian Mark Albertson will give a talk on the History of the U.S.S. Connecticut, Constitution State Battleship.

September 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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  Military Historian, Mark Albertson will lead a discussion on the history of the Battleship USS Connecticut, on September 15, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m., at the Connecticut State Library.  The USS Connecticut was commissioned on September 29,1906 and was considered the most advanced ship in the U.S. Navy.  

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October 2016

Remembering World War I – New Britain “Hears the Call”

October 1, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
New Britain Industrial Museum, 185 Main St, New Britain, CT 06051
New Britain, CT 06051 United States
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        (Hartford, CT) 2017 year marks the 100th Anniversary of this country’s entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the New Britain Industrial Museum will be working with the Remembering World War One project at the Connecticut State Library to gather old photos, documents, mementos and other materials from the war to digitize them and preserve them in the Connecticut Digital Archive.  On Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00… Continue Reading Remembering World War I – New Britain “Hears the Call”

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Remembering World War I- Avon “Hears the Call”

October 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001, CT 06001 United States
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(Hartford, CT ) 2017 year marks the 100th Anniversary of this country's entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Avon Free Public Library will be working with the Remembering World War One project at the Connecticut State Library, to gather old photos, documents, mementos and other materials from the war to digitize and preserve them in the Connecticut Digital Archive. On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until… Continue Reading Remembering World War I- Avon “Hears the Call”

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CT State Historian Walter Woodward will give a talk on one of Connecticut’s most popular governors, Governor John Dempsey at the State Library

October 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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(Hartford, CT) In celebration of American Archives Month, Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward will lead a discussion on one of Connecticut's most popular governors , Governor John Dempsey on October 20,  2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m., at the Connecticut State Library.  Walter Woodward's talk is based on his research at the State Library, in preparation for the centenary commemoration celebration of Governors Dempsey's birth in Cahir, Ireland. The Cahir Social and Historical Society marked the centenary of the… Continue Reading CT State Historian Walter Woodward will give a talk on one of Connecticut’s most popular governors, Governor John Dempsey at the State Library

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Dr. Matthew Warshauer will lead a brief discussion on The “Meanness” of past political elections in the United States

October 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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  (Hartford, CT) Negative political campaigns are nothing new, but what can citizens do to make them better?  On Friday, October 28, join a pre-election Conversation at Noon that touches on current efforts to increase voter participation and strengthen Connecticut through greater civic engagement.  Dr. Matthew Warshauer from Central Connecticut State University will start the program with a brief discussion on the “meanness” of past political elections in the United States, particularly the contests of 1800 and 1828.  Rather than… Continue Reading Dr. Matthew Warshauer will lead a brief discussion on The “Meanness” of past political elections in the United States

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November 2016
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Museum of Connecticut History, Dave Corrigan will give a talk on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Mexican Border Campaign

November 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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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 pursue Villa into Mexico and capture him.  Wilson also federalized the National Guard, ordering 150,000 soldiers to secure the 2,000-mile long U.S.-Mexican border. … Continue Reading Museum of Connecticut History, Dave Corrigan will give a talk on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Mexican Border Campaign

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March 2017

Third Thursday Presentation from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Connecticut Women and War

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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Women have been involved in military conflicts from the beginning of time; some as warriors, some as spies and others who made the munitions or simply called for peace.  Connecticut women are among the finest and bravest who have stood for their cause – sometimes defying gender norms, and often without the recognition they deserved. 

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