Third Thursdays Programs at the State Library


During the months of September through November and January through June, the Connecticut State Library and Museum of Connecticut History have special programs that are free and open to the public in the Museum of Connecticut History.  The Third Thursday Brownbag Lunchtime Speaker Series features a variety of speakers on different aspects of Connecticut history.  All attendees should feel free to bring their lunch. 

See Previous Third Thursdays Events 

*2018 Third Thursday Fall Schedule 


Third Thursday Presentation: Maisa Tisdale Presents the Historic Freeman Houses of Little Liberia

Maisa Tisdale, President of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community gave a talk on the Historic Freeman Houses of Little Liberia.

Little Liberia was a community of freed blacks born in Connecticut, West Indians, Cape Verdeans, runaway enslaved persons from southern states, and remnants of Indian tribes from Connecticut and New York State. This village came to be known as Ethiope. By 1850 the community came to be known as “Liberia,” evidently reflecting the pride felt by its residents in helping their brethren on the road to freedom.