Third Thursday Presentation: 1818 Constitutional Convention

Author and Historian Douglas Arnold gave a talk on the 1818 Constitutional Convention, and the political aftermath, including fiscal reform. In 1818, enough dissenters from the Congregational Church organized to unseat the Federalist Party (the traditional party of the Congregationalist) in Connecticut. Consequently, the newly empowered state republicans called for a constituti...
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Third Thursday Presentation: Richard Radune Presented Sound Rising: Long Island Sound

Author Richard Radune gave a talk on his latest book, Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence on September 20, 2018, at the Connecticut State Library.  The Long Island Sound is a tidal estuary of the Atlantic Ocean lying between the eastern shores of Bronx County, New York City, southern Westchester County, Connecticut to the nort...
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Third Thursday Presentation: Dr. Kim Stoner

Planting for the Bees’ Needs – Providing Habitat for Honey Bees and Wild Bees Did you know that Connecticut has 349 species of bees – and honey bees are only one species? Bees are important to us for producing honey and wax and pollinating our crops, and they also are important to the health of our environment, pollinating our native wild plants. We get many of our ideas about...
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Third Thursday: Michael Shay Presented Connecticut’s Yankee Division who fought in World War I at the Battle of Seicheprey.

Judge Shay talked about the Battle of Seicheprey in which the men of the 102nd Infantry, a National Guard Regiment, composed mostly of Connecticut men, distinguished themselves in an attack by a superior German force of more than five times their number. The 100th Anniversary of that fight on April 20, 2018. 
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Commemorating the 102nd Connecticut Infantry Battle of Seicheprey, April 20, 1918

“Remembering Seicheprey and the Boys from Connecticut’s 102nd Infantry” Early in the morning of 20 April 1918, 3,000 German storm troopers attacked the town of Seicheprey, engaging soldiers of the 102nd Regiment in the first major military action undertaken by American troops in World War I. 81 Connecticut soldiers were Killed in Action as the 102nd Regiment repulsed the Germa...
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Third Thursday Presentation: “Prescribing from the Bookshelf – Louise Sweet and Connecticut’s Role in the Library War Service”

Hartford, CT – Mary Mahoney, Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Connecticut, gave a talk on “Prescribing from the Bookshelf - Louise Sweet and Connecticut’s Role in the Library War Service”. This program will take place on March 15, 2018, 12:00-12:45 at the Connecticut State Library.  When Connecticut’s servicemen went to war in 1917, they didn’t go alone. Connect...
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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 ...
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Third Thursday Presentation: Diana Ross McCain

Third Thursday Speaker for January 18th, Diana Ross McCain, author of the new historical novel Thy Children’s Children, gave a talk on the Lyman’s of Lyman Orchards. Between 1741 and 1871, Lyman men and women established and nurtured a farm and homestead that are owned by descendants to this day. They also took part, often at great personal peril, in political, moral, and econ...
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