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April 2018

April 19, 2018, Third Thursday Program, Michael Shay will give a talk on the Connecticut’s Yankee Division who fought in World War I at the Battle of Seicheprey.

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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This talk will be 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 will be on April 20, 2018.    

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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary Battle of Seicheprey

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, 06106
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"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 German attack.  The memory of these Connecticut soldiers’ bravery and sacrifice has faded in the 100 years since the action at Seicheprey…

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May 2018

Rachel Thomas-Shapiro, Waterfront Supervisor, Interpretation Department, Mystic Seaport Museum, will give a talk on the Connecticut oyster industry

May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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Rachel Thomas-Shapiro, Waterfront Supervisor, Interpretation Department, Mystic Seaport Museum, will give a talk on the Connecticut oyster industry.  

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June 2018

On June 21, 2018, Dr. Kim Stoner will give a talk on Planting for the Bees’ Needs – Providing Habitat for Honey Bees and Wild Bees

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

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 bees from what we know about honey bees, but honey bees…

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September 2018

Third Thursdays at the Connecticut State Library, Author Richard Radune will give a talk on his latest book, Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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Author Richard Radune will give a talk on his latest book, Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence Author Richard Radune will give a talk on his latest book, Sound rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence. Sound Rising challenges our perception of the Long Island Sound in many surprising ways. The Sound was at the forefront of American trade with the West Indies and its location placed in…

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20th Anniversary Celebration of the Connecticut Freedom Trail Bike Ride and The Freedom Trail Quilt

September 22 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hartford, CT- On September 22, 2018, from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Connecticut State Library, Museum of Connecticut History, Friends of Prudence Crandall Museum, and the Center for Latino Progress/BiCi Co will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Connecticut Freedom Trail Bike Ride at the Connecticut State Library. The first segment of the Celebration will began at 8:00 A.M., with a Bicycle tour of several Hartford Freedom Trail sites. Bicyclists participating in this event, will meet…

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October 2018

Author and Historian Douglas Arnold will give a talk on the 1818 Constitutional Convention, and the political aftermath and fiscal reform

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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Author and Historian Douglas Arnold will give a talk on the 1818 Constitutional Convention, and the political aftermath, including fiscal reform on October 18, 2018, 12:00 P.M.-12:45 P.M., at the Connecticut State Library. 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 constitutional Convention to overhaul the state’s government along more liberal lines. The republican aim was disestablishment…

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World War One Day at the Connecticut State Library

October 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

 (Hartford, CT)- Sergeant Raymond Queenin, a New Britain soldier with Company E, 102nd Infantry Regiment, wrote after the war “I was scared stiff, but I was afraid to show it. I saw so many killed that I lost all fear of death. My only fear was the thought of how the folks at home would receive notice of my death.” It is words like these, along with the photos, letters, documents and souvenirs that help bring the stories of World…

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November 2018

Peter Tillou will present the inaugural Peter Tillou-Venture Smith Book Prize to its first recipient, Kwadwo Opoku‐Agyemang, of Ghana, West Africa, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 2 p.m., at the Connecticut State Library.

November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Peter Tillou-Venture Smith Book Prize was created to recognize an outstanding work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry written in English by an emerging West African author/scholar. It will enable Opoku‐Agyemang to see his work recognized throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. The inaugural Prize includes the printing and distribution of Opoku‐Agyemang’s book, “Wise Eyes: The Anomabo Poems,” and $5,000 for travel to the award ceremony and promotion of the book.  The Prize also creates a new chapter in the…

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State Librarian Kendall Wiggin will give a talk on the French Army Bands 1918 visit to the Connecticut State Library.

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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  Third Thursday at the State Library, Connecticut State Librarian Kendall Wiggin will give a talk on the French Army Bands visit to the Connecticut State Library in 1918. 

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