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Genealogy Road Show with Diane LeMay
November 28th, December 12th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you are researching your family tree, but don't know where else to look to find missing ancestors, bring in your tree. Genealogy librarian Diane LeMay can help with deciphering handwriting, online research, Massachusetts and French-Canadian research, and much more. Free to members. $5 for non-members. RSVPs recommended.
Free to members, $5 for non-members.
Drop In Book Club
Giving Back by Steven Ketchpel and The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:15 a.m.
This month our book club will be discussing two books: Giving Back: Discover Your Values and Put Them into Action Through Volunteering and Donating by Steven Ketchpel, Ph.D and The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern.
Dr. Ketchpel studied computer science at Harvard University and Stanford University. A self-funded sabbatical during 2011 made possible the writing of Giving Back, his first book. The material for Giving Back comes from Dr. Ketchpel’s experience in working with and volunteering for nonprofit organizations. His first volunteer experiences were part of his years growing up in Connecticut, where he was active in Boy Scouts and the Order of the Arrow (a Scouting service organization), as well as in a Congregationalist UCC church.
The inspiration for Giving Back is to encourage more people to find and pursue the passions that simultaneously enhance life’s meaning, strengthen family bonds, and make the world a better place. Dr. Ketchpel, who was raised and went to school in Simsbury, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We will also discuss The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern. Stern’s 1943 short story was the basis for the classic 1946 holiday movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. We will show the movie at 1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. See below for more details.
Come join us for some great book discussions and some even better company. We are looking to add new members to our book club. It is a drop in book club, so you can come any time you are interested in a book and/or when you are in town. Wondering what kinds of books we read? Past books have included: The Boys in the Boat, One Thousand White Women, Empty Mansions and Dakota. Free.
Holiday Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life, Tuesday, December 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season with Frank Capra’s classic 1946 holiday movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. The heartwarming film tells the story of George Bailey, who wishes he was never born, and the angel who shows him what life would have been like without him. Free popcorn and holiday cookies!
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BOOK OF WORLD WAR I LETTERS
WRITTEN BY SIMSBURY NATIVE
Thank you so much to Joe Hall (of Hall's Farm on Terry's Plain) for sharing his great uncle's World War I letters and allowing us to scan them. If you are a Simsbury or WWI history buff, stop in and have a look at our book of 44 letters that George L. Hall sent home between August 11, 1917 and October 21, 1918. Sadly, George was killed in action on October 28th, 1918, just 2 weeks before the Germans surrendered.
The letters are a great look at the life of a 20-21 year old soldier in World War I and there a number of Simsbury tidbits as well. George mentions the other Simsbury boys he sees in France, asks his mother to send fruit cake, hard candies and American cigarettes and tobacco, mentions the Hartford Courant and the "Farmington Valley", talks about how he can't tell them much because of the censors (most of the letters have the censor's signature, and at least one letter has a word or phrase cut out), he asks his brother how the Simsbury football team is doing, and the Home Guard.
We hope to have the letters available to view on our website in the near future.
An Oral History with Thelma Hall
Interested in Simsbury's history? Our interview with Thelma Hall is now up on SCTV's website (simsburytv.org). Her daughter, Joanne Vanty, asked her questions about her nearly 90 years in Simsbury. Mrs. Hall has great memories of growing up in Simsbury: her father, the station master, walking to school in the snow and so much more. Check it out!
Click here to see the interview.