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Simsbury Free Library
749 Hopmeadow Street
P.O.Box 484
Simsbury, CT 06070
Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 to 5:00
2nd and 4th Saturdays
10:00 to 2:00
860/408-1336

Email: simsburyfreelibrary@gmail.com
Chick Austin House Tour
 

 


William Phelps Talk



 
 
Farmington Canal Tour
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS   

 
New for Summer:  "Rainy Day Thursdays"

If it rains on any Thursday in August, the SFL will show a movie at 3:00 p.m.  Call 860-408-1336 or visit simsburyfreelibrary.org to find out what is playing.  Free.

 
  
Genealogy Programs

August 23 at 11 a.m.:  Breaking Down that Brick Wall with a Book (Print Research) 
This special presentation by SFL genealogy librarian Diane LeMay will explore some of the many books - from a city directory to a gazeteer - common to most libraries and the surprising genealogy-related information they contain.  Free to members; $5 for non-members.

Movies

August 28th at 1 p.m.: Nebraska  
When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool's errand becomes a search for the road to redemption.  Received 6 Academy Award nominations.  Rated R.  Free.
 
History Lectures

Simsbury Free Library on Simsbury:  The Lost Village of Pilfershire
Saturday, September 13th at noon
Our latest talk in our Simsbury Free Library Series will focus on the lost village of Pilfershire.  Pilfershire was a tightly-knit and thriving farming community in the mid-18th century located in present-day West Simsbury.  
West Simsbury historian Fred Feibel will talk about Pilfershire, how some of our earliest settlers lived, the homes they built and the old cellar holes and remnants still visible today.  We recommend that you make a reservation for this program.  Free for all.
 
Hartford from 1820 to 1920 with Tom Ratliff 
Tuesday, September, 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Professor Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale immigration as the 19th century ended and the 20th century began.  This is a repeat of the popular talk he gave last spring.  Free for members.  $5 for non-members.
 
Farmington Canal with Carl Walters
Saturday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Award-winning canal historian Carl Walters will talk about the social, economic and engineering history of this attempt to create an inland waterway connecting New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts and beyond.    Free for members. $5 for non-members.
 
Other Happenings 
 
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tour & Lunch
Thursday, October 16 at noon
Have you ever wondered about the beautiful stone arch in Bushnell Park? We will meet our guide at the base of the arch on Trinity Street for a 30-40 minute informative tour. We get to climb the 96 steps into the arch, where another guide will point out the Angels at the top of the towers. Most of the speaking tour is on the ground for those who do not wish to make the climb.  This tour offers an amazing view of the park and the city.
After the tour we will visit Vito's on the Park for a delicious lunch of pasta, chicken and a table-side prepared Caeser salad.  Price is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, which includes the tour and lunch.
Space is limited.

Chick Austin House Tour
Thursday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand!.  If you have ever wondered about that strange flat "Cardboard House" on Scarborough Avenue, here is your chance to tour the house of Chick Austin, the former director of the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Chick set out to introduce modern art to America and transform Hartford, the conservative insurance capital, into a cultural mecca that would become the talk of the art world during the years between the two world wars.  (See the photo album above.)  The tour costs $25 for members and $30 for non-members, and includes a docent-led tour of the house and same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Space is limited.

Drop In Book Club

No need to join this book club.  Just drop in when you are in town or when the book is of interest.

Tuesday, September 9th at 11:15 a.m.:  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Tuesday, October 14th at 11:15 a.m.:  Book of Ages - Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
 
 
 
 
                         
 
 


 

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Tuesday, May 20th, 1 p.m.
Connecticut History Talk with Tom Ratliff:  "Hartford from 1820-1920"
  
In this fifth and final lecture in his series exploring Connecticut's rich historical past, Tom Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale i
Tuesday, May 20th, 1 p.m.
Connecticut History Talk with Tom Ratliff:  "Hartford from 1820-1920"
  
In this fifth and final lecture in his series exploring Connecticut's rich historical past, Tom Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale i
 
PAST PROGRAMS

        
 
CONGRATULATIONS HISTORY DAY COMPETITORS!
 
 
History Day Competitors:  Kevin Gyurco, Sammi Dowd, Montana McMahon, Emilee Buytkins,  adviser Grantland Rogers, and Rachel Baumann (Igor Banaszuk not pictured).
 
The Simsbury Free Library was happy to support the 6 hardworking high school students who participated in this year's History Day in Connecticut competition.  
 
Congratulations to the two projects that placed in the District Competition at TorringtonHigh School on March 15th:  Seniors Emilee Buytkins, Sammi Dowd and Igor Banaszuk won first place in the Group Documentary division and Freshman Montana McMahon won second place in the Individual Exhibit division!  These students will advance to the March 26th State Competition at Central Connecticut State University. 
 
Click Hartford Courant Article to read more about it!! 
 
Many thanks to history teacher Grantland Rogers, Simsbury Historical Society and the Simsbury Public Schools for their help in furthering an interest in history in Simsbury.