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.
September 27 at 10-2: Genealogy Road Show
If you are researching your family tree, but don't know where else to look to find your 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 nonmembers.
October 25 at 11 a.m.: Organizing Documents and Charts
If you have piles of documents and charts on your genealogy, come hear Diane LeMay discuss her methods of organizing with genealogy software. Free to members. $5 for nonmembers.
September 18th at 1 p.m.: Cutie and the Boxer
The documentary followed the story of 19-year-old art student Noriko, who fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world. "CUTIE AND THE BOXER is a powerful and poignant documentary about creativity, sacrifice, and a love that is its own unique work of art." (from Amazon) Rated R. Free.
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 head Vito's on the Park for a delicious 1:00 lunch of Caeser salad prepared table side by the Chef, pasta marinara, chicken parmesan and roasted vegetables and afresh fruit flambe with apricot mascarpone cream prepared table side by the Chef. Price is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, which includes the tour and lunch. Space is limited. Reservations required ahead of tour.
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, October 14th at 11:15 a.m.: Book of Ages - Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore