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History and Genealogy Lectures
Mysteries of the Smallpox Cemetery Solved, Restoration Planned, But No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Tuesday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m.
Historian and professional genealogist,Thomas F. Howard, shares the mysteries of East Granby's Smallpox Cemetery on Hatchet Hill, as well as the trials and tribulations of trying and actually restoring an ancient (18th c) cemetery. Free.
Chick Austin House Tour
Thursday, April 9th 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 on the right.) 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. Advance payment required.
Genealogy Road Show with Diane LeMay
March 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Our genealogist librarian, Diane LeMay, will try to solve any genealogy research problems patrons bring her. Free to members. $5 for non-members.
Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m. - Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. Free.
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, March 10th at 11:15 a.m.: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
Enticed by advertisements for a luxury retirement home in India, a group of strangers leave England to begin a new life. On arrival, however, they discover the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff are more than a little eccentric and the days of the Raj appear to be long gone. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances. (From Random House) Free.
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Chick Austin House Tour
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 Torrington High 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.
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.