Monday, March 2, 2015

200 Students Make History (Day) at Torrington Regional Contest - Saturday, March 7

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For Immediate Release
March 2, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Torrington High School, over 200 students representing the communities of Avon, Burlington, Kent, Salisbury, Simsbury, Torrington, Washington, Waterbury, West Hartford and West Suffield will present their History Day projects to judges at the Torrington Regional History Day in Connecticut Contest. 

Students in grades 6-12 have spent months researching a history topic of their own choice related to this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History. Participants can choose to present their projects within one of the five History Day categories. These categories include exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers and performances. Students in grades 6-8 compete within the Junior Division and students in grades 9-12 compete within the Senior Division. Students who place in the top three in their respective categories and divisions are invited to compete in the State History Day Contest, which will take place on May 9, 2015 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. From there, state winners will be invited to represent Connecticut at the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in June.

State Representatives Jay Case & Michelle Cook and State Senators Kevin Witkos & Clark Chapin will serve as guests of honor and assist with presenting prizes to winners at the Awards Ceremony (scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start time).  The names of winning students and entries will be posted on the History Day in Connecticut website (ct.nhd.org) the Monday after the contest.  Torrington is one of the six History Day in Connecticut Regional Contests held in Connecticut throughout March. The next Regional Contest is the New Haven Regional Contest, which will occur on Saturday, March 14 at Wilbur Cross High School.

The following schools will be represented at the Torrington Regional Contest:
Har-Bur Middle School, Burlington
Homeschool, West Suffield
Kent Central School, Kent
Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington
North End Middle School, Waterbury
Salisbury Central School, Salisbury
Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford
Shepaug Valley Middle School, Washington
Simsbury High School, Simsbury
Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
Torrington High School, Torrington

History Day in Connecticut is an affiliate program of the renowned academic program, National History Day (NHD).  History Day in Connecticut is led by Connecticut’s Old State House with support from the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, and ConnecticutHistory.org.  Major funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities.  For more information, contact History Day in Connecticut State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860-522-6766, ext. 11 or rebecca.taber-conover@cga.ct.gov.

Learn more about History Day in Connecticut by visiting its webpage http://ct.nhd.org, liking the program on Facebook, or following on Twitter.  The National History Day website may be viewed at http://www.nhd.org.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Connecticut’s Old State House Explores the Diary of Gideon Welles - February 10 at Noon

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For Immediate Release
February 4, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT – Civil War historians and enthusiasts can celebrate Presidents’ Day a little early this year as Connecticut’s Old State House will explore the diary of Gideon Welles, the Connecticut native who served as Secretary of the Navy under President Abraham Lincoln. Professor J. Ronald Spencer, author and Associate Academic Dean Emeritus from Trinity College, will headline the next installment of Conversations at Noon entitled A Connecticut Yankee in Lincoln’s Cabinet: Gideon Welles’ Civil War Diary on Tuesday, February 10 at noon.

Welles is best remembered for his wartime diary which countless historians have drawn on since it was first published in 1911. Professor Spencer will discuss this important figure from the American Civil War and answer questions still asked today:

What distinguishes Welles's diary? Is the extensive information about Lincoln reliable? Are Welles' often caustic characterizations of other cabinet members, prominent politicians, and top army and navy officers fair and accurate?  

Following his talk, Professor Spencer will join a panel of experts that includes Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and author of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival, and Paula Hopewell from the Lincoln Forum for a lively discussion on the war, Welles and his famous diary. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the discussion and take questions and comments from the audience.

The program is free, begins at noon and is open to the public.

What’s Coming Up at Connecticut’s Old State House?
 
January’s installment of Conversations at Noon, To Protest or Not to Protest? Activist Lessons from the Career of William Sloane Coffin, Jr., which was postponed due to the Blizzard of 2015, will now take place on Tuesday, February 24 at noon.

Dr. Warren Goldstein, author of William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience will discuss the life and work of civil rights & anti-Vietnam War activist, Minister William Sloane Coffin, Jr. After his talk he will be joined by Debra Cohen of Activate CT and Jon Mueller from the University of Hartford for a panel discussion on protests past and present. CT-N’s Diane Smith will moderate the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored with Connecticut Explored. Like the February 10th program, this installment of Conversations at Noon is free and open to the public.

Located in Hartford, a short walk from the Wadsworth, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase great, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. The interactive History is All Around Us exhibition by the Connecticut Historical Society, located in the Mortensen Gallery of the lower level of the Old State House, allows visitors to explore over 300 years of Hartford and Connecticut history. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To Protest or Not to Protest? Connecticut's Old State House to Explore the History of Protesting Jan. 27

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For Immediate Release
January 20, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

On Tuesday January 27, join prize-winning historian Dr. Warren Goldstein, author of William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience, at Connecticut’s Old State House as he discusses the life and work of civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activist Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr.  

Using Reverend Coffin as an example, Dr. Goldstein will explore the question of whether popular protests have been an effective means of political activism in recent American history.

Why did some civil rights protests “work,” while others failed? 

What does the history of civil rights and anti-war activism have to teach us about present day protests?

What have we learned from the Tea Party movement, Occupy Wall Street and the recent protests and unrest seen in Ferguson and New York City?

Following his talk, Dr. Goldstein will be joined by Debra Cohen of Activate CT and John Mueller from the University of Hartford for a discussion on protests past and present. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate discussion and take questions and comments from the audience. Audience members are encouraged to bring their lunch and be a part of the conversation. The program begins at noon and lasts an hour. This program is co-sponsored with Connecticut Explored.

Located in Hartford, a short walk from the Wadsworth, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase great, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. The interactive History is All Around Us exhibition by the Connecticut Historical Society, located in the Mortensen Gallery of the lower level of the Old State House, allows visitors to explore over 300 years of Hartford and Connecticut history. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Connecticut’s Old State House Explores the World of Celebrity Dec. 16 - Becoming Tom Thumb: The Dawn of American Celebrity - Tuesday, December 16, 2014, noon to 1 p.m.

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For Immediate Release
December 4, 2014
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116


Hartford, CT - Each week throughout the year Americans are confronted with the latest celebrity gossip, scandal or grab for headlines only to watch it fade away into something new days later. Whether it’s a U.S. President or Kim Kardashian, people are inundated with celebrity culture everywhere they go. Is this anything new or an upward trend that most Americans have come to expect and feed into?

On Tuesday, December 16, Connecticut’s Old State House will explore this trend and discuss whether we have become a celebrity-obsessed culture. Author Eric Lehman will kick off the conversation by illustrating the meteoric rise of America’s first international celebrity and Connecticut’s very own Charles Stratton – better known as General Tom Thumb. Under the skillful management of another Connecticut legend, P.T. Barnum, the comedic talents of the 25 inch tall Stratton charmed a Who’s Who of the 19th Century – from Queen Victoria to Abraham Lincoln – while playing to sold out venues for forty years.

After his talk, Lehman will join a panel of experts for a lively discussion on the world of celebrity and fame.  The conversation, which will be moderated by the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith, will include Maryellen Fillo, Java Columnist for The Hartford Courant, and Dr. Eugene Leach, a retired professor from Trinity College in Hartford. The public is encouraged to attend this free event within the Old State House, bring a lunch and join the discussion as Smith will be taking questions and comments from the audience.

This installment of Conversations at Noon is co-sponsored by The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport with major funding provided by CT Humanities. This free program begins at noon and lasts for one hour. This program’s featured speaker, Eric Lehman, will have copies of his book Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum and the Dawn of American Celebrity for sale before and after the program in the Old State House Shop. He will also be available for autographs after the program.

Located in Hartford, a short walk from the Wadsworth, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase great, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. The interactive History is All Around Us exhibition by the Connecticut Historical Society, located in the Mortensen Gallery of the lower level of the Old State House, allows visitors to explore over 300 years of Hartford and Connecticut history. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rules of Engagement: Boomers vs. Millennials - At Connecticut’s Old State House & Live on CT-N December 18 at 7pm

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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2014
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT – The “generation gap” is nothing new, but when two powerful forces for civic change are poised on either side of it, what does that mean for our communities and our democracy? On Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Connecticut’s Old State House invites the public to attend in person or watch live on The Connecticut Network (CT-N) as it attempts to break through generational barriers and explore the diverse rules of civic engagement used by two of America’s most talked about groups during its next Town Hall Meeting, Rules of Engagement: Boomers vs. Millennials.

Since the millennium began 15 years ago, all eyes have turned to the group that will undoubtedly lead our country into years of unprecedented change, a group commonly referred to as “Generation Me.” While Baby Boomers prepare to pass the torch to another generation of Americans, the handoff appears shaky as the country’s two largest age groups eye one another through a critical lens – not realizing that they are often using different means to reach similar ends. Can the Baby Boomers and Millennials co-exist in order to provide a smooth transition of leadership for our country?

CT-N’s Diane Smith will moderate the discussion as she and her guests, comprised of local civic leaders from both generations, attempt to find parallels and differences in life experiences, expose each generations’’ “rules of engagement” and determine how both groups can move forward together using experience, technology and a variety of old and new civic skills and strategies that effect change. The program will be broadcast live by CT-N on television and on CT-N’s website at www.CT-N.com.
 
The event will take place within Connecticut’s Old State House on the evening of Thursday, December 18. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the televised program starting at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public to attend. Those unable to attend in person can watch the program live on CT-N or on any computer, tablet or mobile device at www.CT-N.com. Viewers can also follow along on Twitter, as the Old State House will be live-tweeting the event through its Twitter handle @CTOldStateHouse.

Cable subscribers can visit CT-N.com to find the Connecticut Network’s location in their channel line-up. CT-N is available full-time on AT&T U-Verse (Frontier Communications) channel 83 and on expanded basic cable statewide. As of May 2014, Cox Communications subscribers can find CT-N on channel 2. All Connecticut Network programming is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Located in Hartford, a short walk from the Wadsworth, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The interactive History is All Around Us exhibition by the Connecticut Historical Society, located in the Mortensen Gallery of the lower level of the Old State House, allows visitors to explore over 300 years of Hartford and Connecticut history. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

Nominated for a 2012 Boston/New England Emmy Award, Winner of the national Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Excellence in Journalism Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Connecticut Network is the state’s source for complete and balanced television and webcast coverage of state government and public affairs. For more information, become a fan of CT-N on Facebook, follow the network at www.twitter.com/CTNetworkTV or visit CT-N’s website at www.ct-n.com.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crafts, Art, Jewelry, Apparel & more! Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair: Dec. 9-11

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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2014
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

View a list of 2014 Participating Vendors

Back by popular demand, the annual Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair will be taking place this December for three days and three days only. Holiday shoppers will once again be able to avoid the chaos of Black Friday and the local malls by shopping within the quiet, historic walls of Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford, December 9, 10 & 11 from 11am – 3pm.
This year’s Holiday Shopping Fair will include vendors from all corners of the Nutmeg State showcasing products that will make fantastic gifts this holiday season. Products will include handmade jewelry, holiday decorations, knitted clothing, pottery, soaps, candles, blankets, linens, artwork, crafts, baskets, accessories, photography and much more.

The Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair offers a great opportunity for shoppers to purchase from local small business owners as only Connecticut-based vendors are invited to showcase and sell their products at this three day event. While attending the fair, shoppers can also visit the Old State House Shop where affordable, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford-themed products and apparel can be purchased.
There are multiple parking options nearby for shoppers, some of which will offer parking discounts to Old State House visitors. To find directions to the Old State House, nearby parking locations and information on parking discounts, visit www.ctoldstatehouse.org/directions.
Located in Hartford, a short walk from the Wadsworth, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The interactive History is All Around Us exhibition by the Connecticut Historical Society, located in the Mortensen Gallery of the lower level of the Old State House, allows visitors to explore over 300 years of Hartford and Connecticut history. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hartford Past, Present and Future: Placemaking, Urban Renewal and Historic Preservation - Tuesday, November 18 at Noon

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For Immediate Release
November 6, 2014
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

As the state’s capital city continues to surge toward its own renaissance, Connecticut’s Old State House invites the public to join a conversation on how to make downtown Hartford a destination worth visiting and residing in.

On Tuesday, November 18 come explore the past, present and future of Hartford as the Old State House welcomes Frank Russo, Senior Vice President for Global Spectrum, to share his experience with the Hartford Civic Center redevelopment project of the 1970s and the XL Center’s recent renovation. Russo will discuss how the Civic Center rebounded from the famed roof collapse of 1978 and how the recent upgrades to the multi-purpose arena will link the best of Hartford’s past with its dynamic future.

Following his presentation, participate in a panel conversation that will feature Russo, Frank Hagaman, Executive Director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, and Jackie Gorsky Mandyck, Managing Director of the iQuilt Partnership. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will be on hand to moderate the conversation and take questions and comments from the audience. Program attendees are encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts with the panel, while also enjoying their lunch.
 
Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a new display currently being featured at the Old State House entitled (Re)Using Hartford’s Historic Buildings, an impressive panel display currently on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) as part of their (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling exhibition. The Old State House exhibit, which will be available for public viewing until March 2015, is one of four satellite displays related to this CHS exhibition in Hartford. You can learn more about this exhibition and the other satellite locations at the Connecticut Historical Society’s website: www.chs.org/Hartford. 

Hartford Past, Present and Future: Placemaking, Urban Renewal and Historic Preservation is co-sponsored with the Connecticut Historical Society, with funding provided by Connecticut Humanities. This free program begins at noon and lasts for one hour. Conversations at Noon is taped in front of a live audience by the Connecticut Network.

Located in Hartford, a short walk from the Wadsworth, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase great, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. The interactive History is All Around Us exhibition by the Connecticut Historical Society, located in the Mortensen Gallery of the lower level of the Old State House, allows visitors to explore over 300 years of Hartford and Connecticut history. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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