Thursday, February 4, 2016

Connecticut’s Old State House to Highlight Food-Related Businesses Launched by Women: Conversations at Noon: Tuesday, February 23

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For Immediate Release
February 4, 2016
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-2553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT – Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford will host the next installment of its popular lunchtime Conversations at Noon series, Women in the Kitchen: It’s Strictly Business, on Tuesday, February 23.
Margaret Rudkin, founder of Pepperidge Farm, started her world famous business in her own Fairfield County kitchen. Dr. Elizabeth Rose of the Fairfield Museum and History Center will outline the unique reasoning behind the company’s original formation. Following her talk, Dr. Rose will be joined by NoRa Cupcake Company’s Carrie Carella and Cary Wheaton, Executive Director of Billings Forge Community Works, for a panel discussion on food-related businesses launched by women. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will both moderate the discussion and take questions from the audience.
Conversations at Noon is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities. Women in the Kitchen: It’s Strictly Business is co-sponsored with Connecticut Explored. The event will begin at Noon on Tuesday, February 23 and last for one hour.
Located in historic downtown Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of
government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Connecticut’s Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. Visitors can also shop online at shop.ctoldstatehouse.org. 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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Connecticut’s Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair to Take Place December 8, 9 & 10

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For Immediate Release
November 23, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116


Hartford, CT - The annual Connecticut’s Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair will be taking place for three straight days on December 8, 9 and 10. The Fair will be open to the public, free of charge, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day.

The Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair offers a great opportunity for shoppers to purchase products from local small business owners as only Connecticut-based vendors are invited to showcase and sell their products at this three day event. Products at this year’s fair will include handmade jewelry, holiday decorations, knitted clothing, pottery, soaps, candles, blankets, linens, artwork, crafts, baskets, accessories, photography and more. While attending the fair, shoppers can also visit the Connecticut’s Old State House Shop where affordable, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, apparel and packages 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. Follow Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook for updates on participating vendors.
Located in Hartford, a short walk from The Wadsworth, Connecticut Science Center, Bushnell Park and the Riverfront - 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, school programs, 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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Monday, November 16, 2015

East Harford Student Named Connecticut’s Kid Governor: Elena Tipton of Dr. Thomas S. O’Connell School is First Connecticut’s Kid Governor

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For Immediate Release
November 16, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(86) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT – Elena Tipton, a fifth grader at Dr. Thomas S. O’Connell School in East Hartford, was elected as the first Connecticut Kid Governor after a statewide election in which hundreds of fifth graders from across the state participated. The announcement of Tipton’s victory took place during a school-wide assembly on Friday, November 13 with her classmates, teachers and family in attendance. Representatives from Connecticut’s Old State House, which created and ran the Connecticut’s Kid Governor pilot program for the first time this year, were also on hand to deliver the news and present Tipton with her Certificate of Recognition as Connecticut’s Kid Governor.

Students across the state were nominated by their classes to run for Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Candidates were required to submit a campaign video about a community issue important to them as well as a 3-point plan designed to help other students take action on the issue. The top 7 candidates continued on to the statewide election and their videos were posted online for Connecticut fifth grade classes to watch before casting their ballots.

Tipton’s “Campaign for Kindness” won the vote, securing her position as the first ever Connecticut’s Kid Governor. She outlined a 3-point plan of action that included making the 13th of each month “Kindness Day”, bringing “buddy benches” to 10 schools, and listening to Connecticut students to find out great things that are happening at their schools so they can be recognized and celebrated as awesome kids. Tipton also proposed the creation of a public online blog, where students from other schools can share their acts of kindness. During her year-long term as Connecticut’s Kid Governor, she will have the opportunity to take part in programs at Connecticut’s Old State House and encourage students across the state to take action on her campaign issue. A formal inauguration will take place at Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford in January.

 To learn more about Connecticut’s Kid Governor, view the final seven candidates’ campaign videos or watch the announcement of Tipton’s victory, visit the pilot program’s website at CT.KidGovernor.org. Information about Connecticut’s Old State House and its other school programs can be found at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Conducting Civil Conversation at the Thanksgiving Table: Wednesday, November 18 at Noon

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For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Conducting Civil Conversation at the Thanksgiving Table
Conversations at the Thanksgiving Table – Wednesday, November 18 at Noon
History of Philanthropy in Connecticut – Tuesday, December 1 at Noon 

Hartford, CT – The holiday season is rapidly approaching and that means conversations around the table can quickly and easily turn uncomfortable. Connecticut’s Old State House is encouraging healthy and cordial dialogue at the Thanksgiving table this year. During its next installment of Conversations at Noon on November 18th, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Elizabeth Burgess will discuss the dinner table’s role as the center of family conversation. Following her talk, those in attendance will enjoy a fun and lively panel discussion on conducting civil conversation with family during the holidays with humorist Gina Barreca, journalist Richard Hanley and Everyday Democracy’s Val Ramos.

This program is a continuation of the Old State House’s year-long series Choosing to Participate: Renewing Connecticut’s Civil Health where civic health indicators, which are used to assess civic participation, are explored using issues and examples from the past and engaging scholars, government officials, experts, activists and the public in meaningful conversations. The civic health indicator being highlighted through this program is ‘conversing with family over dinner.’

This program is free to attend and open to the public, thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities.

Coming up at Connecticut’s Old State House: The History of Philanthropy in Connecticut

Just two weeks later, on December 1, Conversations at Noon returns with a new installment entitled Taking Care of Our Own: The History of Philanthropy in Connecticut – where the Old State House will highlight a very appropriate civic health indicator during the holiday season: ‘charitable giving.’

Eugene Leach, Professor Emeritus at Trinity College will discuss the impact philanthropy has had on Connecticut lives. After his talk, Deborah Rothstein, Vice President of Development & Donor Engagement for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ashley “AJ” Johnson, pastor, community educator and founder of Small Business Night Out, and Professor Leach will explore how private giving “helped civilize Hartford” and identify the changing face of philanthropy in the 21st century.

Like the November 18 program, The History of Philanthropy in Connecticut, is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities.

Located in historic downtown Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of
government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Connecticut’s Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. Visitors can also shop online at shop.ctoldstatehouse.org. 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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fifth Graders to Vote for Connecticut’s Kid Governor During Election Week: Winner will be announced Friday, November 13

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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov


Hartford, CT – It’s Election Day on Tuesday and as the adults of the Constitution State prepare to vote for their local leaders, Connecticut fifth graders will participate in a week-long election that will determine the state’s first ever Kid Governor.

Starting Monday, more than 27 fifth grade classes in 15 towns will take part in the new pilot program created by Connecticut’s Old State House by voting in the statewide election for Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Classes from every corner of Connecticut were invited to participate in the program, which was established to help inspire students to become lifelong agents of change, active participants in government and eventual registered voters.

Students across the state were nominated by their classes to run for Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Candidates were required to submit a campaign video about a community issue important to them as well as a 3-point plan designed to help other students take action on the issue. The top 7 candidates will continue to the statewide election and their videos will be posted online for Connecticut fifth grade classes to watch before casting their ballots.

Voting for Connecticut’s Kid Governor will begin on Monday, November 2 and conclude at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6. The winner of the election will be announced at noon on Friday, November 13 on the Connecticut’s Old State House Facebook page, as well as the program’s website, CT.KidGovernor.org. The winning student will serve as Connecticut’s Kid Governor for a full year and will be provided the opportunity to take part in programs at Connecticut’s Old State House, encourage students across the state to take action on their selected issue and more. A formal inauguration will take place at Connecticut’s Old State House in January.

The final seven candidates for Kid Governor and their community issue are as follows (only first names and community issues will be released):

·         Abby, Connecticut bats
·         Elena, Campaign for kindness
·         Hunter, Access to technology
·         Lilli, School spending
·         Mackenzie, Standing up to bullying
·         Nathaniel, Preventing kids in gangs
·         William, Recess matters

The candidates’ campaign videos will be available for public viewing on the Connecticut’s Kid Governor website starting Friday, October 30. Video files can be provided upon request. A press release on the results of the Connecticut’s Kid Governor Election will be distributed once the winner has accepted their newly appointed role as Kid Governor.

To learn more about Connecticut’s Kid Governor, visit the program’s website at CT.KidGovernor.org. Information about Connecticut’s Old State House and its other school programs can be found at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

5th Graders to Vote for Connecticut’s First Kid Governor: Pilot Program of Connecticut’s Old State House to hold elections week of Nov. 2

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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov


Hartford, CT – In just a couple of weeks, during the local elections, Connecticut 5th graders will participate in a statewide election to vote for the state’s first ever Kid Governor – and all eyes will be locked in on the hotly contested race.

Fifth grade classes across the state have been invited to participate in Connecticut’s Kid Governor, a pilot program created by Connecticut’s Old State House. Some classes have chosen to vote in the statewide election, while others are voting and nominating a student candidate from their school to run for Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Candidates for Kid Governor will submit a campaign video about a community issue that’s important to them, as well as a 3-point plan designed to help other students take action on the issue.

Connecticut’s Old State House will review the submitted videos and make the top seven available for public viewing. The final candidates’ peers from across the state will then view and analyze the videos during Election Week (November 2 - 6, 2015) as they prepare to cast their vote for Connecticut’s Kid Governor.

Connecticut’s Old State House will announce the winner of the Kid Governor election during the week of November 9 and he or she will be formally inaugurated at the Old State House at a later date. The winning student will serve as Connecticut’s Kid Governor for a full year and be provided the opportunity to take part in programs at Connecticut’s Old State House, encourage students across the state to take action on their selected issue and more.

“We’re very encouraged by the enthusiasm that’s been building around this program. Kids really care about their communities and this program teaches them how they can make a difference by participating in civic life,” said Brian Cofrancesco, Head of Education at Connecticut’s Old State House. “We’re looking forward to election week.”

Connecticut’s Kid Governor – both the pilot program and student winner – are vehicles for teaching students civic skills and community mindedness statewide. The goal of the program is to inspire students to be lifelong agents of change, active participants in government and eventual registered voters. As such, the goals of the program align with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools’ goals for the 21st century civic learning and citizenship. Along with Connecticut’s Kid Governor and Connecticut History Day, Connecticut’s Old State House offers interactive and participatory school programs that are aligned with Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and focus on the history of the Old State House, the role Connecticut played during the 18th and 19th centuries, civic participation and how government works.

Further press releases on the election and events related to the program will be distributed in the coming weeks. To learn more about Connecticut’s Kid Governor, visit the program’s website at ct.kidgovernor.org. Information about Connecticut’s Old State House and its other school programs can be found at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

Located in historic downtown Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Connecticut’s Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. Visitors can also shop online at shop.ctoldstatehouse.org. The Old State House Farmers Market will remain open until the end of October. The market provides visitors the opportunity to shop for locally grown produce and Made-in-CT crafts on Tuesdays and Fridays. For more information on admission prices, school programs, 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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Connecticut’s Old State House Awarded Grant by CT Humanities to Assess Connecticut’s Civic Health

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October 13, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT – Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford has received a $9,458 grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides grants to historical societies for exhibitions and programs exploring Connecticut’s rich history.

This grant will enable Connecticut’s Old State House to continue the popular and free Conversations at Noon and Old State House Town Hall Meeting series, which will carry a new theme for next year: Choosing to Participate: Renewing Connecticut’s Civic Health. For the next 12 months, the Old State House will highlight indicators that are used to assess Connecticut residents’ level of civic participation – such as attending public meetings, registering to vote, talking to neighbors, eating dinner with family members and donating to charity – to name a few.
Through discussions with scholars, government officials, experts, activists and the public, journalist Diane Smith of the Connecticut Network (CT-N) will explore the history, current status and rewards of civic participation in Connecticut.
This week, on Tuesday, October 13, the Old State House explored the ins and outs of town government during its latest installment of Conversations at Noon: Not Just a Spectator Sport: Connecticut’s Local Government & You. The series continues in November with Don’t Mince Your Words: Conversations at the Thanksgiving Table, which will showcase the value of healthy dinner conversation, and in December with Taking Care of Our Own: The History of Philanthropy in Connecticut, which will focus on charitable giving – another civic health indicator.
All of these programs are free and open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities. More information about programs hosted by Connecticut’s Old State House can be found on the Old State House’s website, www.ctoldstatehouse.org, and the Connecticut’s Old State House Facebook page.
Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.
Located in historic downtown Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of
government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Connecticut’s Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. Visitors can also shop online at
shop.ctoldstatehouse.org. The Old State House Farmers Market will remain open until the end of October. The market provides visitors the opportunity to shop for locally grown produce and Made-in-CT crafts on Tuesdays and Fridays. 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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