Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Conversation with Helen Higgins: Preservation Powerhouse - Tuesday, June 16 at Noon

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For Immediate Release
May 28, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

With a history that goes back centuries, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon a historic district or building as you travel through Connecticut’s villages, towns and cities. Thanks to the efforts of preservation groups, those residing in or visiting Connecticut can admire the buildings and sites that were also enjoyed by those who came well before us, including Connecticut’s Old State House.

On Tuesday, June 16, Old State House visitors can join a conversation on why preserving our history, particularly our buildings, is so important. Helen Higgins, the retiring Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will join the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith for a one-on-one interview as Connecticut’s Old State House hosts another engaging installment of Conversations at Noon.
During her years at the helm of the Trust, Higgins provided technical preservation assistance to communities, developed a wide-range of grant programs for saving and securing our past, and surveyed projects that recognized historic resources – including barns, industrial sites and locations associated with 20th century artists and writers.  Higgins will discuss the Trust’s evolution into an important voice for Connecticut’s historic buildings, landscapes and communities, while also reflecting on her personal experiences after an impressive 18-year career of saving buildings comes to a close.
This program is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy the conversation.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Student Historians Honored at Connecticut History Day Contest: Students will represent CT at National Contest in June

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May 12, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

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New Britain – Connecticut’s top student historians were honored on Saturday, May 9 at the Connecticut History Day Contest, which took place at Central Connecticut State University. Over 400 students competed in the annual contest, which determines who will make up the Connecticut Delegation at the National History Day Contest scheduled to take place at the University of Maryland in June.

This year students presented their projects, based on the 2015 History Day theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, in one of five categories – either as an individual or as a group. History Day categories include exhibits, papers, performances, websites and documentaries. To qualify for the Connecticut History Day Contest, students must have placed within the top three in their category at their Regional Contest. The six Regional Contests, which are based in Hartford, Torrington, Manchester, New Haven, Fairfield and Mansfield, took place throughout March.

Students who placed first or second in their respective categories at the State Contest have been invited to represent Connecticut at the National History Day Contest where over 2,500 students from across the United States will compete for prizes and scholarships. Nearly 30 special prizes, sponsored by various Connecticut groups and organizations, were awarded to students as well. The results of the 2015 Connecticut History Day Contest can be seen here. Each of the first place winners and their teachers received a free subscription to Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut History.

History Day teachers were also honored at the State Contest. The Patricia Behring Connecticut Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Sharon Wlodarczyk of Southbury (Junior Division) and Al Meadows of Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven (Senior Division). The History Channel Award was presented to Alice Warren, an educator at Fairfield Woods Middle School in Fairfield.

More than one hundred local historians, educators, museum professionals and history lovers served as judges at this year’s State Contest. The First Company of the Governor’s Foot Guard provided a rousing start to the Award Ceremony, where hundreds of students waited eagerly to hear the results from the day. State Historian Dr. Walter Woodward, new Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and Stephen Armstrong of the State Department of Education assisted in congratulating all the students and presenting awards to the winners.

History Day in Connecticut is one of 56 affiliate programs of National History Day. It is led by Connecticut’s Old State House, with support from the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations and the ConnecticutHistory.org website. Major funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Conversations at Noon: Hartford Blooms: The Greening of a City - Tuesday, May 19

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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT - Spring finally arrives in Hartford on Tuesday, May 19 as Connecticut’s Old State House cultivates a conversation about how horticulture drives civic engagement. Former Executive Director of the Knox Parks Foundation Jack Hale will discuss the legacy of City Councilwoman Betty Knox , who believed in the connection between the two subjects, and how the Capital City’s greening movement of the 1970s impacted present day Hartford. For a quarter century Hale nurtured community and school gardening projects, including neighborhood tree planting and volunteer landscaping activities, which blossomed into a successful program providing hundreds of jobs to local young people.

After his talk Hale will be joined by Ron Pitz, the man presently carrying on the work of Councilwoman Knox, and Mike McGarry, the organizer of Hartford Blooms. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the panel discussion, find out what’s next for the “green movement."
This program begins at Noon, is open to the public and free to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation.

Located in Hartford, just a short walk from the Wadsworth Atheneum and Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut’s Old State House was the Constitution State’s original seat of government from 1796 to 1878 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking
discounts nearby, follow the Old State House on Facebook and Twitter or visit its
website at www.ctoldstatehouse.org. Conversations at Noon is taped in front of a live audience by the Connecticut Network and can be viewed On-Demand on
www.CT-N.com.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top Student Historians Get Ready for Connecticut History Day Contest: Saturday, May 9 at Central Conn. State University

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For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

New Britain – More than 400 Connecticut middle and high school students have spent months digging into the history of the state, nation and world in preparation for the Connecticut History Day Contest taking place Saturday, May 9 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

This year, students will be presenting their projects based on the 2015 theme of Leadership and Legacy in History in hopes that they will qualify for the National History Day Contest taking place at the University of Maryland in June. Project topics have covered a diverse number of topics, including the leadership of local icons such as aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, artist J. Alden Weir and State Hero Nathan Hale – to name a few. A number of students have also taken on national and international subjects such as Coretta Scott King, Alan Turing and Julius Caesar. Contestants are able to compete in five categories – paper, performance, exhibit, documentary or website – either as an individual or within a group. More than one hundred local historians, educators, museum professionals and history lovers will volunteer as judges.

To qualify for the Connecticut History Day Contest students must have placed within the top three in their category at their Regional Contest. The six Regional Contests, which are based in Hartford, Torrington, Manchester, New Haven, Fairfield and Mansfield, took place throughout March. Students who place first or second in their respective categories at the State Contest will be invited to represent Connecticut at the National History Day Contest where over 2,500 students from across the United States will compete for prizes and scholarships.

Connecticut History Day Contest Schedule:
The Connecticut History Day Contest will begin with a Welcome Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Welte Auditorium on the Central Connecticut State University Campus in New Britain. Students will begin presenting projects at 9:30 a.m. in the nearby Social Sciences Building. Public viewing of this year’s History Day in Connecticut exhibits will take place from 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Constitution Room of Memorial Hall. Judging will conclude at 2 p.m.

The First Company of the Governor’s Foot Guard will provide a rousing start to the Award Ceremony, which is scheduled for a 3:45 p.m. start time in the Welte Auditorium. State Historian Dr. Walter Woodward, new Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and Stephen Armstrong of the State Department of Education will present medals and special prizes to student winners. The special prizes are sponsored by twenty Connecticut organizations, including The Institute for American Indian Studies, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Supreme Court Historical Society. The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award and the History Channel Award will also be presented to History Day in Connecticut educators.

Media & Public
Both the media and the public are welcome to attend the contest during the presentation phase and at the Awards Ceremony (3:45 p.m. start time). For more information about the History Day in Connecticut program, contact State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at (860) 522-6766 ext. 11.

History Day in Connecticut is one of 56 affiliate programs of National History Day. It is led by Connecticut’s Old State House, with support from the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations and the ConnecticutHistory.org website. Major funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Exploring Connecticut and the Slave Trade: Tuesday, April 21 at Noon

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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT – On Tuesday, April 21 Connecticut’s Old State House will explore the Nutmeg State’s seldom discussed role in America’s slave trade as it welcomes historian Anne Farrow, author of The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory, to be the featured speaker during the next installment of Conversations at Noon. Farrow has spent the last decade exploring the content and meaning of an 18th-century New London slave ship’s set of logbooks. Her new book discusses three 1757 voyages of the slave ship Africa, including a journey from New London to the tiny island of Bence in Sierra Leone to take on fresh water and slaves.  These voyages, documented by the ship owner’s son, unearth new realities of Connecticut’s slave trade and question how we could have forgotten this part of our past so completely. 

Following Farrow’s talk, she will be joined by Dr. Robert Wolff, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, and Dr. Allegra di Bonaventura, author of For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England, for a panel discussion moderated by the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith. Following the program, there will be a book signing with Ms. Farrow and Dr. di Bonaventura in the Old State House Shop.

This installment of Conversations at Noon is co-sponsored with the Stanley Whitman House. This program is free to attend and begins promptly at Noon on Tuesday, April 21.

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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

250 Students Compete at Annual History Day Regional Contest in Hartford: Finalists Move on to Connecticut State Contest on May 9 at CCSU

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For Immediate Release
March 31, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 26-1553 ext. 116

Hartford, CT This past Saturday, March 28, 2015, over 250 students representing the communities of Bristol, Hartford, East Granby and East Windsor presented their History Day projects to judges at the Hartford Regional History Day in Connecticut Contest at Capital Community College.

History Day participants can choose to present their projects, which must be based on this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, 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. The final results from the History Day in Connecticut Regional Contest can be seen here.

The following schools took part in the Hartford Regional Contest:
 
Bulkeley High School, Hartford
Capital Preparatory Magnet, Hartford
Classical Magnet School, Hartford
East Granby Middle School, East Granby
East Windsor Middle School, East Windsor
Renzulli Academy, Hartford

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. Support comes 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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

250 Students Compete at Annual History Day Regional Contest in Manchester: Finalists Move on to Connecticut State Contest on May 9 at CCSU

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Manchester, CT This past Saturday, March 28, 2015, over 250 students representing the communities of Bloomfield, Broad Brook, Coventry, Cromwell, Ellington, Enfield, Granby, Manchester, Portland, Putnam, South Windsor, Stafford Springs, Windsor Locks and Vernon  presented their History Day projects to judges at the Manchester Regional History Day in Connecticut Contest at Manchester High School.

State Representatives Kelly Luxenberg and Mark Tweedie presented awards to students who placed within the top three of their respective categories at an Award Ceremony that took place at the end of the day.

History Day participants can choose to present their projects, which must be based on this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, 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. The final results from the History Day in Connecticut Regional Contest can be viewed here.

The following schools took part in the Manchester Regional Contest:
 
Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon
JFK Middle School, Enfield
Portland Middle School, Portland
Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield
Cromwell High School, Cromwell
Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor
Granby Memorial Middle School, Granby
St. Edward School, Stafford Springs
Putnam Science Academy, Putnam
Ellington High School, Ellington
East Windsor Middle School, Broad Brook
Manchester High School, Manchester
Coventry High School, Coventry

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. Support comes 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.