Monday, April 25, 2016

400 Connecticut Student Historians to Compete at CHD State Contest: April 30 at Central Connecticut State University

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


Over 400 middle and high school student historians will compete at the Connecticut History Day (CHD) State Contest this Saturday, April 30 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.  Eighty one Connecticut schools will be represented at this annual contest. The students participating have previously finished first, second, or third at one of the six Regional State Contests that took place throughout Connecticut earlier this spring. The students will be competing for the chance to participate in the prestigious National History Day® (NHD) Contest at the University of Maryland (June 12-16), where 2,000 other students from around the country will also be representing their respective states.

The student historians have spent months researching historical topics of their own choice related to this year’s national theme of Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The students, who choose to work alone or in a group, present their projects in one of five categories: Paper, Documentary, Exhibit, Website, or Performance.   The projects will be presented to teams of volunteer judges, who must choose the top three projects in each category. First and second place finishers will advance to the National Contest.  Additionally, over twenty Special Prizes, sponsored by numerous museums and non-profit organizations from across the state, will be presented to students.
The CHD State Contest will begin with a Welcome Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Welte Auditorium where CCSU Provost Dr. Carl Lovitt will be on hand.  Students will begin presenting their projects at 9:30 a.m. in the Social Sciences Building and Davidson Hall.  Judging is set to conclude by 2:30 p.m.

At 3:45 p.m., hundreds of students, parents and teachers will once more congregate at Welte Auditorium to hear the final results of the day at the CHD Award Ceremony. For the third straight year, the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Band will kick-off the ceremony with a rousing performance. CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover will be joined by special guests for the presentation of CHD State Contest Awards, including Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna Wentzell, CCSU’s Dr. Matthew Warshauer, and the Executive Director of Connecticut’s Old State House Sally Whipple.

Follow the day’s activities with the hashtag #CHDStates.
Connecticut History Day is led by Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford, with support from the Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities’ website, www.ConnecticutHistory.org.  Major funding for CHD is provided by Connecticut Humanities. You can learn more about Connecticut History Day by visiting the program’s website, www.historydayct.org, and by following CHD on Facebook and Twitter. The National History Day® website may be viewed at www.nhd.org.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Connecticut’s Old State House to Look Back at Women Doctors’ Wartime Service on Tuesday, April 12

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For Immediate Release
March 30, 2016
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Hartford – Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford will look back at Connecticut women physicians’ service during World War I for the next installment of its popular lunchtime Conversations at Noon series – Volunteer forVictory: Connecticut Women in WWI - on Tuesday, April 12.

Attendees will discover how our state’s women doctors served overseas for the American Red Cross and the American Women’s Hospitals during The Great War. Central Connecticut State University’s Dr. Heather Munro Prescott will discuss the impact of their service and their status within Connecticut’s medical field. Following her talk, award-winning journalist Diane Smith of the Connecticut Network (CT-N) will lead a panel discussion on volunteerism, both past and present, with Dr. Prescott, author Dave Drury, and Katie Zahara from the Emerging Leaders Society at United Way.

This program is co-sponsored with the Connecticut World War I Centennial Committee and the Conversations at Noon series is supported by Connecticut Humanities. Volunteer for Victory: Connecticut Women in WWI begins at noon, and is free & open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation.
Connecticut’s Old State House will be live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #ConvoAtNoon.
Connecticut’s Old State House will follow up this installment with The 1843 Petition: Gaining Religious Freedom for Connecticut Jews on Tuesday, May 24. You can learn more about this program and other events at Connecticut’s Old State House by visiting www.ctoldstatehouse.org or by liking the Old State House on Facebook.
 
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, March 14, 2016

Connecticut’s Old State House to Explore Fights for Women’s Rights - Both Past & Present. Conversations at Noon: Tuesday, March 22 at Noon

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For Immediate Release
March 14, 2016
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov


Hartford, CT – Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford will host the next installment of its popular and free lunchtime Conversations at Noon series, Freedom or Death: Suffrage for All, on Tuesday, March 22.
Connecticut was a hot spot during the fight for women’s right to vote, leading to Englishwoman Emmeline Pankhurst’s fiery 1913 “Freedom or Death” speech in Hartford. Writer Steve Thornton will explore the impact of what has been called “one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century.” Following his talk, the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate a panel discussion on the rights that women are fighting for today with Thornton, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut Mary Barneby, and the Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women Carolyn Treiss.
Conversations at Noon is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities. This event will begin at noon on Tuesday, March 22 and last for one hour. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation.
Following Freedom or Death: Suffrage for All, Connecticut’s Old State House will host Volunteer for Victory: Connecticut Women inWWI on Tuesday, April 12. Dr. Heather Munro Prescott of Central Connecticut State University will discuss the impact of women doctors’ wartime service and their status within Connecticut’s medical field. A panel discussion on volunteerism, both past and present, will follow. Co-sponsored with the Connecticut World War I Centennial Committee.
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, 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.