Monday, August 24, 2015

Start Time Announced for September 16 Event with Amistad Rebellion Author Marcus Rediker

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For Immediate Release
August 24, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the film screening starting promptly at 7 p.m. The Q&A session will begin around 8 p.m., with the event ending by 9 p.m.

HARTFORD, CT - Marcus Rediker gave the world a new way to look at Connecticut’s Amistad story. Often told as a tale of court cases and American abolitionists, Rediker reminds us that the Amistad captives - the men and children at the heart of the story - earned their own freedom by applying civic and leadership skills honed in Africa and used in tandem with American supporters.

Now, Rediker’s powerful book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, has a companion piece in a prize-winning documentary film.

On the evening of September 16, Connecticut’s Old State House will welcome writer, producer and University of Pittsburgh professor Marcus Rediker for a special Q&A session and screening of Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels.

Director Tony Buba’s Ghosts of Amistad chronicles a 2013 journey to Sierra Leone where Rediker
interviewed village elders about the local memory of the famous 1839 Amistad Rebellions and searched for the long-lost ruins of the Lomboko slave trading factory where the Amistad captives were held prior to their Atlantic voyage.

The film screening will take place in the Courtroom of Connecticut’s Old State House, the very same room in which the Amistad men and children made their first court appearance during the Amistad
trials. Rediker will introduce the film and take part in a Q&A session where audience members can ask questions and share their feedback on his book, the film and our local memory of the Amistad Rebellion and trials. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the film screening starting promptly at 7 p.m. The Q&A session will begin around 8 p.m., with the event ending by 9 p.m.


Registration for this event is encouraged, but not required. You can register here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Amistad Rebellion Author Marcus Rediker to Discuss & Screen Film Evening of September 16

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

Hartford, CT - Marcus Rediker gave the world a new way to look at Connecticut’s Amistad story. Often told as a tale of court cases and American abolitionists, Rediker reminds us that the Amistad captives - the men and children at the heart of the story - earned their own freedom by applying civic and leadership skills honed in Africa and used in tandem with American supporters.

Now, Rediker’s powerful book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, has a companion piece in a prize-winning documentary film.

On the evening of September 16, Connecticut’s Old State House will welcome writer, producer and University of Pittsburgh professor Marcus Rediker for a special Q&A session and screening of Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels.

Director Tony Buba’s Ghosts of Amistad chronicles a 2013 journey to Sierra Leone where Rediker interviewed village elders about the local memory of the famous 1839 Amistad Rebellions and searched for the long-lost ruins of the Lomboko slave trading factory where the Amistad captives were held prior to their Atlantic voyage.

The film screening will take place in the Courtroom of Connecticut’s Old State House, the very same room in which the Amistad men and children made their first court appearance during the Amistad trials. Rediker will introduce the film and take part in a Q&A session where audience members can ask questions and share their feedback on his book, the film and our local memory of the Amistad Rebellion and trials. This event is free and open to the public. A start time will be announced in the coming weeks via press release and social media announcements.

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 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. The Old State House Farmers Market is currently open for the season and 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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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CT Student & Teacher Return Home from WWII History Lesson in Normandy

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

Hartford, CT - Teacher Lisa-Brit Wahlberg and her student, Connor Lisle, from The Master’s School in History Day in Connecticut, an affiliate program of National History Day, on the trip.
Simsbury recently returned from Normandy, France after they had the experience of a lifetime. They were one of fifteen student and teacher pairs who participated in the Albert H. Small Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Student and Teacher Institute. Lisa-Brit and Connor represented


The 2015 Normandy Institute Group at Utah Beach in France

Each teacher and student pair researched a service member from their home state who died in the Normandy Invasion. Connor and his teacher explored the life of Harlan E Rugg, a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne AAA Division from Fairfield, Connecticut. Harlan served as a Glider trooper, landing behind enemy lines on June 6, 1944. He was 22 years old when he was killed. Connor conducted extensive research at museums and historical societies, including the Fairfield Museum, about his "Silent Hero." The fifteen soldiers researched by participants were honored with eulogies read by the students at their graves in the American cemetery in Normandy, France. The teams created websites about their soldier.

"The Normandy Institute allowed me to see historical locations and hear firsthand from primary sources about how the Battle of Normandy was fought and understand about the human sacrifice our soldiers made for our freedom and the people of France, "commented Ms. Wahlberg. "I plan," she continued "to bring these influences back into my classroom."

The Albert H. Small Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Student and Teacher Institute seeks to teach a new generation about the sacrifices and challenges faced during World War II. The program is coordinated by National History Day and is funded by a generous donation from Mr. Albert H. Small, a veteran himself. In its fifth year, the program brings students and teachers from around the world to Washington, D.C. for visits to the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, and lectures from World War II veterans and historians. The final stage was a journey to Normandy, France where participants traced the route of their Silent Hero, walked on the beaches of Normandy, and, using their extensive research, read a powerful eulogy at the grave of their Silent Hero.
 
History Day in Connecticut is an affiliate program of the renowned academic program, National History Day (NHD).  The program 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.
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Conversation with Connecticut's Education Commissioner - Conversations at Noon - Tuesday, August 11

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July 27, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

On Tuesday, August 11 at Connecticut’s Old State House, the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will sit down for a one-on-one interview with the state’s newly appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell.

After a 25 year career in education, comprised of 12 years in the classroom and a number of administrative positions - including Hartford Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Chief Academic Officer of the State Department of Education - Dr. Wentzell officially took over Connecticut’s top education post in April after briefly serving as Interim Commissioner. During her sit down with Smith, she will discuss her goals as Commissioner, the state’s new Social Studies Frameworks, using feedback from new student assessments, capacity building for teachers and leaders, the School Based Diversion Initiative and the efforts needed to help all of Connecticut’s students attain future success.
This installment of Conversations at Noon is free to the public and begins at noon. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation.
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 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. The Old State House Farmers Market is currently open for the season and 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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Exhibit Celebrates Connecticut Student Historians’ Achievements: Connecticut’s Old State House – Opens Saturday, July 18

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

Hartford, CT – An exhibition featuring projects created by History Day in Connecticut student historians will open to the public on Saturday, July 18 with an opening reception taking place from 1 – 4 p.m. at Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford. History Day in Connecticut students will attend the reception and share their projects, many of which received special recognition at a Regional, State or National Contest.


At 2 p.m. a special showcase will take place as students who participated in the documentary and performance categories at the National History Day Contest will provide screenings and performances of their projects.

The History Day in Connecticut exhibition will be on display from Saturday, July 18 until early October 2015. Connecticut’s Old State House, which is currently operating on its Summer Schedule, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about the exhibition and Connecticut’s Old State House can be found at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

Over 4,000 middle and high school students participate in History Day in Connecticut, one of 57 affiliate programs of National History Day (NHD), a renowned, year-long academic program. The road to National History Day begins in Connecticut’s classrooms and home schools where students choose topics reflecting the annual NHD theme, conduct research and create an project based on one of the five NHD categories – exhibit, performance, website, paper or documentary. Of these, over one thousand students competed in the 2015 Regional Contests, with 400 finalists moving on to the State Contest. The Connecticut State Contest, which took place May 9 at Central Connecticut State University, sent first and second place winners to the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in June.

History Day in Connecticut is made possible by a strong collaboration among many of Connecticut’s history organizations. Together they work with dedicated educators to help students develop critical thinking skills and a passion for learning and sharing history. A shared goal is to encourage a life-long interest in Connecticut’s rich stories, archives, historic buildings and museum collections. The collaboration is led by Connecticut’s Old State House, funded by Connecticut Humanities and supported by the Connecticut League of History Organizations, the Connecticut Historical Society, Central Connecticut State University and scores of historical societies and civic groups who provide special prizes at the state level.

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 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. The Old State House Farmers Market is currently open for the season and 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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

"History for All: Telling Stories of Everyone's Past" - Conversations at Noon, Tuesday, July 21

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

How can museums and cultural institutions take a broader view of Connecticut history and include the people who are often discounted or even ignored? On Tuesday, July 21 Laurie Pasteryak Lamarre, Executive Director of the Institute for American Indian Studies, will begin a discussion on how museums and interpreters have shaped our past, the challenges museums face in trying to share everyone’s story and how we can take a more expansive look at Connecticut history.

Following Ms. Lamarre’s talk, the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will lead a panel conversation with special guests Frank Mitchell, Assistant Director and Curator of the The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Ruth Garby Torres, an independent scholar and author, and Jody Blankenship, Executive Director of the Connecticut Historical Society. Together the panel will discuss who we really once were and our museums’ roles in accurately interpreting the past.

History for All: Telling Stories of Everyone’s Past, an installment of Conversations at Noon, is free and open to the public. The program will begin noon and attendees are encouraged to both bring their lunch and join the conversation.

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 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. 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, June 18, 2015

Connecticut Student Historians Win Awards at National History Day Contest: Students from Southport are National Champions

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June 18, 2015
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
860-246-1553 ext. 116
 
Hartford, CT/College Park, MD –Connecticut’s top student historians participated in the prestigious National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in College Park from June 15 to June 18.  Seventy-six Connecticut students competed with more than 2,900 students from across the country.  Several Connecticut students received special recognition.
 
 
Annabel Barry, Quinn Barry, Isabelle Altherr, Maxwell Chung, and Shannon Madden won First Place in Senior Group Performance for their project A Terrible Beauty is Born: The Leadership of James Connolly and Patrick Pearse and the Controversial Legacy of the Easter Rising. The national champions are students at Pequot Home School in Southport.
 
Sam Porcello won Third Place in Senior Individual Exhibit for his project Pope’s Not So Ordinary Legacy: Paving the Way for America’s Mobility. Sam is a student at Conard High School in West Hartford.
 
The Outstanding Connecticut Entry Award in the Senior Division was awarded to Swati Rath, Smrithi Raman, Sahiti Alavala for their Senior Group Website, World Wide Webster, a project about Noah Webster.  They are students at Farmington High School.  Jack Higgins from Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden won Outstanding Connecticut Entry in the Junior Division for his Individual Documentary, The Quiet Leadership of Major Karl Plagge.
 
Emma Cook of Southington, a student from Classical Magnet School in Hartford, was selected for a Salute to Courage Award.  She and a chaperone will be attending the opening of the Road to Tokyo exhibition at the World War II Museum in New Orleans later this year.
 
 
Anaisja Henry of Hartford, a student at Renzulli Academy in Hartford, attended “Breakfast on the Hill” with members of Congress, an event sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities. Anaisja participated in the Junior Individual Website category.
 
 
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet: Leader in Deaf Education, an exhibit created by Jayde Zainc, Jackie Tavoletti, and Cassie Reilly from Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, was one of only fifty seven projects featured at “National History Night” at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, June 17.  Tanusri Bell, a student from the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, was one of only 25 students selected to participate in a special Paper Writers' Event at the Library of Congress. Featured speakers included the Historian of the House of Representatives, Matthew Wasniewski.
 
Photos from the Connecticut Delegation’s week at the National History Day Contest can be found on the History Day in Connecticut Facebook page.
 
 
During the five-day contest, the Connecticut delegation spent a day exploring Washington D.C.  They met with Senator Richard Blumenthal, visited the U.S. Capitol, toured the National Archives and enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to the Map Department of the Library of Congress.
 
 
History Day students spent months conducting historical research and creating projects (paper, exhibits, websites, documentaries, and performances).  The students who participated in the National Contest had previously placed first or second at the State History Day Contest, which was held on May 9, 2015 at Central Connecticut State University.
 
 
Over 4,000 middle and high school students participate in History Day in Connecticut, one of 57 affiliate programs of National History Day, a renowned, year-long, academic program.  The road to National History Day (NHD) usually begins in Connecticut’s classrooms and home schools where students choose topics reflecting an annual NHD theme, conduct research and analysis and create an exhibit, performance, website, paper or documentary that shares their findings. Of these, over a thousand students competed in this year’s Regional Contests, with 400 of winners going on to the State Contest, which sends first and second-place winners on to Nationals.
 
 
All of this is made possible by a strong collaboration among many of Connecticut’s history organizations who work with dedicated educators to help students develop critical thinking skills and a passion for learning and sharing history. A shared goal is to encourage a life-long interest in Connecticut’s rich stories, archives, historic buildings and museum collections. The collaboration is led by Connecticut’s Old State House, funded by Connecticut Humanities, and supported by the Connecticut League of History Organizations, the Connecticut Historical Society, Central Connecticut State University and scores of historical societies and civic groups who provide special prizes at the state level.
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