Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What Were They Thinking? Hartford Then and Now - Wednesday, May 22 at Noon

Out with the old, in with the new! That’s what urban planners thought in the 1960s when they demolished “the crown jewel of Main Street” and other landmark buildings in Hartford. What were they thinking? Today, Hartford is striving to incorporate old and new buildings into the fabric of the city. On Wednesday, May 22, join Tomas Nenortas, Associate Director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance for an illustrated talk exploring the impact of urban renewal on the city of Hartford, lost treasures and current efforts to restore historic buildings and adapt them for 21st century life. Afterwards, join in a panel discussion on the challenges and economic impact of historic preservation in the capital city and beyond. Find out about innovative projects underway that go beyond saving old buildings and bring them to life.
The Connecticut Network’s Diane Smith will moderate the panel discussion including: Helen Higgins, Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Frank Hagaman, Executive Director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, and Deputy Commissioner Kip Bergstrom from the Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  The program is FREE, begins at noon.
Bring your lunch and enjoy the program! Registrations are encouraged but not required. Register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSH2013Lectures.
This program is co-sponsored by CT Explored.
At the Old State House in June: Diane Smith discusses her new book Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own, written with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, and looks at the high cost of obesity in Connecticut, and how to turn it around. June 19 at 12 pm, Free. 

Connecticut’s Old State House will validate parking tickets from the State Street South Parking Garage (formerly the Constitution Plaza garage) and State House Square Garage. The cost, after validating, is $5. The validation is good all day.  

Throughout 2013, the Old State House will have a variety of lunchtime lectures and other special events and programming. Visit the calendar on http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org for more information.  

Located in Hartford just minutes from the Connecticut Science Center, Wadsworth Athenaeum and the riverfront, Connecticut’s Old State House invites visitors of all ages to discover that their voices matter, and that words, ideas, persuasion and debate really can change minds – and, quite possibly, the world.  The building served as the Constitution State’s original seat of government from 1796 to 1878. 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 at www.twitter.com/CTOldStateHouse or visit us online at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.