Pinchot Sycamore Art Contest
In honor of Gifford Pinchot’s 150th birthday, the SFL is sponsoring a contest to find the best artwork portraying Simsbury’s Pinchot Sycamore tree, which was named after Gifford Pinchot. Born in Simsbury on August 11, 1865 at his grandfather’s house (now the Simsbury 1820 House), Gifford Pinchot went on to cofound the Yale School of Forestry and become the first Chief of the U.S. Forestry Service. Pinchot was conservation advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt and served two separate terms as Governor of Pennsylvania.
Children and teens living or attending school in Simsbury are invited to join the competition. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Teens (13-18) and Children (12 and younger). Prizes in each category are $25 for first place, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place.
Submissions must be original and can be in the form of paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be two-dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media, computer generated art, or photography.
Artists interested in entering the competition may drop off artwork during our regular hours, with a completed release form affixed to the back, at the Simsbury Free Library at 749 Hopmeadow Street beginning on August 4, 2015. The deadline to deliver submissions is September 1, 2015. Release forms are available at the Simsbury Free Library or click here Pinchot Sycamore Art Contest Release Form.
Artwork will be displayed from September 8-26, 2015. There will be an open house on Thursday, September 17, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to honor the artists. Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m.
Genealogy Road Show with Diane LeMay
July 25th, August 8th and 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Our genealogist librarian, Diane LeMay, will try to solve any genealogy research problems patrons bring her. Free to members. $5 for non-members.
Genealogy Talk with Tom Howard
Personal Papers: Diaries and Account Books are Underutilized Family History Resources
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Account books and diaries are everyday records found everywhere but seldom used to fill in the daily life of our ancestors. What were they used for and by whom? Where are they found today? How can they be used to add meat to the personal stories of our ancestors? Mr. Howard will address these and other questions in his talk. Free to members; $5 for non-members. RSVPs recommended via email (email@example.com) or phone (860-408-1336).