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Simsbury Free Library
749 Hopmeadow Street
P.O.Box 484
Simsbury, CT 06070
Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 to 5:00
2nd and 4th Saturdays
10:00 to 2:00
860/408-1336

Email: simsburyfreelibrary@gmail.com
Chick Austin House Tour
 

 


William Phelps Talk



 
 
Farmington Canal Tour
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS   

 

History Lectures
 
Hartford from 1820 to 1920 with Tom Ratliff 
Tuesday, September, 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Professor Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale immigration as the 19th century ended and the 20th century began.  This is a repeat of the popular talk he gave last spring.  Free for members.  $5 for non-members.
 
Farmington Canal with Carl Walters
Saturday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Award-winning canal historian Carl Walters will talk about the social, economic and engineering history of this attempt to create an inland waterway connecting New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts and beyond.    Free for members. $5 for non-members.
 

Genealogy Programs

September 27 at 10-2:  Genealogy Road Show 
If you are researching your family tree, but don't know where else to look to find your missing ancestors, bring in your tree.  Genealogy librarian Diane LeMay can help with deciphering handwriting, online research, Massachusetts and French-Canadian research and much more.  Free to members.  $5 for nonmembers.
 
October 25 at 11 a.m.:  Organizing Documents and Charts 
If you have piles of documents and charts on your genealogy, come hear Diane LeMay discuss her methods of organizing with genealogy software.  Free to members.  $5 for nonmembers.


Movies/Documentaries

September 18th at 1 p.m.: Cutie and the Boxer  

The documentary followed the story of 19-year-old art student Noriko, who fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world.  "CUTIE AND THE BOXER  is a powerful and poignant documentary about creativity, sacrifice, and a love that is its own unique work of art." (from Amazon)  Rated R.  Free.

 
Other Happenings 
 
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tour & Lunch
Thursday, October 16 at noon
Have you ever wondered about the beautiful stone arch in Bushnell Park? We will meet our guide at the base of the arch on Trinity Street for a 30-40 minute informative tour. We get to climb the 96 steps into the arch, where another guide will point out the Angels at the top of the towers. Most of the speaking tour is on the ground for those who do not wish to make the climb.  This tour offers an amazing view of the park and the city.

After the tour we will head Vito's on the Park for a delicious 1:00 lunch of Caeser salad prepared table side by the Chef, pasta marinara, chicken parmesan and roasted vegetables and afresh fruit flambe with apricot mascarpone cream prepared table side by the Chef.  Price is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, which includes the tour and lunch.  Space is limited.  Reservations required ahead of tour.

Chick Austin House Tour
Thursday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand!.  If you have ever wondered about that strange flat "Cardboard House" on Scarborough Avenue, here is your chance to tour the house of Chick Austin, the former director of the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Chick set out to introduce modern art to America and transform Hartford, the conservative insurance capital, into a cultural mecca that would become the talk of the art world during the years between the two world wars.  (See the photo album above.)  The tour costs $25 for members and $30 for non-members, and includes a docent-led tour of the house and same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Space is limited.

Drop In Book Club

No need to join this book club.  Just drop in when you are in town or when the book is of interest.

Tuesday, October 14th at 11:15 a.m.:  Book of Ages - Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
 
 
 
 
                         
 
 


 

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Tuesday, May 20th, 1 p.m.
Connecticut History Talk with Tom Ratliff:  "Hartford from 1820-1920"
  
In this fifth and final lecture in his series exploring Connecticut's rich historical past, Tom Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale i
Tuesday, May 20th, 1 p.m.
Connecticut History Talk with Tom Ratliff:  "Hartford from 1820-1920"
  
In this fifth and final lecture in his series exploring Connecticut's rich historical past, Tom Ratliff will talk about the period of rapid industrial growth and large-scale i
 
PAST PROGRAMS

        
 
CONGRATULATIONS HISTORY DAY COMPETITORS!
 
 
History Day Competitors:  Kevin Gyurco, Sammi Dowd, Montana McMahon, Emilee Buytkins,  adviser Grantland Rogers, and Rachel Baumann (Igor Banaszuk not pictured).
 
The Simsbury Free Library was happy to support the 6 hardworking high school students who participated in this year's History Day in Connecticut competition.  
 
Congratulations to the two projects that placed in the District Competition at Torrington High School on March 15th:  Seniors Emilee Buytkins, Sammi Dowd and Igor Banaszuk won first place in the Group Documentary division and Freshman Montana McMahon won second place in the Individual Exhibit division!  These students will advance to the March 26th State Competition at Central Connecticut State University. 
 
Click Hartford Courant Article to read more about it!! 
 
Many thanks to history teacher Grantland Rogers, Simsbury Historical Society and the Simsbury Public Schools for their help in furthering an interest in history in Simsbury.