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Connecticut’s Maritime Heritage
Tuesday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m.
Professor Tom Ratliffe is back with another exciting history talk – this time on Connecticut’s rich maritime heritage. Tom will cover ship building and the West Indies trade, whaling and fishing, Connecticut's state navy, the War of 1812, and of course the history of submarines. Free for members. $5 for non-members.
William Phelps Eno: Father of Transportation Engineering
Saturday, April 25th at 1:00 p.m.
The Simsbury Free Library will be open from 10-3 on Saturday, April 25th as part of the town wide Innovation Fair. T.J. Donohue, a SFL Trustee, will give a talk on William Phelps Eno at 1 p.m.
William Phelps Eno is known internationally as the "Father of Transportation Regulation". Mr. Eno was struck by the traffic jams in New York City as a child and went on to champion "Rules of the Road", which were adopted in New York City in 1903 as the world's first traffic control ordinances. His rules included many we now take for granted, such as right hand driving, passing on the left, the use of signals, and speed limits.
The William Phelps Eno Memorial Center was created and entrusted to the SFL in 1992 by the Eno Transportation Foundation. It is located in the Simsbury Free Library's main reading room and contains Mr. Eno's original furniture and artworks in a replica of his office and serves as an archive for his historic papers.
The SFL will have on hand various artifacts of William Phelps Eno including some of the five books he authored on traffic regulation, some of his letters from police commissioners, editors, ambassadors and politicians, as well as pictures of him at work here and abroad. Free.
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Chick Austin House Tour
Thursday, April 9th 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 below.) 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. Advance payment required.
Genealogy Road Show with Diane LeMay
April 11th, 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.
DROP IN BOOK CLUB
Dakota by Kathleen Norris
Tuesday, April 14th at 11:15 a.m.:
From Amazon.com: Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in Dakota, a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime, harsh and forgiving, steeped in history and myth. In thoughtful, discerning prose, she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see, and how that world also inhabits us. Her voice is a steady assurance that we can, and do, chart our spiritual geography wherever we go.
No need to join this book club. Just drop in when you are in town or when the book is of interest.
Chariots of Fire
Thursday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest. From Warner Brothers.
Chariots of Fire won 4 Academy Awards in 1982 for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Score. Free.