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Pinchot Sycamore Art Contest Reception
Wednesday, October 7th from 5-6:30 p.m.
In honor of Gifford Pinchot’s 150th birthday, the SFL sponsored a contest to find the best artwork portraying Simsbury’s Pinchot Sycamore tree. We are hosting a special reception on Wednesday, October 7th from 5-6:30 p.m. for the artists' friends and family where the winners will be announced. The public is welcome. No RSVP is necessary. The wonderful art will be on display through Saturday, October 10th, during regular hours.
Drop In Book Club: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:15 a.m.
From Amazon: The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
The SFL is looking to add new members to the book club. It is a drop in book club, so members can come any time they are interested in a book and/or when they are in town. Previous Book Club titles include: The Boys in the Boat, One Thousand White Women, Empty Mansions and Dakota. Free.
Connecticut’s Borders and Firelands with Tom Ratliffe
Tuesday, October 20th at 1:00 p.m.
Ever wonder how Connecticut came to have the shape it does (like the little notch in the top center and the tail or panhandle in the southwest corner)? Or why several towns in Northeastern Ohio have Connecticut place names (like Avon, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, and Hartford)? The story of our political boundaries is full of curious events, individuals, and disagreements covering almost two hundred years but fits nicely into a seventy-five minute discussion (complete with Power Point slides). Professor Tom Ratliffe is back with another exciting history talk – this time on Connecticut’s unusual borders and the firelands in Ohio.
Free to members, $5 for non-members.
Hunting For Witches in Your Family Tree
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Talk of witches often brings the famous Salem Witch Trials to mind, but punishment for practicing witchcraft was not unique to colonial Massachusetts. A strong fear of witchcraft was prevalent in 15th century Europe where strict laws against witchcraft were put into effect. It is estimated that around 1,000 people were hanged as witches in England over a 200 year period.
It is estimated that about 26,000 accused witches were burned at the stake in Germany between 1610 and 1840, it. In Scotland, 3,000-5,000 witches were executed in the 16th and 17th century. Connecticut had its share of witches as well.
Learn how to track witches in your family tree with professional genealogist Marilyn Giese. Whether your ancestor was actually a practicing witch, or someone accused of or involved with witchcraft or witch hunting, it can add a touch of interest to your family history.
Free to members, $5 for non-members. To make a reservation or for more information, call 860-408-1336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogy Road Show with Diane LeMay
October 10th, 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.
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BOOK OF WORLD WAR I LETTERS
WRITTEN BY SIMSBURY NATIVE
Thank you so much to Joe Hall (of Hall's Farm on Terry's Plain) for sharing his great uncle's World War I letters and allowing us to scan them. If you are a Simsbury or WWI history buff, stop in and have a look at our book of 44 letters that George L. Hall sent home between August 11, 1917 and October 21, 1918. Sadly, George was killed in action on October 28th, 1918, just 2 weeks before the Germans surrendered.
The letters are a great look at the life of a 20-21 year old soldier in World War I and there a number of Simsbury tidbits as well. George mentions the other Simsbury boys he sees in France, asks his mother to send fruit cake, hard candies and American cigarettes and tobacco, mentions the Hartford Courant and the "Farmington Valley", talks about how he can't tell them much because of the censors (most of the letters have the censor's signature, and at least one letter has a word or phrase cut out), he asks his brother how the Simsbury football team is doing, and the Home Guard.
We hope to have the letters available to view on our website in the near future.
An Oral History with Thelma Hall
Interested in Simsbury's history? Our interview with Thelma Hall is now up on SCTV's website (simsburytv.org). Her daughter, Joanne Vanty, asked her questions about her nearly 90 years in Simsbury. Mrs. Hall has great memories of growing up in Simsbury: her father, the station master, walking to school in the snow and so much more. Check it out!
Click here to see the interview.