UPDATE: The March 22 and April 19 events at Waterbury Senior Center have been cancelled. Events have been rescheduled for the fall at the Mattatuck Museum. Stay tuned for more information.

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April 2017

Fighting on Two Fronts: The Puerto Rican Experience in World War I

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera of Hunter College, New York will give a talk focusing on the experience of Puerto Ricans in the United States military in the 20th century, addressing issues of nation building, national identities, citizenship, military institutions and imperial-colonial relations. Dr. Franqui-Rivera will deliver a 30-minute lecture, providing historical background and context, followed by a participatory discussion, including an opportunity for audience members to share their experiences and contribute to program topics.

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Over There: The World War I Diaries of Dr. Jessie Weston Fisher

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Russell Library, 123 Broad Street
Middletown , CT 06457 United States
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In April, 1918, Dr. Jessie Fisher left her home, her husband and her son in Middletown, to do her part for our nation’s effort in the First World War. She traveled to France, where she worked for the American Red Cross at a hospital at Beauvais, in Picardy.  During her time abroad Jessie kept two diaries, documenting her part in one of the most historically significant events of the 20th century. Sarah Fisher Spencer, Jessie Fisher’s great-granddaughter, Beverly York and…

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Middletown Digitization Day

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Russell Library, 123 Broad Street
Middletown , CT 06457 United States
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Do you have your grandfather's WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind? Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War One by bringing your collection to be scanned or photographed. We'll work with you to create a profile for the WWI era person…

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Roundtable Discussion: Expressions of War

April 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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A group comprised of military veterans, American Studies students from Hartford-area colleges, and active duty personnel will evaluate and discuss readings from the World War I period, led by Marcus Lawson, instructor of history at Capital Community College and veteran, Dr. Carlita Cotton, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Goodwin College and veteran, and Dave Ionno, member for City of Hartford Veterans Committee.  Topics will include the justification for/rejection of American involvement in war (WWI and subsequent conflicts), presenting opposing viewpoints…

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May 2017

My Fellow Soldiers with Andrew Carroll

May 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Historian and New York Times bestselling author Andrew Carroll will be at the Hartford Public Library speaking about his new book "My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War". The book is a comprehensive telling of the American experience in the war based on eyewitness accounts by General Pershing and other senior officers, as well as the troops, aviators, and nurses who risked—and often gave—their lives during this conflict. Many of their letters and diaries,…

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My Fellow Soldiers with Andrew Carroll

May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
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Historian and New York Times bestselling author Andrew Carroll will be at the New Haven Museum speaking about his new book "My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War". The book is a comprehensive telling of the American experience in the war based on eyewitness accounts by General Pershing and other senior officers, as well as the troops, aviators, and nurses who risked—and often gave—their lives during this conflict. Many of their letters and diaries, including…

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Hartford in World War I

May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Local historian and journalist David Drury, author of "Hartford in World War I", will deliver a presentation on the activities of the Hartford community during the period, accompanied by a slideshow of images provided by the Connecticut State Library,  in advance of Connecticut State Library's forthcoming programming and exhibits on World War I in Connecticut.

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Salisbury Digitization Day

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main St
Salisbury, CT 06068 United States
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Do you have your grandfather's WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind? Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War One by bringing your collection to be scanned or photographed. We'll work with you to create a profile for the WWI era person…

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“Never Forgotten” Film Screening & Discussion

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Torrington Historical Society, 192 Main St
Torrington, CT 06790 United States
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Join us for a special screening of the 1919 Torrington Homecoming Parade, followed by the 2014 documentary film "Never Forgotten" about Sgt. Paul Maynard, a Torrington doughboy who was killed on the last day of the war. Following the films will be a panel discussion with the film maker, Michael Shipman, Maynard's great-nephew Rick Maynard, and a representative from the 102nd Infantry Regiment, Connecticut National Guard.   This film screening and discussion has been made possible in part by the National Endowment…

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New Haven Digitization Day

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
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Do you have your grandfather's WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind? Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War One by bringing your collection to be scanned or photographed. We'll work with you to create a profile for the WWI era person…

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