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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February 2017

The War at Home: World War I Era Stories from Connecticut Newspapers

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road
Groton, CT 06340 United States
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World War I dramatically reshaped the contours of Connecticut society economically, socially, and politically. Given Connecticut's central place in World War I -era armament production, the related influx of immigrant workers, responses to that influx, and the special role of the State of Connecticut in pioneering mobilization strategies, there is an important Connecticut-specific contribution to the history. Christine Gauvreau of the Connecticut State Library, will present a slideshow relating stories of the home front culled from the digitized runs of…

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World War I Film Series: All Quiet on the Western Front (2015)

February 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road
Avon , CT 06001 United States
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Featuring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine Running time: 2 hour 36 min.

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World War I Genealogy

February 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road
Groton, CT 06340 United States
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Explore resources available for researching your World War I era ancestors, including recently digitized records such as Connecticut's World War I Questionaires and World War I draft cards.

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World War I Gaming Night

February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road
Groton, CT 06340 United States
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Study the Great War like never before at our interactive World War I Gaming Night. We will have a variety of games featuring the battles and strategies from the war, as well as games that originated in the trenches. Board Games, computer games, and ipads will be available in Meeting Room 1 and Xbox Games will be available in Teenscape. We will be featuring Xbox One Games that are rated Teen and Mature. Participants can choose the game they feel…

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March 2017

Preserving Your Family Collections

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road
Fairfield, 06824 United States
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Learn how to protect and preserve your family collections! Conservation specialist Donia Conn will talk about the steps you can take to preserve you family photos, letters and other treasures for generations to come.   This workshop has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 

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Preserving Your Family Collections

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church Street
Rocky Hill , CT 06067 United States
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Learn how to protect and preserve your family collections! Conservation specialist Donia Conn will talk about the steps you can take to preserve you family photos, letters and other treasures for generations to come.   This workshop has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 

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Rocky Hill Digitization Day

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church Street
Rocky Hill , CT 06067 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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Fairfield Digitization Day

March 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT 06890 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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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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