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Doll Day and Tea Party!

Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m.

Hartford History Center, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Parade to the Children's Room, 3rd Floor 

Dolls of all kinds take center stage at Hartford Public Library. Join us and bring along your own favorite doll, action figure or stuffed animal. 

At 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation in the Hartford History Center on dolls from around the world, many drawn from the famous Caroline M. Hewins Collection at HPL and others from the Ann Smith Collection.

Then we will march to the Children's Department in a great big Doll Parade! After that, we will have a fancy and fun Doll Tea Party in the Children's Activity Room, all dolls and children welcome!



Quilts in a New Light
Alexandra Wahl

The exhibit runs January 10 - February 23, 2020
ArtWalk Gallery, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 5:30 pm

For Wahl, quilt making is the happy conjunction between math and art, of rules and creativity, using the tools of color and pattern. But it wasn’t until she was working on a small wall-hanging and the pieces stuck to a piece of flannel and sunlight illuminated from behind them, that she began to play with the top layers of quilts being stretched over lightboxes to read similar to a stained glass window. This show consists of quilted lightboxes that do just that, adding light as the third tool of creation. Wahl is a West Hartford-based artist with a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. She has exhibited in Hartford at the TheaterWorks Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in D.C. 


From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford Country, 1940-2019

On Display October 29, 2019 - February 1, 2020 
Hartford History Center, Glass Cases & Administrative Wall
3rd floor, Downtown Library

Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center, CT Humanities and the University of Connecticut present "From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford County, 1940-2019," a new exhibit curated by historian Dr. Fiona Vernal (University of Connecticut).

The exhibit draws on oral histories, newspapers, and archival images to explore eight decades of migration, settlement, mobility, and housing access in the Greater Hartford region. It uncovers the relationship between racial discrimination, residential segregation, and public housing while also exploring the lives, loves and families of those who made Hartford home. Photographs from Hartford History Center's Hartford Housing Authority and Hartford Times collections are part of the exhibition.