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Hartford, CT – Capital Community College’s Foundation has been awarded a $2,800 Connecticut Humanities quick grant to support The Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series and Tour. The free series will present historic lectures and a walking tour, open to the public beginning January 23.

The Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series and Tour builds upon the foundation’s commitment to Capital’s signature program, the Hartford Heritage Project (HHP), by stimulating community engagement in Hartford, and an appreciation of their city’s noteworthy history and culture.

“Almost every chapter of the American experience has deposited a layer of evidence in this city,” said William Hosley, director for the series. “The story of our nation can be told from the Hartford experience.”

HHP, which began in 2011 with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, enables Capital students from every discipline to experience theater, get behind-the-scenes access to archives and materials in museums, and participate in classes on-site at the city’s historical and cultural institutions.

Capital Community College (CCC) has been in the forefront of higher education place-based learning – using the city as its campus – since the college’s move to downtown from Woodland Street in 2002. CCC’s new Theatre Arts program has close connections with professional theaters in Hartford, and students are taught by theater professionals from Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, HartBeat Ensemble, and Sea Tea Improv. Courses in American Literature, Music Industry, and U.S. Government are offered at the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe homes, the Bushnell, and the Old State House, respectively. Coming this fall semester the college will be offering a course on American Art taught entirely at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series will take place the following Wednesdays: January 23, February 20, March 20, and April 17 at 5:30 pm in CCC’s historic Centinel Hill Hall Auditorium in the G. Fox building on Main Street. Lectures will be 45 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions and discussion, and refreshments will be served. The final event in the program will be a 3-hour guided walking tour on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.