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Saturday, September 17, 10-11:30am, Capital Community College (950 Main Street, Hartford)

Capital Community College 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT

In-person only Black Community Formation Exhibit Opening and Curator Talk Dr. Frank Mitchell Dr. Mitchell will speak on the process of creating the exhibit and share insights about the Talcott Street church, its school, its people, and its significance to understanding the history of Hartford’s Black community.

Thursday, September 22, 5:45-7pm, Old State House (800 Main Street, Hartford)

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT

In-person and virtual livestream options “Evangelical Empire: Hartford’s Religious Book Publishing Industry, 1795-1835″ William Hosley The Second Great Awakening was a Protestant religious revival in the United States from about 1795 to 1835, increasing membership and stimulating several social and moral reforms, including temperance, the emancipation of women, and anti-slavery. The “evangelical empire,” so-called, was […]

Thursday, September 29, Old State House (800 Main Street, Hartford)

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT

In-person and virtual livestream options “Rev. James W. C. Pennington: A National and Local Voice for Freedom” Dr. Stacey Close A lecture on the life of the Reverend James W.C. Pennington, educator and pastor of the Talcott Street church in the 1840s and 1850s, with an emphasis on his impact as a leader of the […]

Thursday, October 6, Old State House (800 Main Street, Hartford)

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT

In-person and virtual livestream options Stranger in a Strange Land: Ann Plato’s Strategy for Autonomy as Evidenced in Essays; Including Biographies and Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose and Poetry In 1841, Ann Plato becomes the first African American writer to publish a collection of essays. When scrutinized through a white canonical literary lens or juxtaposed with […]

Saturday, October 15, 10-11:30am, meet at Main Street side of Old State House (800 Main Street, Hartford)

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT

In-person walking tour “Justice & Faith Hartford Walking Tour” Steve Thornton For almost two hundred years, African Americans — both enslaved and free — maintained a vital community on Hartford’s East side. Most of these extraordinary men and women were associated with Talcott Street Congregational, the city’s first Black church. It provided a safe haven […]

Saturday, October 22, 10am-12pm, Old State House (800 Main Street, Hartford)

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT

ENCOUNTERS: The Global Reach of the Local Talcott Church Dr. Fiona Vernal, Session Moderator Encounters is a moderated discussion around a set of short readings on a challenging topic. Participants sit in table groups of 8-10 and are led through a round of discussions by a table moderator. Experts are on hand to share facts […]

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