Tuesday, May 27 2014

Format: 2014/10/01

Tuesday, May 27 2014

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.

 

To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.

 

The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.

 

Bobby Valentine discusses Baseball at the Trumbull Library

Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.

For more information about Trumbull ‘s One Book One Town book selection and event schedule visit here.

 

 

TO REMEMBER AND UNDERSTAND

 THE EXHIBIT WILL UTILIZE NEWS ARTICLES, PICTURES AND PERSONAL STORIES TO RECOUNT THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN MIGRATION TO HARTFORD.

 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to Launch Young Writers' Competition in Area Schools

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is launching a Young Writers' Competition among students from area schools to encourage creative thinking and writing and introduce mid-to-late 19th century history and the arts to tomorrow's museum audiences.

Steve Berry, New York Times best selling author (#1 internationally) and his wife Elizabeth are the creators of the History Matters foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will work with LMMM's educators and judge the finalists in a contest that will culminate in the awards presentation at the Museum's Opening Night Gala on October 18, 2014, with cash and other prizes.

"This is a great way to introduce students to this magnificent National Historic Landmark," said Patsy Brescia, LMMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "A writing competition is a creative and educational way for students to explore the Museum's great history and architecture, while honing their writing skills."

LMMM Educators dressed in period costume will meet with teachers and students in the classrooms, and introduce the Mansion in a PowerPoint presentation followed by a visit to the museum, where students can draw ideas and inspiration for their story. 

Trustee Haroldo Williams, chair of the Education Committee said, "I am a firm believer that this kind of experiential learning can be a great way to understand history and appreciate the arts in a deeper and more meaningful way."

Competition requirements include a mystery story with the Mansion as the backdrop, taking place between 1868 and 1900, which needs to be between 500-800 words for third grade students and 2,500 words or less for eighth graders. The Museum will also explore the possibility of adapting the award winning stories into a performance feature at the museum in the near future.

"I am truly grateful to Steve Berry for lending his enormous talent to help us launch the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's first writing competition in our schools," said Executive Director Susan Gilgore. "I hope this is the beginning of a new and exciting educational program for students at the Mansion." For more information on the competition and the Education Program please visit our website at www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call Joy Romeo, LMMM Volunteer Coordinator at (203) 838-9799, ext. 119 or email jromeo@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. Limited availability based on a first come, first serve basis.

The Museum's 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM's Founding Patrons: The Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum's Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff's, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. Gala and Young Writer's Competition Sponsors: M.F. DiScala & Co. The Museum's Education Program is made possible in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For More information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call (203) 838-9799.

 

"TO REMEMBER AND UNDERSTAND"

 TO REMEMBER & UNDERSTAND

 

EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING IMMIGRANTS THAT TRAVELED FROM ITALY TO HARTFORD, AND THROUGHOUT CONNECTICUT

 

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(March 27, 2014)--- The City of Hartford’s Marketing, Events, & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) in the Department of Development Services announces “To Remember & Understand” art exhibition dedicated to all the immigrants that traveled from Italy to Hartford and throughout Connecticut.  The exhibition designed to recount and share stories of the migration from Southern Italy to Hartford, through a photo and memorabilia exhibit.  The exhibition examines the past as it is woven into present day Hartford and its future.

 

The exhibition takes place at the City of Hartford managed Pump House Gallery (Bushnell Park) located 60 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  A free and open to the public opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm with refreshments and live entertainment featuring a musical performance by Bruno Cerati Band.  The exhibition will run through June 13, 2014, Gallery Hours are Monday – Thursday, 11:00am – 2:00pm

 

The exhibition is made possible through the collaboration of  the City of Hartford, MECA, Casa Emigranti Italiani, Museo del Tessuto e Casa Dell'Emigrante of Canicattini Bagni and Il Museo della Civilta' Contadina Iblea of Floridia in Italy.

 

Pump House Gallery Exhibition: “To Remember & Understand”

Contact Information:  

·         Curator, City of Hartford, MECA

Andres Chaparro, 860-757-4895, achaparro@hartford.gov

 

·         Organizer, Casa Emigranti Italiani

Paul Pirrotta, 860-559-7137, ppirrotta@yahoo.com  

 

Interpreting Old Bones: Art and Science Give New Meaning to Remains Found on New Haven Green

The New Haven Museum offers an exhibition pairing powerful interpretive art created by seven well-known Connecticut artists with scientific analysis by noted bioarchaeologists in “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” an informative and revelatory tribute to the historic Lincoln Oak on the New Haven Green. In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the mighty oak—planted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth—revealing human skeletal remains in the tree’s exposed roots and creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country. The exhibition runs through November 2, 2014.

For the artistic portion of “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” area artists were invited to use branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discovery of the skeletal remains beneath it. The exhibit includes two works by noted Hamden sculptor, Susan Clinard, who says of her Lincoln Oak sculpture, Of the Same Branch; Portraits of the Civil War, 2014:

“I found a long branch from the Lincoln oak and wanted to tie the human experience together by sculpting several seemingly very different people from the civil war era from the same branch…to show a slave family and a Yankee and Confederate soldier. I looked at hundreds of civil war photographs and drew inspiration from the many hazy images I saw; trying to offer up each their story.”

The other artists included in the exhibition are Lani Asuncion, Erich Davis, Michael Quirk, Jeff Slomba, Rachael A. Vaters-Carr and Alison Walsh. The collected works include mixed-media sculpture and video.

The scientific component of the exhibition consists of the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of human remains recovered from the site. Photo panels describe the remains—including bones, teeth, hair and tissue—and how they were used to determine the gender and approximate ages of those whose remains were unearthed in October, 2012, and offer hypotheses on health and disease issues of the interred. The contents of two time capsules found at the site of the fallen Lincoln Oak are also on display. The research shared in the “Nothing is Set in Stone” exhibition was conducted by G. P Aronsen, K. A. Williamson, and Y. Tonoike (Yale University); N. I. Bellantoni (UConn); G. Conlogue & N. Pelletier (Quinnipiac University); J. Krigbaum (U. Florida); and L. Fehren-Schmitz (UCSC). Historical research was provided by J. Schiff (Yale University) J. Bischoff-Wurstle, and J. Campbell (New Haven Museum).

“It’s exciting to innovate new ways of interpreting New Haven history,” says New Haven Museum Director of Photo Archives Jason Bischoff-Wurstle, who coordinated the exhibition. “Thanks to the vision of those who contributed, this exhibition uses unconventional elements to document one of the city’s most colorful historic chapters.”  

The New Haven Green was used as a burying ground throughout Colonial times and until 1812. The Lincoln Oak was planted in 1909 by local members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) —an organization of Civil War veterans--in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, the uprooted tree revealed several surprises including two time capsules buried in 1909 by members of the GAR, and the remains of several 18th-century residents of New Haven.

“One hundred fifty years later, President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to fascinate us,” says New Haven Museum Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky. “We expect that the public may have a strong response to both the artists’ interpretations and the findings of the scientists who continue to examine the remains found beneath the Lincoln Oak.”

The New Haven Museum was gifted with the contents of the time capsules uprooted by the Lincoln Oak by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands of New Haven, and a sampling of the artifacts is on display at the Museum.

The research was supported by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven; Yale University, Department of Anthropology; and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center, University of Connecticut.

“Nothing is Set in Stone” follows a panel discussion at the New Haven Museum on October 31, 2013, which revealed the initial findings of the team of scientists charged with investigating the human remains and time capsules discovered on the Green. The panel is expected to reconvene and present concluding details of the team’s research in late October, 2014, coinciding with the two-year anniversary of the toppling of the Lincoln Oak.