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Newsletter | March 31, 2023

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Trivia question

Today it's one of Hartford's major cultural institutions. But it began in the early 1960s by operating from a former grocery store warehouse on Kinsley Street, near Constitution Plaza. Name it.


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Witchcraft update

A resolution in which the State of Connecticut apologizes for the arrest, conviction, or execution of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Connecticut is awaiting action by the full House of Representatives, after recently clearing the legislature's Judiciary Committee.



Grand re-opening of the Ropkins branch of the Hartford Public Library

(The branch has been renovated and expanded to include the first annex of the library's Hartford History Center.)

Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m.

1750 Main Street

About Ropkins

Lessons of the Amistad: Through the lens of an African-Centered Woman

Tuesday, April 25, noon to 1pm

Connecticut’s Old State House

800 Main Street


Trivia question answer

The Hartford Stage Company. Founded in 1963 by Jacques Cartier, it held its first performance on April 1, 1964. The work was Shakespeare's "Othello," with Cartier directing. In a preview article published on March 15, 1964, the Hartford Courant noted the skepticism that Cartier and his supporters faced in raising money to cover renovations and other expenses. "Since the mid-1930s, when the Parson's Theater was razed, the capitol (sic) city has really had no professional theater of its own," the Courant noted. Hartford Stage's present home, the 489-seat John W. Huntington Theatre on Church Street, was built for it in 1977.


  • "New theater venture recalls when Hartford was big time," Hartford Courant, March 15, 1964, page 40.

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