Join Connecticut’s Old State House for the last lecture in the series focused on some of history’s well-known people and events which made impacts in the early fight for civil rights. Each lecture will include 30-45 minute speaking part from an expert on the topic followed panel discussion on a related comtemporary issue. The lectures will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and are free to the public. Broadcaster Diane Smith is the moderator.
MARCH, 3, 2010
To All on Equal Terms: the Story of Prudence Crandall
Karin Peterson, Museum Director, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
The talk will tell the story of Connecticut State Heroine Prudence Crandall and her dream to provide high quality education “to all on equal terms.” In April 1833 she opened the first academy for young African-American women in New England. The residents of Canterbury responded strongly against the school but Miss Crandall and her students persevered through arrest, court trials, and constant harassments. After a midnight attack damaged the school in September 1834, Miss Crandall reluctantly sent the students home. In 1886 the town of Canterbury formally apologized and the General Assembly voted to give Miss Crandall an annual pension of $400 until her death in 1890.
Boxed lunches are available for $14 or bring your own. Boxed lunch options are:
•Ham/turkey/tuna salad/chicken salad sandwich on a roll with pickle, chips, cookie and drink
•Garden salad with grilled chicken, chicken salad or tuna salad and drink
To find out more information or to place an order for a boxed lunch, call 860-522-6766, ext. 11. Lunch orders must be made by 4 p.m. on February 1, 2010.
Located in Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House invites visitors of all ages to reawaken their own civic engagement and awareness through authentic, educational and inspiring visitor experiences. The building served as the Constitution State’s original seat of government from 1796 to 1878. It serves today as a physical and virtual classroom, teaching lessons of citizenship past and present and enriching Connecticut’s communities as a laboratory where people of all ages can interact and discover that their voices matter, and that words, ideas, persuasion and debate really can change minds – and quite possibly, the world.
Educational and community programming for Connecticut’s Old State House is managed for the Connecticut General Assembly by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network, Inc., a nonprofit company founded to provide comprehensive and unbiased educational programming and outreach on state government, civics and citizenship. For more information, visit Connecticut’s Old State House online at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.
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