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"Victorian Era America"
History Comes To Life Series
Thursday, April 27 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.  
Litchfield Community Center
Singer and actress Deborah Anne Goss takes us on a tour of the Victorian Era with song & story. Hear the era illuminated with poignant ballads, stirring anthems, and humorous ditties sung in Deborah's mellow, heartfelt tones. Deborah has been heard on NPR, performed in countless theater productions and toured and performed throughout the country.

"History Comes To Life" events:

* Pre-registration is required
Cost: $5.00 per person  
 For more info call 860-567-8302

The Wars of the Roosevelts
A Conversation with Author William J. Mann
Thursday, April 27 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Wars of the Roosevelts: the Ruthless Rise of American’s Greatest Political Family presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America’s greatest and most influential families exposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries.
Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent “illegitimate” branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts’ rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contest that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, The Wars of the Roosevelts illuminates not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates a conversation with author William J. Mann.
William J. Mann is the New York Times bestselling author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn; How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in HollywoodHello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisandand Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haineswinner of the Lambda Literary Award. He divides his time between Connecticut and Cape Cod. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Walking Tour
Litchfield Female Academy
Saturday, April 29 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Litchfield History Museum
The Litchfield Historical Society’s Saturday morning walking tours are back for 2017! Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes! We meet at the Litchfield History Museum at 10:00 a.m. for each tour. Registration is required for walking tours.

Litchfield Female Academy
In conjunction with our exhibit, Thoughts, Words, and Deeds: Stories of the Litchfield Female Academy walk the streets of Litchfield visiting sites pertinent to the students. Learn more about Miss Sarah Pierce’s school, founded in 1792, and town life during its years of operation.

Walking tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield
"A Thirst for Home"
with author Christine Ieronimo
Saturday, May 6 ~ 1:00 p.m.
Morris Public Library
Author Christine Ieronimo will present a program based on her book “A Thirst for Home” at the Morris Public Library (4 North Street, Morris, CT) on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m.
The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing. Participants ages 7 and up are asked to register at 860-567-7440.
In 2008 Christine traveled to Ethiopia to adopt her daughter, who was 2 ½ then.  Upon their return, she found her daughter drinking from a puddle in the driveway.
Christine is a nurse and lives in Terryville, CT with her family.

That inspired the author to write" A Thirst For Home, A Story Across the World." Christine wanted to share the problems of unclean water across the world with children here.  

She was also inspired by the older sister that her daughter left behind.  Traveling back to Ethiopia to find the sister was one of the most meaningful things Christine has ever done.  

Water is Life. Christine is committed to helping their daughter's family in Ethiopia and also her community.

Education for girls is a priority. We are all connected.

A Thirst For Home is a Notable Social Studies Book. It is listed on the Premier's Summer Reading Challenge for 2016 and 2017 in Australia and was rereleased in soft cover by Scholastic Education in 2016.
To register or for more information,
please call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Lecture: “Brass Valley”
with author Emery Roth II
Sunday, May 7 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Litchfield Historical Society
Join the Litchfield Historical Society in welcoming author Emery Roth II on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. for a lecture on the steep valley of Connecticut’s Naugatuck River, known as “Brass Valley.” Lectures are free for members and $5 for non-members.

During the age when the world ran on steam and bearings, trolleys and soot, the Naugatuck Valley came to be where most of the world’s brass manufacturing happened. It was nicknamed “Brass Valley.” Roth will explore his discoveries about Litchfield’s industrial neighbors, sharing experiences from his time spent photographing for his new book, Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Lectures are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield.

Cut the Cord
with Tom Borysiewicz
Tuesday, May 9 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Goshen Public Library
Please join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. in welcoming Tom Borysiewicz to the Goshen Public Library.

Tired of paying high prices for channels you don't watch?  Looking for a solution that will be easier on your wallet and still give you all the shows that you enjoy? Attend the Cut the Cord program and learn how you can still get all the programs you want for half the cost.

Join Reference/Technology Librarian Tom Borysiewicz as he guides participants through the new and exciting alternatives to cable or satellite television.

The Goshen Public Library has been serving the residents of Goshen and the surrounding communities since 1902. The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen CT 06756.

Litchfield Historical Society
Prepares for Town's 300th Anniversary Celebration
The town of Litchfield, Connecticut will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary in 2019. Litchfield encompasses the center village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, East Litchfield, and Morris (pre-1856), and the Litchfield Historical Society seeks to document all areas of town. A Common Heritage grant awarded to the Society by the National Endowment for the Humanities will fund these projects held to prepare for the anniversary.
"Growing up in Litchfield"
Thursday, May 11 ~ 6:30 p.m.
A series of Community Conversations will be held to discuss aspects of Litchfield's history. On Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. the Historical Society is hosting the first conversation to address the topic of "Growing up in Litchfield."
The program will be facilitated by historian Rachel Carley, and the Historical Society invites local residents to participate. This larger discussion will focus on what it was like growing up in all areas of Litchfield and explore how the town has changed over the years.

This event is free and open to the public.
Kindly R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, May 9 by calling (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield.
"Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World"
History Comes to Life  Series
Thursday, May 25 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Actress Sheryl Faye brings Eleanor Roosevelt to life! After suffering through an unhappy childhood, and losing her parents and one of her brothers, she figured out where she fit in and could make a difference. She grew up and became an American politician, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. She became one of the first delegates to The United Nations. One of the top ten most admired people of the 20th century.

* Pre-registration is required
Cost: $5.00 per person  
 For more info call 860-567-8302
United Way of Northwest Connecticut
Food for Your Neighbors Program
Monday, April 10 - Wednesday, May 10
The United Way of Northwest Connecticut’s fourteenth annual Food for Your Neighbors program kicks off on Monday, April 10, and will continue through Wednesday, May 10, said Owen J. Quinn, Executive Director. 
“The goal of the annual Food For Your Neighbors program is to replenish the stock of local food pantries so they can help their neediest clients.  Food items will be collected and subsequently distributed to FISH of Northwestern Connecticut, Fishes and Loaves, Friendly Hands Food Bank, Hands of Grace, Open Door Soup Kitchen, and the Salvation Army Food Bank.”
Food pantries continue to serve a large number of clients, including over 3,200 individuals at Salvation Army, 1,000 individuals at Friendly Hands Food Bank, and over 2,000 families at FISH of Northwest Connecticut.  Smaller food banks such as Fishes and Loaves in North Canaan and Hands of Grace in New Hartford serve about 300 families.
Deirdre Houlihan-DiCara, Executive Director for FISH of Northwest Connecticut, said, “We can only distribute what’s on our shelves.  We count on this drive.  We are buying food at this time of year.” 
The following businesses will serve as community collection sites in the Torrington and Litchfield area: Bantam Market, Route 202; the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, 333 Kennedy Drive; Community Mental Health Affiliates, 100 Commercial Boulevard; Doyle’s Medical Supply, 25 Coe Place; Doyle’s Medical Home Modification, 790 Main Street; Energy Fitness, 1000B East Main Street; LARC, 314 Main Street; Litchfield Bancorp, 1320 East Main Street, Torrington and 294 West Street, Litchfield; Northwest Hills Credit Union, 339 North Elm Street; the Register Citizen, 59 Field Street; Torrington Ford 1355 East Main Street; Torrington Municipal and Teachers Federal Credit Union, 777 East Main Street; Torrington Savings Bank branches; Union Savings Bank branches in Goshen, Litchfield, and Torrington; WZBG, 49 Commons Drive, Litchfield; and the YMCA, 259 Prospect Street, Torrington. 
The following will serve as community collection sites during normal business hours throughout the Northwest Corner: Bowen Agency, 26 Center Street, Winsted; Canaan Child Care Center, 20 Whiting Drive, Canaan; National Iron Bank, 12 John Curtis Road, Norfolk and 195 Main Street, Salisbury; Northwest Community Bank, 86 Main Street, Winsted; and YMCA branches in Winsted and Canaan. 
“Employers can initiate food drives at their businesses for their employees and customers,” said Quinn.  Interested businesses and religious organizations can participate by contacting the United Way of Northwest Connecticut by phone, (860) 489-4131, or by email at  We’ll be happy to provide promotional materials. Volunteers are also needed to count and sort items towards the end of the drive.” 
“Hunger is a major issue due to factors such as employment, energy, and costs of living.  It affects more people than we realize, especially children and seniors,” said Quinn.  Since its inception, the United Way has collected nearly 219,000 items.