Public Programs & Podcasts — 20 for 20: Innovation in Connecticut History


October 1

Grating the Nutmeg podcast: A conversation with Maisa Tisdale of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Center. 

Saturday, October 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Hartford Heritage Project and Steve Thornton: Justice & Faith Hartford Walking Tour

For almost 200 years African Americans—both enslaved and free—maintained a vital community on Hartford’s East Side. Talcott Street Congregational Church, the city’s first Black church, was a safe haven and a center of activism for this community and a forum for addressing the primary moral and political issues of the day. This walking tour introduces participants to fascinating figures and previously unknown stories that are relevant to our times. The tour ends at the Black Community Formation exhibition at Capital Community College, where participants will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and talk about the experience.

Register by contacting Steve Thornton at

November 1
Grating the Nutmeg podcast: Connecticut in World War I

December 1
Grating the Nutmeg podcast: Citizen Historians Charles Teale and Steven Harris

January 1
Grating the Nutmeg podcast: Pablo Delano & Elena Rosario

March 1
Grating the Nutmeg podcast: Ancient Burying Ground Association Black, White, and Indigenous Women’s History

Postponed to Fall 2023
Performance of Sisters
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 152 Main Street, Ridgefield 

The play Sisters, commissioned by Keeler Tavern Museum and written by Joanne Hudson and Royal Shiree,is the story of two historical figures connected to the site: Anna Resseguie, the white owner of what was then called the Resseguie Hotel, and Phillis DuBois, a Black woman who worked there before, during, and after the Civil War. Winner of the American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award of Excellence and a Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in 2021.

Check the Spring 2023 issue for more details.



Past 20 for 20 Programs

September 1
Grating the Nutmeg podcast: New London and the Middle Passage (CTE Game Changer Series)

A conversation with Kathy Hermes, Lonnie Braxton II, and Tom Schuch. They discuss Dr. Normand Morison and the voyage of the Speedwell, the Black Heritage Trail and its significance, and the impact of the slave trade on Connecticut and its trading networks.

September 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Uncovering Their History: African, African-American, and Native-American Burials in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, 1640 – 1815
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, Hartford

Dr. Katherine Hermes, lead researcher for Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground Association project (and newly appointed CTExplored publisher), will present new research she’s uncovered about the people of color buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground and the innovative RelationshipTree software application she created to more fully map histories that include slavery and other kinds of kinship relationships. Co-hosted by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery. This program will be virtual. Visit to register.

September 15
Grating the Nutmeg podcast: Connecticut Historical Society’s Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health

Wednesday, September 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Pablo Delano and Elena Rosario in Conversation
Park Street Library @ The Lyric, 603 Park Street, Hartford

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library will host emerging historian Elena Rosario and artist and educator Pablo Delano in conversation about how Puerto Rico and its history inform their work. Delano will discuss his work The Museum of the Old Colony, and Elena will discuss her research into early Puerto Rican migration to Hartford. Visit the Hartford History Center’s exhibition Puerto Ricans Making Hartford Home from 6 to 6:30 p.m;  the conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information about registration and parking visit the website:


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