Summer 2022: Letters, etc.

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(c) Connecticut Explored Inc. Summer 2022

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Pretty in Pink in Stony Creek” (Spring 2022) did not mention that Hartford’s Wallace Stevens Walk uses 13 unique markers, each carved from Stony Creek granite and inscribed with a verse of Stevens’s famous poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” The Walk begins at The Hartford building on Asylum Avenue and ends at his house on Westerly Terrace. This is the route the poet and insurance executive walked almost every day.

Dennis Barone
President, Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens

Editor: Thank you for this additional information. For more about the Wallace Stevens Walk, see “The Enigma of Wallace Stevens,” Winter 2004-2005, and “The Surreal Side of Wallace Stevens,” Winter 2018-2019, and visit stevenspoetry.org/stevenswalk.htm.

Just read with great surprise that publisher Elizabeth Normen was retiring from her many responsibilities at CT Explored. She has provided thoughtful and creative leadership in developing “Grating the Nutmeg,” African American Connecticut Explored (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), educational materials, and in promoting history in Connecticut. Her good work has made CT Explored a relevant, exciting, informative, and engaging publication. Actually, indispensable for anyone interested in Connecticut history.  To say she will be missed, or that she will be hard to replace, is a major understatement. Whoever comes next will have some very significant shoes to fill. Best wishes to Elizabeth in her retirement and to CT Explored as it moves forward with new leadership.

Tedd Levy
Old Saybrook Historical Society

Announcing the CTExplored Fund for Excellence in Publishing 

As we prepare to celebrate Connecticut Explored’s 20th anniversary this fall, the Board of Connecticut Explored has announced The Fund for Excellence in Publishing. Board member Olivia White explained, “The Board sees this as an opportunity to honor the immense contributions of CTExplored’s retiring Founding Publisher, Elizabeth J. Normen, who has generously served without compensation for 20 years, and Assistant Publisher Mary Donohue, who will also retire after 9 years of service; the fund will also recognize the creative contributions of 20-year Art Director John Alves and the steadfast professional work of Editor of 17 years Jennifer LaRue, both of whom will continue with the publication.”

The Fund will help CTExplored transition to a paid Executive Director & Publisher position for the first time in 20 years and ensure our continuing excellence in publishing in the years to come.

The Fund will be the focus of our Friends of Connecticut Explored annual appeal this year. The Board has set an ambitious $100,000 goal. White continued, “We invite you, our readers, subscribers, and Friends to make a generous donation to The Fund to celebrate 20 years of publication with us and honor those who have made it possible.” If you are a current donor, we thank you and hope that you stretch and even double your gift this year. It’s a bold ask, but this is an important milestone and a giant step for our organization. If you’re a first-time donor, please consider a $200 gift or more for our 20th year!

Donate online at CTExplored.org/donate-now or send a check to Connecticut Explored, P.O. Box 271561, West Hartford, CT 06127-1561. Many Friends give gifts from their donor-advised funds or via their IRA. If you would like to make a gift of appreciated stock, please contact the publisher at publisher@ctexplored.org.

We appreciate your support and look forward to having you with us as we embark on our next 20 years!

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