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Locally Grown History

The Barkhamsted Historical Society is proud to be participating in the first annual, "Locally Grown History - It's In Your Backyard" program. The program is designed to promote historical resources as well as agricultural assets located within Litchfield County. The project is being led by Robert Forbes, an assistant professor of history at the UCONN Torrington campus. Forbes has organized a group of educators, directors, curators, and volunteers from many local historic and cultural organizations to collaborate on the event.

Since Litchfield County is geographically large, the project packages the area’s historical assets (historical societies, museums, historic sites, and traditional artisans) and agricultural resources (vineyards, orchards, farms, farmers markets, and farm stands) into a “trail” so that visitors can easily move from one to another as a day or weekend destination.

The idea is for participants to travel to the various venues with a "Locally Grown History Hunt Passports" and have the passports stamped after visiting the site. Visit 10 participating sites for a chance to enter a prize drawing. Visit 15 participating sites for a chance to enter the grand prize drawing. Prizes include: Bed and Breakfast getaways, Jewelry, Ski Passes, Fine Local Wines, Memberships to Historical Sites, Dinner for Two, Tickets to the Warner Theater and many more.

Locally Grown History Maps and Passports are available at Squires Tavern or any of the other participating sites. Stop by to have your passport stamped!

The program culminates at the UCONN Torrington campus on Sunday, October 19th, 2008 with a forum, "Locally Grown Stories: Context and Connections".  A keynote address will be presented by Carl Nold, President of Historic New England and then move into concurrent forums focused on the following topics:

  • From Hills to Mills: The Power of Geography in Connecticut History
  • Religion's Role and Impact on Connecticut History
  • Immigration in Connecticut
  • Stories Told Through Letters

Between sessions forum attendees will be able to view table top displays from participating sites. The forum will conclude with a Round-table discussion, "Teaching with Local Treasures: The World In Your Backyard", moderated by Walt Woodward, Connecticut State Historian.

For more information please see the Locally Grown History Website. Be sure to check the events page for specially scheduled venue events and links.

Published Sep 17 2008, 09:15 PM by Richard
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