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Capital Community Calendar 1.0: Upcoming Events at Connecticut's Old State House

The Cupola of Connecticut's Old State House
The Cupola of Connecticut's Old State House
Photo courtesy of Connecticut's Old State House

The Capital Community Calendar is a listing of some of the events and attractions of interest in and around Capital Community College. This first installment (of what will become an ongoing feature) spotlights Connecticut's Old State House, three blocks from the college's downtown campus. Originally the site of Connecticut's legislature and state courts, this building is now a museum with some fascinating attractions and the site of upcoming public events:

January 13th, 2010 (Wednesday) 12 Noon - 1 PM: P.T. Barnum: The Man, The Myth, The Legend (Free!)
February 2nd, 2010 (Tuesday) 12 Noon - 1 PM: Remembering the Amistad (Free!)
March 3rd, 2010 (Wednesday) 12 Noon - 1 PM: To All on Equal Terms: the Story of Prudence Crandall (Free!)

Phineas T. Barnum is best known as a legendary promoter of entertainment and curiosities, and his name still circulates today with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus. Less known is his service in the Connecticut State Legislature and his dedication to ending slavery and promoting civil rights. According to Sally Whipple, Director of Education and Community Programming at the Old State House, “Barnum became a state legislator in order to support the US Constitution’s 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. As a person whose passion for a cause translated into direct action, Barnum serves as a great role model for Connecticut citizens today.”

“Although Barnum is known mostly for his entertainment enterprises, as we enter the 200th year since his birth on July 5, 1810, few are aware of the extraordinary impact he had on society and industrial development,” said Kathy Maher, Executive Director and Curator of The Barnum Museum, who will speak at Wednesday's event. “Barnum was a passionate voice for the common man, and committed his life to support the freedoms and liberties he believed all men and women deserved. P.T. Barnum proudly stood on the floor of the Connecticut General Assembly and defended the rights of all Americans.”

Boxed lunches are available for $10 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 January 12, 2010.

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