Doing your part to support local history
May is National Historic Preservation Month. While to some, this might evoke images of strenuous restoration projects, dusty archives, and clashes between preservationists and developers over the historical validity of a particular site or landscape, the notion of historic preservation can be much less complicated, and much more fun! According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, acts of conservation can be as simple as volunteering at or visiting a local historic site, taking a tour of a historic home, noticing designated historic sites in your area, or stopping to appreciate local architecture. Throughout the month, historical organizations around the Hartford area will be hosting a number of events that reflect the diverse nature of public involvement in historical preservation. Featured amongst such events are a poetry ‘read in’ held at one of the area’s most historic homes, a number of engaging public lectures and discussions, a Mother’s Day tea with a revolutionary flare, and a Revolutionary War encampment at another of the area’s storied homes. Check out this month’s ‘Hartford historical happenings’ to see how you may do your part in supporting the preservation of the area’s historical treasures!