Fall of the Berlin Wall
Retired international journalist Jonathan Kapstein discusses how the fall of the Berlin Wall defined world geopolitics from 1945-1990 and influenced the following thirty years – right up to the current, rather dire times. Kapstein covered the fall of the wall as the regional bureau chief for Business Week. Kapstein is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy. Kapstein was president of the Press Club Brussels Europe prior to moving to Woodbury CT five years ago.
Art History Happy Hour
February 1 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Botticelli, Bankers and The Bonfire of the Vanities
Minor Memorial Library hosts this event: Botticelli’s art is one of the most inspiring and poetic pages in the history of art. His characters with their weightless pace are charmingly graceful and open the world of beauty to us.
We’re happy to welcome Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo, zooming in live from Florence, Italy (hence the 4pm start time!), as she traces the life and times of Sandro Botticelli from his role as a painter to the Medici bankers to a devoted follower of fiery Savonarola.
Free (and Almost Free) Genealogy
Terryville Public Library hosts the next installment of the Genealogy 101 program. Find out how to locate family-history information online and through non-digital sources without spending a fortune. In addition to using the big-name websites, see how to search for clues about ancestors by checking Linkpendium, the Ancestor Hunt, state and local genealogy societies and asking local historians, archives, and libraries. Learn tips for deciding when it pays to pay for a document, based on what’s missing from your family tree, what your family already has in hand and how unique that document really is.
Marian Burk Wood is an experienced genealogy speaker and the author of the Amazon best-selling genealogy book, Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past. She earned a MBA from Long Island University in New York and a BA from the City University of New York. Marian held executive positions in banking and the nonprofit sector before becoming a college textbook author. She has been tracing her family tree for more than 20 years and blogs about genealogy at https://ClimbingMyFamilyTree.
Wednesday, February 17 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Minor Memorial Library hosts this virtual event: Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward helps us understand how people and events in Connecticut’s past played crucial roles in forming the culture and character of Connecticut today. Woodward, a gifted storyteller, brings the history we thought we knew to life in new ways, from the nearly forgotten early presence of the Dutch to the time when Connecticut was New England’s fiercest prosecutor of witches, to the decades when Nutmeggers were rapidly leaving the state, and the years when Irish immigrants were hurrying into it.
Honor Moore: Reading & Conversation
February 25 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Minor Memorial Library hosts this virtual event: Join author Honor Moore for a reading from her most recent book Our Revolution, a memoir/biography of her mother. “…an intimate history of the the ideas and events that jolted America during the three decades after the Second World War…Our Revolution is a book about those times for our times.
After her reading, Moore will be joined in conversation by author Roxana Robinson.