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Farmington Room Blog: Murder Map

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This week, while working with a Farmington Room visitor, I came across a really fantastic item.  Surveyed and drawn by well-known Farmington historian and president of the Farmington Savings Bank Julius Gay, this map shows the scene of the murder of Luther G. Thomson in 1866 (the map itself dates to 1867).

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Farmington Room Blog: Early Library Records

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Happy Friday!  Today I’m sharing with you one of the Farmington Room’s real treasures–some of the records of early Farmington libraries dating back to 1795!  This incredible item is kept safely in our archives, so here’s a chance to catch a glimpse of real local history.

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Farmington Room Blog: R. J. Holden

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Today I’ve put together for you a “micro-exhibit” featuring some of the work of artist and Connecticut resident R.J. Holden.  His work was really beautiful, and I was glad to be able to cobble together this little “collection.”

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Farmington Room Blog: Local Art

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When you think of the Farmington Room, you probably think about the Archives, the Prentice Papers, and genealogical resources–but do you think about art?  We do house a selection of paintings and photographs here, and being around them is one of the nicest parts of using the Farmington Room.  I would encourage you to stop […]

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Farmington Room Blog: Printing Block

Today’s post features an item that has raised a lot of questions for me, but even so I felt it was a great thing to share.  In one of the quieter moments here in the Farmington Room, I went exploring through the drawers under the card catalog.  I found a fairly large package without any […]

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Farmington Room Blog: Retro Recipes

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It’s that time of year when many of us are finding ourselves invited to holiday parties, work gatherings, and just about any other excuse to eat sweets.  You might be wondering what to make.  If you’re like me, you’ll head right to the bakery and buy something.  For those of you who might be a […]

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Farmington Room Blog: Theodate Pope Riddle Deed of Trust

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This week’s Farmington Room find is one that I think is pretty special.  You’re probably familiar with Theodate Pope Riddle, the local legend who was one of America’s first female architects, as well as the indomitable survivor of the sinking of the Lusitania.  One of her many passions was the establishment of the Avon Old […]

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Farmington Room Blog: Atlas of Hartford City and County, 1869

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For the second installment of our blog, I wanted to share with you an item that I’ve always enjoyed looking through.  I’ve always loved maps; I think there’s something calming about them.  This atlas in particular is a favorite of mine.  Printed in 1869, it offers a window into a bygone era.

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Farmington Room Blog: Borough Court of Farmington, 1901-1925

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As you may know, the Farmington Room, our local history collection, is open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 9:00am and noon.  This is a great opportunity for anyone and everyone interested in the history of Farmington and Unionville to take a look at the expansive and unique resources housed […]

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Farmington Room Grand Opening

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On Tuesday, May 12, the Farmington Main Library will hold a grand opening celebration of the Farmington Room, the library’s local history and genealogy collection, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. This event is free and open to the public. The Farmington Room collection includes histories of […]

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