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Connecticut Cities: Past, Present and Future

HOLC Residential Security Map of Hartford Area 1937
HOLC Residential Security Map of Hartford Area 1937. Records of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, National Archives II, College Park, Maryland – On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and Its Suburbs

The collaboration between and students of Trinity College professor Jack Dougherty will be discussed this Saturday, April 5th, at the spring conference of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (ASCH). The theme of the day-long conference, which is being held at Fairfield University, is Connecticut Cities: Past, Present and Future. The day’s topics include struggles for racial equality in Ansonia, the role of public art in creating civic identity, a research genealogy workshop, West Indian migration to Hartford, and a panel on the research and teaching of Connecticut’s urban history.

The session featuring the Trinity collaboration is called “Digital Tools for Urban History: The Case of Hartford” and will be held from 1:00-2:30 pm.

This collaboration has produced student essays on topics such as barriers faced by 1920s Southern black migrants, 1940s race restrictive covenants in suburbs, the challenges of 1960s city-suburban voluntary school integration, along with others and more to come. The presentation by Dougherty and will illustrate how digital writing can enhance the teaching of Connecticut history and, through public history platforms like this website, help instructors and students reach beyond classroom walls to spread awareness of forgotten chapters in state history.

Click here for conference details.

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