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The Ancient Burying Ground - Hartford's Oldest Historic Site

Women in the Ancient Burying Ground
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Thursday, March 14 | 5:00 pm Dinner and 6:00 pm Lecture
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Help us celebrate Women’s History Month with CCSU Professor Emeritus of History Kathy Hermes. This program will focus on women buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground and their dual roles in the home and in public. Women in the 17th and 18th centuries are assumed to have been relegated to the private sphere, but in fact they lived private and public lives. Hartford had a diverse population of Indigenous people, African-descended people, and European colonists, and the women’s lives are full of surprises. 

online database workshop

Carved in Stone: How to Access the Photo Inventory
Tuesday, April 23 | 7:00 pm | Online | $5 suggested donation; free for ABGA members. 
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Delve into the Ancient Burying Ground Association’s photo database project, Carved in Stone. This 2021 project features photographs of the stones, markers, and monuments found at the Ancient Burying Ground, transcriptions, and epitaphs. Join Sharon Clapp and learn how to use this valuable database of information, available for anyone to access on the ABGA website. Sharon is the ABGA webmaster and Digital Resources Librarian at the Elihu Burritt Library, Central CT State University.
This project was funded in part by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Gravestone Interpretation & Cleaning Workshop
Sunday, May 19, 1 – 3:00 pm | $5 suggested donation; free for ABGA members, register online here >>>

Join Ruth Shapleigh Brown of the CT Gravestone Network to learn more about preserving colonial gravestones and interpreting their history. Learn about how the symbolism and iconography changed over time and how to interpret spelling and language. Watch a demonstration on how to gently clean gravestones with tips and tricks on how to photograph them. Training and cleaning materials supplied.