Simsbury Public Library

Featured Programs

100th Anniversary of America’s Entry into World War I

The Central Blue: The Evolved Roles of Aviation in World War I
Thursday, April 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
New England Air Museum researcher Carl Stidsen reveals how the airplane moved from a curiosity to a game changer from 1914 to 1918.
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World War I Poetry Reading
Monday, April 24, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Lawrence Court, English Department Head at Westminster School in Simsbury, will present poetry of the Great War, particularly focusing on the work of Wilfred Owen and how it heralded many Modernist tropes, styles and aesthetics.
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Vintage World War I Ambulance Display & Photo Opportunity
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Library Parking Lot, Lower Level
Take your photo with vintage World War I Ambulance 255, view a display of artifacts and documents and speak with George King III and Jeff Klinger who will be appearing in full historic medical attire.
Ambulance 255 is a 1916 Model T Ford ambulance that is representative of the 1,200 ambulances that were donated by Americans and driven by American volunteers for three years in France before the U.S. entered World War I in 1917. Please bring your camera or recording device.

Ragtime: Dancing in the World War I Years
Sunday, May 7th, 3:00-4:30 pm
Kandie Carle and Marc Casslar will delight you with their introduction to each of the dances of the World War I era, highlighting “the” dance couple of the early 1900s, Vernon and Irene Castle.
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Women in Flight
Tuesday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 pm
Glenna Blackwell of The Ninety Nines, an organization of women pilots, will look at women in flight, including modern day and historical heroes.
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All Quiet on the Western Front: Community Discussion
Monday, May 22, 6:30-8:00 pm
Carol Clark-Flanagan, History & English teacher at Ethel Walker School, will lead a public discussion of this important work, a timeless testimony to the brutality & senselessness of war.
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The War at Home: World War I Era Stories from Connecticut Newspapers
Tuesday, May 23, 6:30-8:00 pm
Christine Gauvreau, project coordinator for the CT Digital Newspaper Project at the CT State Library uses newspaper articles, advertisements, editorials and reviews of the time to give insights into World War I, a conflicted era in state history.
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What is so Memorable about Memorial Day? A History of Memorial Day & the Simsbury Veterans Memorial
Wednesday, May 24, 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn about the historical significance of this most sacred of secular holidays in a presentation by Simsbury veteran, Brian T. Maurer, and learn about the genesis of the beautiful Simsbury Veterans Memorial. Following the talks there will be a guided visit to the Memorial.
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World War I Genealogy Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-8:00 pm
HFPG Technology Learning Center
Celia Roberts, SPL Reference Librarian and genealogist, will show you how to explore resources that are available for researching your World War I era ancestors, including recently digitized records such as Connecticut’s World War I Questionnaires and World War I draft cards.
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World War I Digitization Day
Tuesday, September 26, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Bring your World War I photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Simsbury Public Library to have them photographed or scanned by staff from the CT State Library. Digital images of these objects will be made available online and preserved in the CT Digital Archive. The only prerequisite for inclusion in this project is that participants are Connecticut residents and that items are related to World War I.
The Remembering World War One Digitization Day has been made possible in part by the Connecticut State Library and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

All programs will take place in the FSPL Program Room unless otherwise noted.

Download a pdf of the program booklet.