A strong contingent of Capital faculty, staff and students, joined by others from History on Main institutions, serenaded lunch goers at the State House Square food court on Wednesday. The “flash mob” carolers entertained the noontime lunch crowd with a full array of traditional holiday songs.
History on Main is a newly formed group which exists to promote the abundance of History, Arts, Culture and Education on Main Street in Hartford. The group sprang from the Humanities Department’s Hartford Heritage project that is being supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities “We The People” grant.
The History on Main group grew out of a desire among Main Street institutions to advance and celebrate the rich heritage of Hartford’s central thoroughfare.
Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, who directs the Hartford Heritage Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, has led the way for Capital Community College students to become an integral part of the cultural and historic fabric of Hartford.
“This caroling event is just a small step in connecting Capital students with Hartford’s heritage,” Partridge said. “G. Fox Department Store, the very building where our students are studying, was the center of the holiday experience in this area for decades. Our students can play a part in bringing that spirit back to Hartford.”
– parts of this story excerpted from a Courant I-Towns story by Jane Bronfman