In 2010, Capital Community College established the Hartford Heritage Project (HHP), the first place-based curriculum at a Connecticut college or university. The HHP connects course content to the world class art, history, and theaters at the college’s doorstep.
This year, Capital launched The Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series, envisioned to underscore the importance of Hartford’s history and rich cultural resources.
Thursday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm, historian and preservationist William Hosley will present Black History is American (& Local) History, A Travelogue, the second lecture of the new series. A generation ago people of African descent were almost invisible in the day-to-day experience of American history museums, including southern plantations where enslaved people did most of the work and were the majority of the population. A lot has changed. This program will explore African American stories by taking you on a journey of discovery to southern plantations and Civil Right museums of astonishing reach and ambition in Atlanta, Memphis, Charleston, Birmingham, Baltimore, and Detroit. It will also suggest a path forward for Hartford’s black history.
“I love presenting and promoting Connecticut’s heritage,” says Hosley. “If we don’t teach our children to know and care for this place, we will lose things worth cherishing and they will miss discovering the small and large wonders in their own backyards.”
Black History is American (& Local) History, A Travelogue will take place Thursday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm, Capital Community College, 950 Main St, Hartford, Degnan Hall, Room 1126. Refreshments will be served; validated parking in Morgan St Garage. For more information contact