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History Bites Returns
History Bites, the annual lunchtime lecture series, returns this April with talks at 10 institutions around northwestern Connecticut. This year's theme is "A Closer Look," so please join us to get a deeper understanding of a person, a museum collection, or even the museum itself. View the whole History Bites schedule here.

Lectures Continue in 2015!
Resolve to learn more about history in 2015! The Historical Society continues its monthly lecture series on April 19 with a talk by Susan Campbell on her book Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.

Upcoming Lectures
May 17: Lucia McMahon, Mere Equals
May 31: Dione Longley and Buck Zaidel, Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories

Museums Reopen on Saturday, April 18!
The Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House and Law School will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 18. Stop by and see our new exhibit on woman suffrage Ballots for Both: The Fight for Equal Voting Rights.

Immigration Symposium Coming Up!
On Monday, May 18, we will hold The New America: Discovering and Documenting the Immigrant Experience, a day-long symposium on immigrants and the complexities around creating exhibits on immigrant stories. See the symposium website here.

Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town
by Rachel Carley

The first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years is award-winning!! It's honors include the Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards; Historic New England 2012 Annual Book Prize; the 2012 Linley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History; and Best in Category at the 55th Annual New England Book Show. This lively portrait of the town is sumptuously illustrated with rarely seen maps, photographs, and paintings.

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and local resident Rachel Carley engages readers with an expansive view of the town's rich heritage through its buildings and landscapes in Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.

For more information and to order the book, call 860-567-4501 or go to the Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town page.