Best of connecticut 2014

Welcome to the 17th edition of Best of Connecticut, our annual compilation of all of what we think makes our state such a special place. This year we’ve narrowed our focus over years past, trying to concentrate more on categories that merit a debate while expanding our coverage over the entire state.

As always, we invite you to share your thoughts and tell us about places we may have missed. Best of Connecticut is a project we research and  work on year-round. Send suggestions for next year's winners, and even new categories, to Content Manager Ray Bendici or Verticals Editor Doug Clement.

Like you, we're interested in exploring where we live and finding the best it has to offer. Enjoy!

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Lecture at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum On Connecticut as the ‘Silicon Valley of the 19th Century’

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Jun 12, 2013
11:00 am

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Lecture at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum  On Connecticut as the ‘Silicon Valley of the 19th Century’

Connecticut’s zenith as a technological and industrial center will be the focus of a lecture entitled, “Silicon Valley of the 19th Century: Rediscovering Connecticut’s Industrial Heritageon Wednesday, June 12, at 11:00am at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.  Guest speaker, William Hosley a cultural scholar and expert on Connecticut history and heritage tourism, will discuss how the Connecticut Valley was transformed into America's first high-tech industrial corridor and the vanguard of an internationally significant technology-based revolution that changed the world of work.    

            This is the second in a series of lectures at the Mansion on “Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era.”  The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Packages for all seven lectures can be purchased in advance for $150 for members/ $180 for non-members and will include one free event.  The price includes lecture, lunch and choice of a mansion or exhibit tour.  Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers.  The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan.

            William Hosley, the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, is an independent scholar, cultural resource consultant, planner, writer, and photographer. He was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks where he cared for a chain of historic attractions throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, he was a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum.  Hosley has lectured throughout the country and served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries. He has also written articles for Connecticut Magazine, Boston Magazine, Antiques, American Heritage and others.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

            Also on exhibit at the Museum, “What Is It?  Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era “ which is open until October 6th and  “Steampunk: Nature & Machine” running until June 5. 

            The “What Is It?” exhibit is made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year.  CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk.  Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.  Children under 8 are admitted free.   For more information on tours and programs, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

Cost $25 members, $30 non-members, lunch included. lecture packages available
Location

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorLockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Phone203-838-9799ext4
Contact nameSusan Gilgore
Contact emailinfo@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
Websitehttp://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

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