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Voynich: The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

Voynich: The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

Yale’s Voynich Manuscript — treatise on magic written in a forgotten language, or one of history’s most elaborate hoaxes?

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EXCLUSIVE: New DMV Commissioner Lays Out Plan to Fix Agency

EXCLUSIVE: New DMV Commissioner Lays Out Plan to Fix Agency

Michael Bzdyra, appointed the new Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner in March, spoke with Connecticut Magazine in his most extensive interview to date. He talks about the ongoing computer problems, his short- and long-term goals, those wait times, his master's degree controversy and more.

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Danbury’s Marian Anderson to Join Lincoln on New $5 Bill

Danbury’s Marian Anderson to Join Lincoln on New $5 Bill

The legendary singer and civil rights advocate who lived in Danbury will adorn the back of the newly redesigned $5 dollar bill Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday.

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Connecticut Veteran's Saga Shows Hope for End to Homelessness

Connecticut Veteran's Saga Shows Hope for End to Homelessness

Last year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the state had eradicated chronic homelessness among veterans and was on track to end chronic homelessness for all populations by the end of 2016. One man's story reveals it's more than just talk.

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Arts & Entertainment

Pintos, ‘Burning Rat’ and Scalding Coffee at Ralph Nader’s Winsted Museum

Pintos, ‘Burning Rat’ and Scalding Coffee at Ralph Nader’s Winsted Museum

The Tort Museum is a surprisingly engaging ode to the rule of law.

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7 Marvelous May Events: Samba Fest, Circus, Kenny Chesney & More!

7 Marvelous May Events: Samba Fest, Circus, Kenny Chesney & More!

There are many great events in May from Kenny Chesney at Mohegan Sun Resort Casino to Circus XTREME at the XL Center. Don't miss out!

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Backstage: Mary Beth Peil of 'Good Wife,' Matthew Morrison of 'Glee' & Oscar winner Dianne Wiest

Backstage: Mary Beth Peil of 'Good Wife,' Matthew Morrison of 'Glee' & Oscar winner Dianne Wiest

Who knew there were so many Connecticut ties to "The Good Wife," which ends May 8? Mary Beth Peil is the guv's mum, Bethlehem’s Christine Baranski plays cool partner Diane Lockhart and Roxbury’s Jerry Adler plays frisky coot Howard Lyman.

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Style & Design

Silky (and Safe) Skin by Hartford-Based Company Nzuri Gold

Silky (and Safe) Skin by Hartford-Based Company Nzuri Gold

Hartford-based skin care company, Nzuri Gold, offers all-natural solutions for all skin types

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We're STEPPING OUT again!

We're STEPPING OUT again!

Recent events from around the state include fundraisers at Spotlight Theaters and the Bushnell in Hartford, the 200th anniversary of New Haven's Trinity on the Green church, and more.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
8 Connecticut Farm Dinners With Spectacular Views & Cuisine

8 Connecticut Farm Dinners With Spectacular Views & Cuisine

Chefs across the state are taking to the fields for these mouthwatering events.

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Connecticut Chefs Dish on Favorite Ingredients

Connecticut Chefs Dish on Favorite Ingredients

Several of the state's top chefs reveal their favorite local ingredients.

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Connecticut Farms Fuel Local Food Culture

Connecticut Farms Fuel Local Food Culture

Connecticut farms are enhancing our local food culture by selling fresh ingredients to restaurants and grocery stores.

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Donut Crazy Doughnuts Now Available at Nom Eez in Black Rock

Donut Crazy Doughnuts Now Available at Nom Eez in Black Rock

Donut Crazy Doughnuts are now available in Bridgeport's Black Rock neighborhood at newly opened Vietnamese restaurant, Nom Eez.

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Health & Science

AIDS Project New Haven Provides Support & Prevention for Population Living with HIV

AIDS Project New Haven Provides Support & Prevention for Population Living with HIV

AIDS Project New Haven provides support, management of care and prevention services to people living with HIV in New Haven each year.

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OxyContin Was Born in Connecticut, Did it Fuel the Heroin Epidemic?

OxyContin Was Born in Connecticut, Did it Fuel the Heroin Epidemic?

When Stamford’s Purdue Pharma released OxyContin they marketed it like no other high-strength painkiller had ever been marketed. Today four out of five new heroin users start by misusing prescription painkillers and prescription pill addiction has become a scourge in its own right.

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"Transgressing Connecticut’s Color Line: Mark Twain, George Griffin, and Charles Ethan Porter"

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Aug 21, 2013
1:00 pm

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In his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain first dared to confront his readers with the difficult questions concerning race relations in the United States after Emancipation, a period often negatively characterized as the Jim Crow Era. Racial exploitation, repression, and degradation were commonplace throughout the nation. It was the absence of the most violent aspects of bigotry in Northern States that nurtured the myth that Northern race relations were progressive and benign, when in fact the expression of Jim Crow racism here was only by degree less onerous than elsewhere in America.

Craig Hotchkiss, Education Manager of the Mark Twain House & Museum since 2007, will explore this chapter in Connecticut’s past through the close relationships that Mark Twain had with two exceptional African Americans- George Griffin and Charles Ethan Porter. The former, as the Clemens family’s butler, became a cherished friend who “ruled his race in town;” the latter, as an accomplished artist, became one of Twain’s protégés for whom the “People” of Hartford had very high hopes. Their stories well illustrate what W. E. B. Dubois once described as the “veil” that separated African Americans from their white countrymen. Hotchkiss holds a B.A. in American History from Bates College, an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, a Sixth Year Certificate in World History and an M.A. in American Studies, both from Trinity College.

Cost Free with museum admission
Location

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington St
New Britain, CT
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Additional Information
Phone860-229-0257
Contact nameHeather Whitehouse
Contact emailwhitehouseh@nbmaa.org

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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