History Talks & Events @ the NBIM

History Talks is a series of programs presented by the New Britain Industrial Museum on life and work in the Hardware City and the Nutmeg State. These programs are presented either in the Industrial Museum or at another location such as the New Britain Public Library, the Downtown District’s Visitor Center or in the Community Room at the New Britain Police Station. Please check back, this listing will be updated as programs are added.

 

June 2017

Sunday June 4 | 1:00 pm | Jimmy Golon ~ the Night of Fires
At 9:48 on June 2, 1971 a fire was reported at a vacant 4 story building at 122 Commercial Street. That fire sparked others that burned through the night and well into the next day. Using dramatic images of the fires Jimmy Golon will walk us through the events of the days that became known as New Britain’s “Night of Fires”. Note new place and time.
Community Room | New Britain Police Department | 10 Chestnut St |New Britain 

Saturday June 24 | 10 am | Andrea Kulak~Walking tour of Walnut Hill Park   The Walk has been RESCHEDULED to Sunday June 25 @ 10
Meet Andrea Kulak at the entrance to the Walnut Hill Rose Garden for a 1.5 mile walk through the history and legacy of Walnut Hill Park.

Wear walking shoes, bring a hat, water, sunscreen….anything you need to be comfortable on a June day in New Britain. Free will donation, everyone will be asked to sign a basic release.

July 2017

Thursday July 20 | 10:00 am | Andrea  Kulak ~ Walk the Gold Loop
Join Andrea Kulak on a guided walk along the Gold Loop of New Britain’s Historic Walking Trail. Starting at the trail head on the corner of Main and W. Main participants will walk through the heart of downtown to Franklin Square and back to the Trail Head. Plan on 2 hours.

Wear walking shoes, bring a hat, water, sunscreen….anything you need to be comfortable on a July day in New Britain. Free will donation, everyone will be asked to sign a basic release.

Meet at the Trail Head ~ 272 Main Street | Downtown New Britain
(Corner of W. Main & Main, in front of the Board of Ed building)

September 2017

Sunday September 17 | 1:00 pm | Jimmy Golon ~ Redevelopment & the Highway
An illustrated talk on the redevelopment of New Britain, the building of the highway and the impact on the City.  Note new place and time.
Community Room | New Britain Police Department | 10 Chestnut St | New Britain 

October 2017

Thursday October 19 | 6:30 pm | Jimmy Golon ~ New Britain in 1972
A virtual tour of life and work in the Hardware City of the World in 1972
New Britain Public Library Community Room | 20 High St | New Britain

November 2017

Thursday November 16 | 6:30 pm | Jimmy Golon ~ New Britain Now & Then
A virtual tour of New Britain past and present
New Britain Public Library Community Room | 20 High St | New Britain