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Pomprowicz to be Featured Speaker at Historical Society Meeting

Mark your calendars!  will be the featured speaker at Hebron Historical Society’s February 24 meeting.

Town Clerk Carla Pomprowicz

In April 2003, Pomprowicz participated in a preservation planning survey. The consultant suggested that a local history collection be created with the documents dating 1780-1850, found in the Old Records Building. To do this, the collection needed to be re-housed, cataloged, and a means created to provide access to these historic documents.

“The documents are in good condition for their age, 1780-1850, but they needed protection from further deterioration and risk of loss,” said Pomprowicz. “There were approximately twelve cubic feet of records stored in cardboard file drawers and seem to be in some order. I didn’t feel I had the expertise to determine what that order might be. They were all folded, dated, and tied with string.”

She was later able to obtain a grant from the Connecticut State Library, and with the help of many community volunteers, hired a consultant who made recommendations on how to properly document what the group found. “The historical information contained in these records provides evidence of the culture, politics, religious beliefs, and economy of this 1780-1850 time period in Hebron. A diverse group of people lived in this community. Important political figures, religious figures, business professionals, slaves, Indians, farmers, the poor, the indigent, and the insane resided in Hebron during this time. This collection is as unique as the time period and is the missing link of evidence that will benefit the community by filling a void in a historical timeline. For the first time in modern history this collection will be protected and will be made accessible to the public.”

Pomprowicz will be sharing many of the interesting documents that the group uncovered, and discuss how the information has been catalogued for easier research.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Hebron’s Old Town Hall, located just east of the intersection of Routes 66 and 85, and adjacent to the Douglas Library. Plenty of parking is available, with overflow parking located across the street behind Century 21.

Light refreshments will be served; donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Program Chair Louise Casarella at 860-643-9288.

Social Studies Conference to Include Testimonies Film

Testimonies of a Quiet New England Town, written and directed by local resident Matthew Troy and produced by Hebron Historical Society, is now a scheduled workshop for the upcoming Connecticut Council for the Social Studies conference. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 30 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Christopher Ambrose, a retired teacher and actor in the film, and Gregory Farmer, Agricola, Inc., served as Curriculum Specialists in developing educational materials to supplement the film. They will be lead presenters at the conference, with Executive Producer Karyl Evans (Karyl Evans Productions LLC) and Producer Donna McCalla (Hebron Historical Society) as secondary presenters.

“We are excited to present Testimonies to Connecticut’s Social Studies teachers,” said McCalla. “One of our goals in the original project was to provide a copy of the film and supplemental educational materials to all 169 Connecticut school boards. We are grateful for the support of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism in bringing this story to Connecticut students and classrooms.”

Ambrose and Farmer worked collaboratively on educational modules – all of which are geared to Connecticut Mastery Test requirements – for a variety of grade levels based on the 2008 draft of Connecticut’s new educational standards. Modules included are for 3rd and 4th grades; 5th and 6th grades; 7th and 8th grades; and high school students. Each module will be individually bound for easy distribution for classroom teachers.

“I’ve included classroom exercises in language arts, mathematics, and writing,” said Ambrose. “This is a great way to share Hebron’s early anti-slavery efforts in a way that can positively affect student mastery test scores.

Local Hebron resident Jeff Gonci created the DVD imprint and jewel case artwork, and is currently working on the artwork for the educational module covers. Printing of the entire teacher package is expected to be completed by mid-November, with distribution shortly thereafter.

Testimonies of a Quiet New England Town

Testimonies Executive Producer Karyl Evans Nominated for 3 Emmys

On April 15, 2009 it was publicly announced that Connecticut filmmaker Karyl K. Evans received three Emmy Award Nominations from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Evans is serving as Executive Producer for Testimonies of a Quiet New England Town, written and directed by Matthew Troy and produced by Hebron Historical Society.

Ms. Evans received one nomination as the Producer/Director/Editor for "Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living" about the history and community involvement with the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.  This film was nominated in the Best Informational Program category.

Ms. Evans was also nominated for Best Director (Individual Achievement) for the Grove Street Cemetery film.

In Addition, Karyl was also nominated as the Producer/Director/Editor for the Best Educational Program for a short documentary she created about the New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Youth Orchestra Festival.

The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on May 30th in Boston.

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Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement

Dr. Carol Faulkner has provided definitive information about Hebron's own Josephine Sophia White Griffing in her Women's Radical Reconstruction:  The Freedmen's Aid Movement. Learn more about Josephine's role in the Freedmen's Bureau in this must-have book.

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