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9/20/2017 - Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time - Book Talk and Signing on October 13, 2017

Book Talk and Signing Featuring Author and Southbury Resident Melinda K. Elliott

Southbury resident Melinda K. Elliott, resident director and docent of the Bullet Hill School in Southbury, will discuss her recently published book, Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time on Friday, October 13th at 2:00pm in the Southbury Public Library’s Kingsley Room. Following her talk, copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required and to register call the Reference Desk at 203-262-0626 ext. 130. This program is co-sponsored by the Southbury Historical Society. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

At one time, there were over 1,600 small schools gracing the landscape, but now only a small fraction still exist in their original form. Melinda first became interested in one-room school houses from hearing her mother’s exciting stories of school-room adventures. Melinda’s Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time uses a comparison of historic and contemporary photographs of Connecticut’s rich heritage of one-and two-room schoolhouses built from 1740-1898. Through the pages of her book, viewers can imagine what they would have been like in their heyday. Thanks to the hard work of communities and numerous historical societies, Connecticut is fortunate enough to have over a hundred renovated and restored schoolhouses open to the public.

Besides being director and docent of the 18th century brick Bullet Hill School in Southbury, Melinda enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the Southbury Historical Society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, and a children’s book on local history.



Contact: Shirley Thorson
Head Librarian
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 140