Walks and conferences: the Cheney museum will host a conference on ancient watchmaking | Free time


MANCHESTER – The Cheney Homestead Museum, 106 Hartford Road, will sponsor a conference titled “Timothy Cheney and the Mystery (craft) of Early Clockmaking” Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

All ages are welcome. There will be examples of brass and wood gear clocks and the Cheney family’s important role in this American craft. Learn about how clocks were made, the lives of master and apprentice watchmakers, and the farm’s efforts to create a permanent exhibit on the watchmaking workshop.

MANCHESTER – Dr Jeffrey Kahn of Connecticut Foot Care Centers will give a talk on “Diabetes and Your Feet” Monday at 6.30pm at the Manchester Public Library,

Kahn will discuss the conditions that affect the diabetic foot, foot care, and the prevention of foot problems.

This free adult program requires registration; call the referral office at 860-645-0821.

HARTFORD – A free virtual talk titled “Beauty & History in Glass: Tiffany Windows in Connecticut Churches” will be given Sunday at 2:30 pm at the First Church of Christ at Hartford Church House, 60 Gold St., Main and Golden Streets corner.

The presentation is sponsored by the 1636 Heritage Partnership and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The 1636 Heritage Partnership is a non-profit, secular organization that works to preserve the meeting house and church of the First Church of Christ in Hartford and the Center Church on the Green in New Haven.

There is an urgent need to fund restoration and preservation projects. Donations can be sent to 1636 Heritage Partnership, 60 Gold St., Hartford, Connecticut, 06103 or online at: 1636hp.org

HARTFORD – The Mark Twain House and Museum to host a free virtual panel discussion on “Bakelite, Leo Baekeland and the Legacy of Plastics” Wednesday at 7pm

The jury will be composed of Joris Mercelis, author of “Beyond Bakelite”; award-winning filmmaker and author Bud Mikhitarian; Jeffrey Meikle, author of “American Plastic”; and Hugh Karraker, executive producer of the documentary “All Things Bakelite – The Age of Plastic” and great-grandson of inventor Leo Baekeland.

Baekeland, working in Yonkers, New York, in 1907, called his invention Bakelite, setting him off on a career path that would put him on the cover of Time Magazine and earn him the nickname “The Father of the Plastics Industry.” .

Baekeland’s groundbreaking creation is perhaps best known for its use in colorful costume jewelry and accessories.

• Rolling Stone author, investigative journalist and national political correspondent Matt Taibbi will have a free virtual chat Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. hosted by the Mark Twain House and Museum.

He will discuss “The Trade Secrets of the Drug Trafficking”, his new (almost true) book on the ins and outs of working in the drug trade.

Taibbi will be joined by Benjamin Grippo, founder of Artists Against Overdose and creator of the Benn Breaks Bread podcast.

HARTFORD – Local historian William Hosley and the Faith Congregational Church History Committee will be broadcasting a live tour of Spring Grove Cemetery and Faith Congregational Church via the Historic Hartford Facebook site on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Spring Grove Cemetery, located at 2035 Main Street, was established in 1845 as the city’s first private cemetery.

Faith Congregational Church, across the street, is Hartford’s oldest black church.

The tour is part of the series of lectures on the history of Capital Community College, Connecticut Old State House, and historic Hartford Hartford.

For a schedule and information, call Hosley at 860-944-8349 or email [email protected]


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