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Closed But Not Forgotten: The History And Future Of Connecticut's Old State House

Doug Butchy
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Connecticut's Old State House.

At 220 years old, Hartford’s Old State House is a relic from the past. It’s even thought to be inhabited by ghosts from our state’s history. But this Connecticut treasure isnow closed to the public and it may even lose its historic memorabilia -- the result of the state’s ongoing budget problems. This hour, we examine the history of the Old State House and discuss what thefuture holds for the building

Plus, do you know what’s in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? We find out as part of an occasional series we’re starting called Know Your Rights. And New England News Collaborative Editor JohnDankoskytells us about his brand new radio show called NEXT


  • Walter Woodward - Connecticut State Historian and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut
  • Jody Blankenship - CEO of the Connecticut Historical Society
  • Tejas Bhatt - Assistant Public Defender from Hartford, Connecticut
  • John Dankosky - Editor of the New England News Collaborative

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