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Silicon Valley of the 19th Century: Rediscovering the Connecticut Valley’s Industrial Heritage

Please join presenter Bill Hosley on Saturday, Januray 6th for his program, “Silicon Valley of the 19th Century: Rediscovering the Connecticut Valley’s Industrial Heritage”. Meet in the Parish House library at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford at 1:00pm. Admission is free.

Springfield Armory’s presence in the Connecticut Valley, coupled with ready access to high quality steel, competitively priced coal and transportation, abundant water power, and the availability of an educated labor force transformed the region into America’s first high-tech industrial corridor.

By the time of the Civil War, Colt’s Armory and the Sharp’s Rifle Company in Hartford, Smith & Wesson in Springfield and both Eli Whitney and Winchester in New Haven made the Connecticut Valley the center of the arms industry in America.

“This industrial revolution was never primarily about guns, comments Bill Hosley. The system of manufacturing guns was adapted and changed the way everything from typewriters and sewing machines to bicycles and automobiles would be made.”

Save the date- Saturday, March 24th at 1:00pm for Bill Hosley’s next presentation, “Made in Connecticut – Reflections on the Industrial Age”. Program will be held in the Parish House library at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford.

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory
(1794 – 1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday November to Memorial Day 9am – 5pm. For further information call (413) 734-8551, check the website at http://www.nps.gov/spar or go to http://www.facebook.com/sparnhs.

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