In a new initiative under the Hartford Heritage Project, all nursing students have the opportunity to view and discuss art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. What does art have to do with nursing? Click on the video below and see for yourself!
Nefris Quiterio points to the painting "Time is Money" at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Photo by Wayne Jebian
Post clinical nurses in Professors John Lagosz and Mary-Joan Forstbauer’s class spent an afternoon observing art at the Wadworth Atheneum in Hartford.
On October 9, students from Dr. Jeffrey Partridge’s Fall 2013 Liberal Arts Capstone course and several Capital faculty members attended a special seminar at Trinity College on a new scholarly text about Hartford.
This seminar at Trinity College took place as a result of a prior meeting between Professor Jeff Partridge and Dean Xiangming Chen. Both sides saw the event as the beginning of more collaboration between Trinity College and Capital Community College, especially with regard to place- and community-based teaching and research in and on the city of Hartford.
Discussion focused on three chapters of a new book Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities (edited by Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon, with Andrew Walsh and Janet Bauer among the contributors). This new book on Hartford will appear in October.
The students also heard a presentation on Trinity’s Individualized Degree Program by two former Capital students who are now studying at Trinity.
Photography below by Michael Raciti and Kenneth DiMaggio
Professor Andrew Walsh, Trinity College
Confronting Urban Legacy Book Cover
Professor Janet Bauer, Trinity College
Khoa Leu and Classmates
Dean Xiangming Chen, Trinity College
Karen Taylor and Julio Franco, former Capital Students now at Trinity College, share their experiences in Trinity’s IDP
Khoa Leu, Jeff Partridge, Vilayphone Senthep
Nafesha Findley and Laura Paige
Students share their views during their final project poster session, Hartford Public Library
Photos and text courtesy of Professor Ken DiMaggio
For students Besarta Qorri, Ciyvah Daniels, and Ciara Valazquez they discovered how Hartford was the home to Alfred Fuller, who founded the famous Fuller Brush Company. Mr. Fuller also had descendants that came over on the Mayflower. They also learned about Hartford's present experience with immigration, such as the Refuge Center near the college, and the immigrants it serves today. "They have a big impact on Hartford," says Besarta.
Students Misael Vazquez, Karisa Santos, and Chandrika Reddy learned about Ann Uccello, the first female mayor of Hartford, and also a prominent member of this city’s once thriving Italian American community. Along with learning about Ms. Uccello and Hartford’s Italian American past, these students learned about Hartford’s present Hispanic population and some institutions that are prominent in the city today. "I never knew there was a Hartford Hispanic Health Council," said Chandrika Readdy.
George Keller was a prominent city architect, designing the old Hartford Public High School, and also the Civil War Memorial Arch. Keller was also the subject that students Amanda Duenas, Darwin Garcia, and Grecia Limo researched for their Immigration Capstone topic. Keller’s roots began in 19th century Ireland, which he fled when he was young during that country’s "Potato Famine." His roots today remain in Hartford, as Duenas, Garcia, and Limo noted how his ashes are also placed in the Civil War Arch Memorial.
Maria Sanchez is today the name of a Hartford Elementary School. Ms. Sanchez was also one of the first Puerto Ricans to get elected to Hartford politics, noted Fikret Muskric, Tanisha Pino, and Juan Jeffrey. She came of age politically in the city when the African American and Puerto Rican communities were vying for political power, they explained. Coming to the U.S. in 1959 to work in a tobacco field in Granby, a Hartford elementary school was named after her in 1991, not long after she died and left firm political ground work for other Puerto Ricans in Hartford city politics.
Her name may not be familiar, but her face certainly is. Long time Hartford resident and actress, Gwendolyn Reed, was the model for Aunt Jemima pancakes, students Manuel Bourgeois, Melissa Love, and Anthony Parra explained. Ms. Reed was a long time resident of Hartford’s Bellevue Square, a former housing project that has long since been torn down. Like Maria Sanchez, Gwendolyn Reed also worked in one of Connecticut valley’s tobacco fields.
In spring 2013 students from Capital Community College’s Liberal Arts Capstone Course conducted research at Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, students explored important figures from Hartford’s history and their immigrant, migrant, or ethnic communities that culminated in presentations of their semester-long research projects.
Projects included former mayor Ann Uccello, Educator Annie Fisher, Gwendolyn Reed and the "Aunt Jemima" brand, the Heublein Company, Community leader Maria Sanchez, Founder Francis Goodwin, Architect George Keller, and the Fuller Brush Company, among others.
Below are excerpts of some of the final projects, as well as student observations on immigration, their families, school, and growing up in and around Hartford … in their own words.
I thought to myself I already knew everything there was to be known on immigration. In this class I got to find out that that was not necessarily the case. We got to see that the city where I grew up in Hartford, Connecticut was in fact a city of immigrants as well as made by immigrants. ~ Anthony Parra
I thought I was the only one struggling as an immigrant, who strives for better future. The first day of the seminar that we had in class, I actually cried because I was so lost, but with the topics of Immigration that we have discussed during this semester, I started to understand that immigrants have always struggled for a certain amount of time seeking their dreams on the "Promised Land." ~ Besarta Qorri
Immigration seems to be a constant concern for America, even though the country is a nation of immigrants. America is known as a diverse country because it welcomes people from many different countries, races, and religion. ~ Chandrika Reddy
I came into the Capstone course simply as the daughter of an immigrant, and I am leaving as an extremely proud immigrant’s daughter. [The class] gave me a greater appreciation for my father and the dreams he held for himself and his future family. ~ Amanda Duenes
People always say America is a melting pot, but after learning what I have I believe we are a salad and everything that goes into it makes us better and is still seen and known for what it is. ~ Ciyavah Daniels
I believe the more diverse we are, the more we learn from each other, and the more we understand each other. If we could accomplish that, we would not be fighting and destroying each other all the time. Instead, we would be working together to build each other up. ~ Martin A. Sharpe, Jr.
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This article originally appeared on ConnecticutHistory.org
Slight modifications were made.
Students in the Fall 2012 ESL/COM Learning Community taught by Professors Peggy Schuyler and Jennifer Thomassen interview Kenneth Wright, former G. Fox Department Store Elevator Operator. Professor Michael Walters hosts.
I have learned more about Hartford even though I have been living in Hartford for twenty four years. I love the class trips, the discussions and the assignments that were required for the class. My experience and impressions of Hartford are now better. Anita R.
I never realized how many stories Hartford contained, and how historical it was. Bismata G.
I always knew of Hartford as being mostly Hispanic or black but learning how groups like the Irish and Italians helped build the city was interesting. Latisha A.
The field trips were nice and very insightful because it widened my knowledge on immigration and especially with immigration in Hartford.
My opinion of Hartford now is that it’s a great city, rich in history and I know more and I am interested to learn more about Hartford’s history and share it with others. Destiny J.
I had a great experience with the Hartford Heritage program. I got to learn about different immigrants and their backgrounds. As well as the history that is involved with immigration in the city of Hartford. Growing up in Hartford I did not know all that I know now. Anthony P.
This course has given me a sense of pride for my state capital and I look forward to volunteering and giving back in the future when I make money. I have a new respect for this city of ours. Paul D.
I have become more aware of the history, culture and heritage of this city. I have more appreciation for it and I am happy that I can tell people why I know that Hartford is a great city to live in. Kaisline H.
I am so glad I was a part of this experience because I always wanted to learn about Hartford’s history but never made the time to get out on my own. My original opinion of Hartford was that it is a dump. I think learning about its people and its history and the contributions that these people made to Hartford reminds me that nothing is perfect, but is makes me feel good that there are people willing to try to make improvements to it. Melissa L.