Discover Your Polish, Ukrainian, and Eastern European Ancestors

Presented by Jonathan Shea & Matthew Bielawa
Presented by Jonathan Shea & Matthew Bielawa

Saturday, November 15th at 2 p.m.
Community Room

Two experts on Eastern European genealogy present at the Library, Professor Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa. Shea has written numerous publications and Bielawa on Galacia among other presentations. 

In this program, Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa will show you how to research your ancestors in Poland, Ukraine and the neighboring countries of Eastern Europe. They will introduce you to a variety of sources to compile information about your family. In this program you will learn to:

  • Determine your family’s place of origin using the many documents and sources available in the United States.
  • Determine what records were generated for your ancestral village and where they are to be found.
  • Know where to look depending on the event date and who had jurisdiction, since these countries’ external and internal borders changed frequently in the last 300 years.
  • Know which language the records were recorded in and which publications and tools are available for translating these documents of genealogical value.
  • Learn about the naming conventions and surname distribution in the country.

About the Presenters

Jonathan Shea is a professor of foreign languages in the Connecticut Higher Education System. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of genealogical research, documenting his own family (with roots in the former provinces of Lomza and Grodno, Poland, and Counties Offaly and Mayo, Ireland) as well as the families of others. He is founding President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast.

Matthew Bielawa is the Associate Registrar at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. His research specialization is in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine. He is webmaster of Genealogy of Halychyna/Eastern Galicia, a site devoted to Polish and Ukrainian genealogical research in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine.

Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground

Image courtesy flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Image courtesy flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Thursday, November 6th at 7 p.m.

Heather Cotter, a visiting lecturer from the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss the exciting new exhibit Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground. Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985) maintained a rebellious attitude toward prevailing notions of high culture, beauty, and good taste, and was a relentless innovator from the time he committed himself to art making in the early 1940s. By focusing on the key moments in his career, Cotter will illuminate Dubuffet’s radical experimentation with form and material from the 1940s to the mid-1960s.

Heather Cotter is a professional art educator with an M.A. in Art History from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Art Education from Harvard University. She has worked in numerous prestigious art museums including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The National Gallery in Washington DC and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her multi-layered teaching approach encourages students to consider art as a visual representation, an emotional expression and an intellectual investigation.

Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Video of René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Understanding Bitcoin : What You Need to Know About the New Digital Currency

Joe Cascio
Joe Cascio

Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.

Bitcoin is a revolutionary and disruptive new open-source technology for value storage and transfer. It allows individuals anywhere on the globe to transfer funds to one another for pennies without an intermediary and without permission from governments. It's sometimes referred to as "Money Without Borders." This session will consist of a brief introductory presentation followed by an extended question and answer discussion. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

Joe Cascio is a semi-retired software developer from Stonington, CT. He has worked in several engineering and science related companies, and was most recently the CTO at a cardiology imaging software company in Westerly, RI. He has been involved in bitcoin since 2011 and is developing bitcoin related software for digital identity.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Video of Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Europa Edition's Editor-in-Chief, Michael Reynolds, was our featured speaker at a special luncheon.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

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