World War I in the Hardware City: A Walking Tour with Karen Hudkins
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Harry Everett Townsend, Untitled (WWI Trench Sketch), ca. 1918, Graphite on paper, Gift of Mrs. Elaine Hanley
Karen Hudkins, Executive Director of the New Britain Industrial Museum, will lead a free tour focusing on New Britain’s participation in the World War I effort. Beginning at the NBMAA’s special exhibition Harry Everett Townsend: Illustrations of a World War I Artist (on view from September 20–January 8), the tour will explore the city's contributions through recruitment, fundraising, and wartime production. Participants will then walk (or drive, if preferred; approximately a 7 minute walk uphill) to Walnut Hill Park's World War I memorial, where Hudkins will present the history of the monument, as well as the movement in America in the 1920s–30s to erect memorials that honored those who were left behind.
The New Britain Industrial Museum will reopen at its new location, 59 West Main Street in downtown New Britain, on September 20.
Completely free for all
Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:00 am to 1:00 pm