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Judicial Branch, State of Connecticut - Events 2012
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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
Day Trips With Kids at the Connecticut Supreme Court, State Capitol, Museum of Connecticut History & Old State House.
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The Judicial Branch, for the third year in a row and in collaboration with the League of Women Voters, the Museum of Connecticut History and Connecticut’s Old State House, is sponsoring “Day Trips with Kids,” an opportunity for children to have fun while learning about state government at the same time.
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The program is being offered on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Activities will include: Connecticut Invents! Discover many famous and not-so-famous Connecticut inventors and inventions during this hands-on activity, which uses objects and photographs from the Museum of Connecticut History’s collections; A visit to the State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark, where children will learn about the legislative process while viewing the House and Senate chambers and also visit the Hall of Flags, where flags carried into battle by Connecticut soldiers are displayed; A visit to the historic Supreme Court courtroom, where the state’s most important legal rulings have occurred over the past century; and A visit to Connecticut’s Old State House, where families engage in interactive programming to learn about early government and the residents who helped make the state what it is today.
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The program is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Information about the program may be obtained through the Judicial Branch’s website, at, or by calling the External Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.
Both the Connecticut Supreme Court Building, State Capitol and the Old State House are handicapped accessible.

About the Museum of Connecticut History
The focus of the Museum and its collections is Connecticut's government, military and industrial history. Permanent and changing exhibits trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation from the Colonial era to the present.
The Museum consists of Memorial Hall and three adjoining exhibit areas. On permanent display are portraits of Connecticut Governors as well as historic documents, including the State's original 1662 Royal Charter, and the 1818 and 1964 State Constitutions. The 1639 Fundamental Orders have returned and are also on display at the Museum.
History of the Museum: The Museum of Connecticut History has been collecting and displaying objects related to Connecticut’s political, industrial and military history since 1910.
Current exhibits include:
  • Portraits of Connecticut’s Governors
  • Liberties and Legends
  • The Colt Firearms Collection
  • The Connecticut Collections
  • Mitchelson Coin Collection
  • Freedom Trail Quilts
About the Museum & State Library Building: The museum is located in the historic and magnificently restored 1910 State Library and Supreme Court building across the street from Connecticut’s State Capitol building in Hartford. 
The Museum of Connecticut History is a part of the Connecticut State Library.
Directions to 231 Capitol Ave.

From Interstate 84 Eastbound - take Exit 48, Capitol Ave. The Library is diagonally across Capitol Ave. at the end of the exit ramp.
From Interstate 84 Westbound - take Exit 47, Sigourney St. Turn Left under Interstate 84; Left again back onto Interstate 84 eastbound. Take Exit 48, Capitol Ave. The Library is diagonally across Capitol Ave. at the end of the exit ramp.
From Interstate 91 North or Southbound - take Exit 29A, Capitol Area. At the traffic circle, take Elm Street (Bushnell Park will be on your right). At the traffic light, turn Left onto Trinity Street. At the next light, the Library is diagonally across Capitol Ave, directly across from the State Capitol.
•On Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., free parking is available for patrons in the State Library/Supreme Court lot adjacent to the building. Enter from Oak Street; the gate will be up. At other times, patrons can park in the following locations.
•Metered on-street parking is available on Oak, Russ, Lafayette (one-way street from Capitol Ave.), and Buckingham streets. The library staff does not make change for use in parking meters, so patrons should come with a supply of quarters.
•All-day free parking on Hungerford Street, (one-way street from Capitol Ave.) one block west of, and parallel to, Oak Street. Early arrivals may find spaces in the Capitol Place parking garage at 21 Oak St. A parking lot at Buckingham and Hudson Streets offers reasonable all-day rates.
•Call the State Library/Supreme Court Security Office (860) 757-2299 for information on Handicapped parking and access to the building.
 Information about the program may be obtained through the Judicial Branch’s website, at, or by calling the External Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.

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