Hartford 2017 : Shoeleather Walking Tours

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The Shoeleather History Project conducts walking tours of Hartford’s “history from below.”  The first route starts and ends at the Old State House, downtown on Central Row.  It covers Emma Goldman,  James Connolly, Big Bill Haywood, John Brown, union organizer Rebecca Weiner, suffragist Josephine Bennett, artist Alton Tobey, and much more.

As Howard Zinn said: ” History is not inevitably useful. It can bind us or free us.”

 “A liberation from the happy-face boosterism of the usual walking tour….”

“Yours is a tour for adults. This adult learned a ton… Also great handouts!”

“Hartford has some inspiring history! Who knew?”

“Gives participants a glimpse of Hartford’s activist history.”

UConn students on the tour, reading from first-hand accounts of local history.

The second tour  (Charter Oak Avenue to Huyshope Ave.) introduces the boy genius and the golden boy, the Solidarity priest and the radical rabbi, the doctor who was a Puerto Rican revolutionary and the doctor who created the first WMD, struggles of women factory workers, tenants, the unemployed and homeless, Mark Twain, baseball and more.

Taking on historic personalities
Taking on historic personalities.

Future tours are being planned for South Green, UnionPlace/State Capitol, and Barbour Street.  Stay tuned!

Lego international team (!) on the tour.
Lego international team (!) on the tour.


Urban semester students ready for the tour
Urban semester students ready for the history walk.

13 thoughts on “Hartford 2017 : Shoeleather Walking Tours

  1. Hey Steve – great web site, including article on John Brown! Do you do tours in the cold winter time? We still have not gotten together for lunch –
    Kenny Foscue

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