Stories from Hartford's Grassroots
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.”
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.
Future tours are being planned for South Green, UnionPlace/State Capitol, and Barbour Street. Stay tuned!