Unearthing History: 2021 Virtual History Series

Unearthing History: The discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian site along the Farmington River in Avon. Join us for a virtual series of lectures, sponsored by a grant from Farmington Bank Community Foundation, that will cover the archaeology, geology, and anthropology of life along the Farmington River, including the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian discovery in Avon.

This 2021 VIRTUAL HISTORY SERIES  is sponsored by Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library and Avon Senior Center.

Events are free to attend. Webinars will be recorded; links appear at the end of this post and are available on the Avon Library’s YouTube Channel.

THIS SERIES WILL CONTINUE IN 2022!

Questions? Email Terri Wilson, President Avon Historical Society, president@avonhistoricalsociety.org

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Completed events:

Thursday March 4, 7:00 pm  -Digging into Deep History: Archaeology, Artifacts and Avocation. Presented by Scott Brady, President, Friends of the State Archeologist & Paul Wegner, Assistant Director, Institute for American Indian Studies Museum (IAIS), Washington, CT.  They will provide answers to questions such as what does an archaeologist actually do? How do they find the things they find, and what happens to these objects once they are recovered? They will discuss archaeology, its practice, and how avocational archaeology helps to involve the public while bringing much needed assistance to archaeologists in the field. Scott and Paul will share stories of excavations and important finds that contribute to Connecticut’s deep history. View the recording here

Thursday, April 8, 7:00 pm  – A Rift, not the River, made the Farmington Valley: the Geology of western Connecticut along US RT 44.  Presented by Howard Wright, Renbrook School Science Department Head.  This will be a first ever photographic journey focused on the geology of Route 44 in western CT and adjacent areas.  Understanding the geology of the area will help everyone “read” the local landscape with greater awareness and appreciation of why early people came here. View Part 1 here. View Part 2 here

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm – Connecticut Before History: The Deep Story of Human Settlement of the Farmington Valley.  Presented by Dr. Ken Feder, Archaeologist, Central Connecticut State University.  The Farmington Valley was originally settled by human beings more than 10,000 years ago. The Farmington River Archaeological Project, led by Feder, has revealed remains of the villages, hunting encampments, and quarries used by these first settlers. Much in the way the police investigate the scene of a crime, archaeologists locate, recover, and examine evidence that reveals the scene of a life lived in the past. Feder will discuss some of the sites his crews have excavated and share the stories that can be told of the lives of the people who lived, worked, and died in those ancient Farmington Valley communities. View the recording here

Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm – Connecticut Native American Communities Past and Present. Presented by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington CT.  She is author of Connecticut’s Indigenous People. What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures, Yale University, 2013. She will explain how these indigenous communities were the first environmental stewards, astronomers, mathematicians, zoologists, botanists and geologists.  In reality these “pre-contact” tribes have been, and still are here, for more than 10,000 years. View the recording here.

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm.  Connecticut’s Paleo-Indian Sites. This final webinar will feature Dr. Zachary (Zac) Singer, Research Archeologist, Maryland Historical Trust and Dr. David Leslie, Archeological and Historical Services, Storrs, CT. Dr. Singer will present the excavations at the Templeton Paleo-Indian site in western Connecticut and Dr. Leslie will provide an update on the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian site in Avon as they begin their fourth year of analysis of the artifacts found there. Note: this event will run for 90 minutes with Q&A to follow.  October is Connecticut Archaeology Month! View the recording here.

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Trademarks: Choosing, Searching & Registering Brand Names, Logos & Slogans – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

The Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Avon Free Public Library are pleased to offer business-oriented presentations free for interested area professionals.   Whether you are running a successful business, looking to grow your company, or are just starting out — our presentations cover a wide range of topics and are designed to meet the needs of area entrepreneurs and business owners.

Choosing what to call your company and creating a corresponding logo that reflects your unique brand are two of the most important decisions you will make when starting a business. But before you get too attached to your choices there are some crucial first steps you need to take to protect your business’ brand identity. In this presentation you will learn:

  • How to Choose a Distinctive Brand Name
  • Why it is Important to Conduct an Availability Search Prior to Investing in a Brand Name, Slogan or Logo
  • The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration
  • The Federal Trademark Registration Process

Presented by Jamie Sternberg from Saunders & Silverstein LLP

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Writing a Winning Resume – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

The Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Avon Free Public Library are pleased to offer business-oriented presentations free for interested area professionals. Whether you are running a successful business, looking to grow your company, or are just starting out — our presentations cover a wide range of topics and are designed to meet the needs of area entrepreneurs and business owners.

Presented by Bree Gurin

Do you ever feel like your resume goes into a black hole once you have submitted it for a job posting? In today’s competitive job market you want your resume to be computer-scan compliant and, once it reaches human hands and eyes, you want it to stand out and not get lost in the pile of nameless/faceless candidates. In this presentation you will learn:

  • What Actually Happens to Your Resume After You Submit It
  • The Resume Review Process
  • How to Formulate Your Document to Improve the Odds of It Reaching a Hiring Manager

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Creative is King – sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

Watch a presentation by Gena Hamilton, of Exact Digital Media

Visuals are often the most striking way to leave a lasting impression in the viewer’s mind. That is what makes quality creative essential to grab the attention of your audience. In this presentation you will learn about:

  • Creative Best Practices
  • Industry-Specific Strategies
  • How to Effectively Leverage Visuals to Drive Conversations
  • Communication Ideas to Stay In Front of Customers
  • Examples of Effective Campaigns

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Workforce Solutions (including Job & Career Accelerator)

LearningExpress Library’s Workforce Solutions gives job seekers the most comprehensive collection of job search and career exploration tools anywhere — all in one place and always available online. It includes resume and letter builders with targeted samples and tips, millions of job and internship postings, interviewing advice, sample occupational tests, tools to build your skills, and a personal dashboard to track users’ work.  See all that Workforce Solution offers by clicking here, or just create an account and explore.

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Demystifying Digital Advertising – presented by the Avon Chamber of Commerce

Watch a presentation by Gena Hamilton of Exact Digital Media talk about digital advertising for your business.  This online class was co-sponsored by the Avon Chamber of Commerce and Avon Free Public Library.

Digital Media can help you grow your business. And Google My Business is one way you can drive local consumer traffic to your business. But if you don’t understand it or don’t know where to begin, you can miss this easy and accessible opportunity. In this class we will discuss:

  • How to Reach Your Customers Where They Are
  • Leveraging Google My Business to Help You Get Found by Your Customers
  • Google My Business Best Practices

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