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(Virtual Event) Connecticut Newspapers – A Story Still Unfolding …

Wednesday October 19 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us as we bring to life nearly 300 years of Connecticut newspaper publishing. Although CT wasn’t the first colony to publish a newspaper, that is reserved for Boston’s 1690, Publick Occurrences. Six CT newspapers were in print before the American Revolution. Over the decades editors solved enormous challenges; contemporaneous government censorship, paper availability, the limits of early printing production systems and simply the collection of news.

Newspaper publishing reached its zenith at the turn of the 20th century. But the success or existence of newspapers increasingly became dependent upon the strategy of its publishers and editors.  With the advent of the internet the newspaper industry has suffered a seemingly relentless downward spiral: the number of daily CT papers has dwindled and many weekly newspapers have been merged into conglomerates. News deserts, a term describing areas where there is almost no local news coverage has become a reality. Is this the end – hardly!

Presenter: John Cilio is a historical storyteller, author and storied researcher who has been bringing historical stories back to life for over 15 years. A member of the Organization of American Historians and a retired IBM corporate marketing communicator, John has published seven historical books and numerous articles for national and regional periodicals. His books and presentations cover a wide array of historical topics ranging from the modern day workplace impacts of Women working in WWII to the evolution of helicopter development. His helicopter book, whose foreword was written by a son of Igor Sikorsky, is a listed reference source at the Smithsonian Institution. He is an honorary member of the Danbury WWII Lost Squadron veterans organization and lives in Connecticut.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Free Public Library and the Avon Historical Society.

Please register; Zoom links will be sent out before the event.


Wednesday October 19
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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AFPL Adult Programs
860-673-9712 ext 4
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