Thursday, March 15, 2012


For the month of March, and in honor of Women’s History Month, The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will focus its attention on the family that established and built an institution that has served its community for over 120 years.

On Saturday, March 24th, there will be a lecture entitled The Founding of the David M. Hunt Library, accompanied by many historic pictures and an exhibit on the library’s art wall. The lecture by Betty Tyburski will begin at 4:00 pm and will be followed by a brief reception. The lecture relates to the lives of David Morgan Hunt, for whom the library is named, and his three sisters--Harriet, Wealthy Ann (photo below) and Catherine, who gave the money to build and sustain the library in honor of their beloved brother.

The Founding of the Hunt Library is the story of the prominent Hunt family, whose local influence was significant during the 19th century. The talk will cover all aspects of the library’s founding, from the bequests the sisters left to the people who played major roles in establishing a library that remains a central community institution to this day.

Betty Tyburski has been curator of the library’s archival Connecticut Room for many years. Tyburski’s narrative is rich in incident and character, bringing the village, the Hunts, and the library to life. Betty was assisted by town historian Elizabeth Clark and artist Sergei Fedorjaczenko, both Hunt Library board members, in assembling a wealth of photographs, documents, and ephemera that compliment the presentation. The art wall exhibit, which will be on display throughout the month of March, will feature many of these historical items including a series of portraits of Hunt family members and others integral to the library’s founding.

Free presentation with refreshments, 4pm to 6pm

Exhibit through March 31; Tues/Thurs 10am to 5pm; Weds 2pm to 8pm; Fri 2pm to 6pm; Sat 10am to 2pm

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