Library receives grant to discuss the ‘Path to the Presidency’

The Southington Public Library, 255 Main St, Southington, CT 06489. (860) 628-0947

The Southington Public Library, 255 Main St, Southington, CT 06489.
(860) 628-0947

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has announced that the Southington Library and Museum is among six organizations that will share more than $8,200 in grant money to support humanities-based programming.

The money will help fund events ranging from a lecture series on American presidential elections to a discussion about a Connecticut man who was a little-known early father of baseball.

The library’s $1,000 grant will help fund a four-part, scholar-led book discussion series entitled, “The Path to the Presidency.” Participants in the program will read highly-acclaimed books about presidential elections to prepare for facilitated discussions led by Dr. Paul Petterson, chair of political science at Central Connecticut State University.

Edward Larson’s “A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800” will be the subject of the first discussion, to be held March 14. Other books to be discussed include “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents” by David Pietrusza, on April 11; “The Making of the President 1960” by Theodore H. White on May 9; and “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime” by John Heileman and Mark Halperin, on May 23.

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