On Saturday, October 3, four faculty members of the Cities Program (Xiangming Chen, Garth Myers, Kristin Triff, and Andrew Walsh) at Trinity College took the new Cities Program students (Class 2015) and the IIE Visiting Scholar, Fakhmiddin Fazilov, on orientation to the city of Hartford through several interesting and important sites and stops of history, culture, politics, the built environment, and ethnic community in the city. We started at the Capital Building where Professors Walsh and Triff talked about the city’s and state’s history and the architectural features of the building, respectively. Then the bus took the group of students and faculty by the Bushnell Park and through the Soldiers & Sailors Arch, which served as quick points of discussion on history and architecture again. The same inquiry continued to and at the old Capital Building downtown and the famed Cheney Building which was once occupied the old G. Fox Department Store. From there, the group walked to City Hall where we were lucky to run into Mayor Pedro Segarra of Hartford who was kind enough to show us the beautiful conference room next to his office and joined us for a group photo there.
Then we went to Coltsville where Samuel Colt (1814-1862) ran the famous Colt’s Manufacturing Company and was credited with inventing and making the revolver. Professor Walsh brought this local manufacturing history back to life for the students. We finished the orientation to Hartford with a hearty Brazilian barbeque lunch at Brazil Grille in Parkville and witnessed the rich mix of ethnic businesses in that community. This orientation, which was also organized in the previous two years, exposed new Trinity students to the rich historical, cultural, architectural, and ethnic landscapes of Trinity’s hometown—our Hartford.