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The 1944 Hartford Circus Fire

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The worst disaster in Connecticut’s modern history, as well as one of the worst fire disasters in United States history, occurred 80 years ago on July 6th, 1944. The tragic fire occurred during a matinee performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford’s north end which was attended by upwards of 6,000 people. The panic which ensued as people attempted to flee the Big Top, proved as deadly as the flames around them and by the time the disaster was over, 167 people had perished including many under the age of 15.

Please join us as we welcome Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History back to Canterbury for a brand-new presentation on this horrific event which changed the lives of so many people while also inspiring the State of Connecticut to enact new, strict fire safety regulations for future public performances. Free and open to the public, the program will be held at the Canterbury Town Hall Community Room (1 Municipal Drive) following a short business meeting at 7 PM.


June 14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Canterbury Town Hall
1 Municipal Dr
Canterbury, CT 06331 United States
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