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About Tasha

Tasha Caswell is a Project Researcher/Cataloger at the Connecticut Historical Society, where she catalogs photographs, drawings and maps. She has a master's degree in Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a master's in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. --


Articles by Tasha:

All Aboard the Richard Welling Train

December 15, 2014 · Collections

I am coming to the end of the Richard Welling material I have left to catalog. This seems impossible considering how large the collection is, but I suppose everything ends sometime.

What Hartford Was Supposed To Be

November 17, 2014 · Collections

What would Hartford have looked like if three proposed building developments had been realized in the 1980s? See Richard Welling’s depictions of these modern edifices that were sure to bring added vibrancy to our capital city’s downtown core.

(Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling

October 13, 2014 · Collections

Last Thursday, October 2, was the opening of three awesome exhibitions here at the CHS, including the one that displays some of the work I’ve been cataloging for almost a year.

Musings on “Things”

September 15, 2014 · Collections

Listening to an episode of Radiolab while cooking dinner a couple of weeks ago, I started angrily defending the importance of “things” out loud to my cat, and thus, a blog post was born.

Linocuts and an Apology

July 21, 2014 · Collections

Last time I wrote a blog post, I wrote it about Richard Welling’s linoleum blocks. I mistakenly wrote that we don’t have prints made from the blocks. I would like to formally apologize for that. We actually do have linocuts of most of the Welling linoleum blocks. I just got through cataloging them, and they…
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Richard Welling’s Lino Blocks

June 20, 2014 · Collections

Linoleum blocks, either mounted onto particle board or left unmounted, are perfect for printmaking. The linoleum is soft enough that it can be carved into with a knife or special chisel-like tools. The areas that are carved out will not appear in the print; ink gets applied to the raised, uncut portions of the block,…
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How Do You Know What You’re Looking At?

May 19, 2014 · Collections

Last Friday, I went to see Finding Vivian Maier at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Maier, a Chicago-area street photographer, made a living as a nanny in the mid-twentieth century. She took tens of thousands of photos of people she encountered while dragging the kids she cared for across the city, and then let those…
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Thrall Hall

April 21, 2014 · Collections

On March 18, a few people from CHS had the opportunity to tour Thrall Hall, a square dance hall in East Windsor, Connecticut. Ed Thrall, described by the Hartford Courant as a “true Connecticut Yankee original,” visited demolition sites in and around Hartford in the 1960s and salvaged materials, which he then carted back to…
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Connecticut’s Modern Women Photographers and Their Fine Art Processes

March 17, 2014 · Education, Exhibits

On March 29, the temporary exhibition Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers will be wrapping up, which means that the various events and presentations and tours that I’ve been doing are also just about over.

Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot, or, You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone

February 28, 2014 · Collections

Of the many buildings that Hartford has lost to development since the mid-twentieth century, the one that seems to sting a little bit more than most of the others is the Hartford-Aetna Bank Building. When it was built in 1912, the 11-story building was Hartford’s tallest. In 1990, the building was slated for demolition by…
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The Value of Gallery Tours

January 20, 2014 · Collections

I have had, in the past few weeks, the opportunity to lead gallery tours of our temporary exhibition, Through a Different Lens. I spent so much time with the photographs on display when we were preparing the exhibition and I was writing the publication that I’ve sort of forgotten what it’s like to see them…
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New York City in the 1970s

December 16, 2013 · Collections

Despite not being alive in the 1970s and having only spent a limited amount of time in New York City, photographs of it in the ‘70s are some of my favorite things on earth. (Actually, really any photos from ‘70s do it for me; the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1972-1978 project, Documerica, is one of the…
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Richard Welling and the SX-70

November 18, 2013 · Collections

The SX-70 was a camera manufactured by Polaroid between 1972 and 1981. The new Polaroid greatly improved on the early models, which required the user to manually pull the photograph out of the camera and peel apart the film pack, as it ejected the film automatically and developed automatically, as well. 

Richard Welling Pictures Hartford

October 21, 2013 · Collections

My most recent project here is to catalog photographs, prints and drawings by Hartford artist Richard Welling. I started on his Polaroids, of which there are hundreds. Welling loved photographing Hartford as it changed in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, and as a result, I’ve been playing building detective for the past few weeks. My…
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The Incredible Life and Mysterious Death of Captain George M. Colvocoresses

September 23, 2013 · Collections

CHS got a grant last summer from the Connecticut Humanities Council to catalog and digitize 800 of its 1000+ maps. I’ve done most of the cataloging on these maps. We’ve got maps that are hundreds of years old, from the 17th century, and maps that are from the late 1990s. They vary in size, from…
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Tiny precious objects

August 19, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits

One of the things that I’ve been working on here at CHS is selecting images for the upcoming photography show, Through A Different Lens. We’ll be showing photographs by three different Connecticut photographers, all women, and in telling their stories, we’ll also be telling the story of the history of photography. I wanted to share…
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“It’s Just Like Riding a Bike”

July 15, 2013 · Collections

In my last post, I wrote about how much I love reclining and lounging. Lest anyone think I’m nothing but a couch potato, let me assure you that I enjoy getting outside and participating in summer activities (I haven’t found an activity to make me not hate winter yet, but I’m working on it). In…
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Summertime and the living is easy

June 17, 2013 · Collections

I just got back from a trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, which got me thinking about the value of parks. National parks are the crown jewels in our country’s network of public spaces, but state and local parks are great alternatives when all you’ve got is a weekend or an afternoon. One…
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It’s alive! It’s alive!

May 20, 2013 · Collections

By now, most people have probably heard about the plague of cicadas coming our way, or even heard the buzzing of the insects themselves as they emerge from the ground after 17 years to mate, lay eggs, and die. Because they spend so little time feeding, cicadas generally do not devastate trees and plants, unlike…
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