Welcome to Frog Hollow

Screenshot 2019-02-21 21.37.02I am excited to share my book, “Frog Hollow: Stories From an American Neighborhood,” which has gone by multiple names in vitro, including “Searching for the American Dream in Frog Hollow,” and “When Will I Finish This Damn Book, D’Ya Think?” (I am fond of the former, but oh-well.)

This book started as a series of notes about things I like about this Hartford neighborhood. The book is a labor of love. It’s also a bit of a love letter to Hartford, my adopted city. If you love Hartford — or think you may want to love Hartford — or if you love the idea of the churn of new immigrants, and fascinating local history, I can come talk about this book. If you’d like to schedule something, email me at slcampbell417@gmail.com. So far, I’m talking about Frog Hollow:


6 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore, 18 Front St. Here’s more. (This is another cool Hartford neighborhood that bears examination.)

9:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School, East Haddam Reads!

1 p.m. Friday, March 29, a walking tour of Frog Hollow sponsored by the National Council on Public History. (Sorry. This tour is full.)


12 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Susan B. Anthony Project 15th Annual Authors’ Luncheon, Fairview Farm Golf Course, Harwinton (with Fran Hauser and Jacqueline Smith). You can get tickets here.


7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, Friends of the Wesleyan Library, Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church St., Middletown.

5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, Manchester Historical Society annual dinner, Manchester Country Club, 305 S. Main St., Manchester.

11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Ave., Hartford, in partnership with Hartford Public Library–Dwight Library and Hartford History Center. I hope to meet people who grew up in Frog Hollow, just so they can tell me all the cool stuff I left out.

Also, that same day at 6 p.m., come hear more at The Lyceum, where you will also learn about the wonderful new library going up in the neighborhood. So if you’re in  Hartford, it’s a two-fer!

5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Caribbean Symposium, University of Connecticut, Hartford Campus, 10 Prospect St., Hartford. Fiona Vernal , University of Connecticut associate professor of history, is kind enough to include me in this event, and I intend to learn a lot.

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, Tolland Library, 21 Tolland Green. The last time I went there, I had a ball. Thank you, Kate Farrish, for setting this up.

7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, part of the Mark My Words series at Mark Twain House in Hartford. You can get tickets here. This is the official book launch.


4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Ivoryton Library106 Main St., Ivoryton. This is my hometown library. Space is limited, but there’s a lot of Ivoryton factory history that mirrors Hartford’s. Come heckle!

Noon, Wednesday, June 19, Old State House, 800 Main St., in Hartford. I get the chills walking into this building, every single time.


6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main St., West Hartford. Noah Webster’s in the book — which I’m sure, if we dug him up and told him, would absolutely thrill him.


1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Armsmear, 80 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford. I love this historic place and look forward to being inside.


11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, Books On Pratt, Hartford. I’ll be among 50 local authors anxious to talk about our work.


7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 3, First Church, 12 South Main St., West Hartford. I love this place, too. The people who come here ask good questions.

1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford. What a beautiful building is this.


10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor. I love libraries. I love talking at libraries. This is a library talk.

11:15 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, University of Hartford, West Hartford. This is a breakout session for the Association of Connecticut Library Boards.

1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education, Middlesex Community College, Middletown. (You can see the entire calendar here.)


4-6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12., The Old State House, in Hartford. This is a celebration of this historic building’s reopening of their gift shop. Come meet all your friends!


6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road in Enfield. Start the new year off with a talk about Frog Hollow.

Media for “Frog Hollow: Stories From an American Neighborhood”

The Hartford Courant: “The evolution of a Hartford neighborhood: Susan Campbell chronicles the history of Frog Hollow in her latest book

WNPR: “The story of Frog Hollow”

ICRV Radio: http://cp.icrvradio.com/archive?program_id%5B%5D=54#

WFSB “Face the State” with Dennis House: https://www.wfsb.com/news/face-the-state-frog-hollow-is-one-of-ct-s/video_bfc8420b-15ab-572a-b4cb-6637fb52bc78.html

HPTV’s “Explorando Hartford,” with Maricarmen Cajahuaringa (Steven Diaz, videographer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn13pPUitYA&list=PLGK-1o4-idvR0SVyY4jtYVYJ9bYV97oPw&index=4&t=0s