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Historian Edward Kirby will talk about the region’s industrial history, including the making of iron in Sharon, Conn. (this photo shows molders in Sharon, holding the tools they used for the compacting of special sand for casting the metal into shapes).  Photo courtesy Sharon Historical Society

The Region’s Rich history — in iron ore — explained

Beloved historian Edward Kirby of Sharon, Conn., will give a Zoom talk in partnership with the Sharon Historical Society and the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. 

Like many Tri-state area towns, Sharon had rich beds of iron ore that were used for everything from cannonballs for the Revolutionary War to train wheels in the early 1800s to mundane items such as irons and other household tools. 

Kirby is expert in all the ways the iron was made in the region, how it changed the landscape of the region, and what happened to put an end to the blazing orange skies from the iron foundries and allowed the area to return to bucolic bliss. 

Kirby is a Sharon native, an expert on local history and a compelling and interesting teacher. A former superintendent of the regional school district, he has also coached and known the area’s most successful baseball stars. 

The talk by Ed Kirby on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. is free. 

To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/o/the-hotchkiss-library-of-sharon-27611407297 

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