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‘Trout Brook Tales’ Podcast Explores People, Places, and Events Throughout West Hartford’s Rich History

Chuck Coursey has launched the Trout Brook Tales podcast. Photo courtesy of Chuck Coursey

The ‘Trout Brook Trails’ Podcast has been made possible by services provided at the West Hartford Public Library.

Trout Brook Tales logo. Courtesy image


Trout Brook Tales, a podcast that explores people, places and events throughout West Hartford’s rich history, was officially launched on Feb. 6, 2024.

The new podcast was made possible by services offered to residents at the West Hartford Public Library’s (WHPL) Studio 20 South located at the Noah Webster Branch in West Hartford Center.

Studio 20 South provides small groups and individuals access to equipment needed to create audio, video, music, photography, graphic design, digitization, virtual reality, and desktop fabrication.

Trout Brook Tales is hosted by local resident Chuck Coursey, who is also Chairperson of the West Hartford Commission of the Arts and a former Town Councilor and Deputy Mayor.

The first episode tells the early 1950s story of world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s effort to build and new theater in West Hartford and the community’s response to that proposal.

WHPL Local History Librarian Brett Freiburger has done extensive research on the Frank Lloyd Wright proposed theater and was the featured guest on the first episode of Trout Brook Tales.

Future Trout Brook Tales episodes will continue to feature guests with extensive knowledge of West Hartford history, including Town Historian Tracey Wilson.

You can find the podcast by searching “Trout Brook Tales” on Apple, Amazon and Spotify Podcasts, as well as YouTube. Photos, videos and links related to each episode can also be found on Trout Brook Tales’ Facebook Page.

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