What to do with Connecticut's 1796 Old State House? Board it up, beg for funds...

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Despite a recent $3.2 million renovation, one of the nation's oldest historic state houses is on the verge of closing its doors.

Unless the state comes to the rescue, visitors won't be able walk the halls of the 211-year-old Federal-style building where the Amistad slave ship trial began, where presidents from Andrew Jackson to George H.W. Bush have visited...

The Connecticut Historical Society, which took over operations at the Old State House about four years ago, has said it will begin boarding up the 1796 National Historic Landmark on June 30.

"We looked at the budget. To continue to operate the Old State House, it would be a financial drain and would potentially bring down the Connecticut Historical Society," said James C. Williams, chairman of the historical society's board of directors.

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