Lyman Beecher family by Brady Studios, ca.1859 with later insets

Catharine Beecher, Champion of Women’s Education

Sister to two of the most famous figures of the 19th century–Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher–Catharine Esther Beecher achieved fame in her own right as an educator, reformer, and writer. …[more]

Categories: Education, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Litchfield, Women


University of Connecticut, Commencement

UConn and the Evolution of a Public University

September 28, 2016

From farming and war work to physics and sports, the University of Connecticut has diversified over the years and become New England’s leading public university. …[more]

Categories: Education, Everyday Life, Mansfield

Map of the Freedom Trail Sites

Site Lines: Connecticut’s Freedom Trail

Sites along the Connecticut Freedom Trail mark key events in the quest to achieve freedom and social equality for African Americans in the state.  …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Exploration and Discovery, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Picking Tobacco in the Connecticut River Valley

Literacy Tests and the Right To Vote

September 27, 2016

Connecticut was the first state to require a literacy test of would-be voters and, even as the practice came under fire as a tool of discrimination, the state held steady until 1970.  …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, Politics and Government, Social Movements, Windsor, Work

Hartford Blues, ca. 1926 - John Flynn on Wikipedia (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

When the NFL Played in Connecticut: The Hartford Blues

September 26, 2016

In 1926, the Hartford Blues became the first and only NFL team to call Connecticut home. After a disappointing season, the NFL voted them out of the league. …[more]

Categories: East Hartford, Hartford, New Haven, Sports and Recreation, Waterbury

First Connecticut Heavy Artillery monument by Stephen Maslen Monument Works, Hartford - Courtesy of Stacey Renee

A Monument Memorializes the Fallen

September 25, 2016

In front of the state capitol is a mortar commemorating the service of the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment. The mortar may or may not be the original "Petersburg Express" used at the famous siege of Petersburg, Virginia, during the Civil War. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, War and Defense

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