Game ball patent filed Feb. 18, 1954

Wiffle Throws a Curve in American Leisure Time

When Fairfield resident David N. Mullany created the concept for a lightweight ball, he didn’t know his invention would change the way children across the US played backyard baseball. …[more]

Categories: Popular Culture, Shelton, Sports and Recreation


Third Annual Report of the Managers of the Colonization Society of the State of Connecticut

Liberian Independence Day

July 26, 2016

The Colonization Society of Connecticut was part of a national movement that arose before the Civil War to promote emigration of free blacks to Africa.  …[more]

Categories: Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Wide Awakes banner

Hartford Wide-Awakes – Today in History: July 26

On July 26, 1860, the Hartford Wide-Awakes welcomed the Newark, New Jersey, Wide-Awakes to a banquet and ratification meeting at Hartford’s City Hall. The Wide-Awakes in Hartford were a political …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, Social Movements

Civil War Sanitary Commission

Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2016

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response to the needs of Civil War soldiers beyond what the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

Rev. Mrs. Olympia Brown, ca. 1909-1919 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection

America’s First Ordained Woman Minister: Olympia Brown and Bridgeport’s Universalist Church

July 24, 2016

Long-time Bridgeport resident Olympia Brown was the first woman ordained as a minister in the United States and campaigned vigorously for women's suffrage. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Bridgeport, Women


Video – William Gillette’s Railroad

YouTube – CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Actor William Gillette is featured in this two-minute newsreel, “Sherlock Holmes Turns Engineer,” filmed by Fox Movietone News in 1927. Gillette’s  …[more]

Categories: Bristol, East Haddam, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, William Gillette

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