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Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

This Depression-era road improvement project sought to artfully balance the natural and built environments, and despite setbacks and scandal, achieved its aims.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Greenwich, Historic Preservation, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Transportation

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1870 Stanley catalog image of a Bailey Bench Plane

Stanley Works for New Britain

April 19, 2014

In 1843, Frederick Stanley founded a small shop in New Britain to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware products for sale to local residents. Years of quality products and innovation …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, New Britain, Work

Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Vietnam Veterans Against the War – Today in History

On April 19, 1971, Vietnam veterans groups from Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford joined demonstrations in Washington, DC. Calling for immediate American withdrawal, the organization Vietnam Veterans Against the War …[more]

Categories: Social Movements, Vietnam War

Uniformed military police escort Erich Gimpel, right foreground, and William C. Colepaugh, background, into court at Governors Island, NY March 3,1945, for another trial session. Both were subsequently convicted as Nazi spies and sentenced to die by hanging - © The Associated Press/U.S. Army

A Connecticut Nazi Spy Has a Change of Heart

April 18, 2014

On the morning of October 6, 1944, Niantic-born William Colepaugh boarded the German submarine U-1230 headed for the coast of Maine. Having only months earlier left his life in America …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, East Lyme, World War II

Charles H. Dow

Humble Beginnings of the Dow Jones: How a Sterling Farmer Became the Toast of Wall Street

April 17, 2014

The life of Charles Dow, in many respects, follows the storyline of the prototypical self-made man. Denied a proper education by tragic circumstances in his childhood, Dow pursued his dream …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Popular Culture, Sterling, Work

Aldrich Free Public Library, Plainfield

Aldrich Free Public Library: Dedicated to the Dissemination of Knowledge

April 16, 2014

Over 100 years ago, residents of the Moosup section of Plainfield organized a free public library “for the promotion and dissemination of useful knowledge” to its local citizenry. While a …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Everyday Life, Historic Preservation, Plainfield

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