Fact or Fiction? P.T. Barnum History Quiz

How much do you really know about P.T. Barnum? An innovative entrepreneur, Barnum held a variety of jobs over his lifetime - from organizing poultry shows to managing traveling museums.  …[more]

Categories: P.T. Barnum, Popular Culture, Work


Dr. Sheffield's creme dentifrice box

Aristocratic Dental Cream Gets Squeezed

July 24, 2014

Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield was born in North Stonington, Connecticut. After graduating from dental college, he worked in the practice of Dr. J.A.G. Comstock of New London, practiced briefly in …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Health and Medicine, Invention and Technology, New London

Julian Alden Weir, The Farm, etching

Weir Farm the Result of a Trade – Who Knew?

 …that Weir Farm located in Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut resulted from the trade of a painting and ten dollars. Erwin Davis, New York collector and friend to impressionist painter, printmaker, …[more]

Categories: Arts, Environment, Julian Alden Weir, Ridgefield, Who Knew?, Wilton

A View of Snug Corner Cove, in Prince William’s Sound. Engraving after a drawing by John Webber, published 1783. Captain Cook and his crew explored Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska in 1778 -
Connecticut Historical Society, Daniel Wadsworth 1848.16.3.28

The Adventure of a Lifetime: John Ledyard and Captain Cook’s Last Voyage

July 23, 2014

Published in Hartford in 1783, this book by a Groton-born traveler captured a young nation's imagination with its tales of discovery.  …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery

Alexander Calder in studio, Roxbury, 1973

Calder in Connecticut: World-Famous Artist Called Roxbury Home

July 22, 2014

His mobiles, stabiles, and constellations are featured in museum collections around the world.  …[more]

Categories: Arts

Dr. Eli Todd

Medical Pioneer Eli Todd born – Today in History: July 22

On July 22, 1769, Eli Todd was born in New Haven. A Yale graduate, Todd was a pioneer in the treatment of the mentally ill and believed that humane care …[more]

Categories: Farmington, Hartford, Health and Medicine, New Haven, Social Movements

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