From its time as part of a Native settlement to its 1920 debut as a state park, Hammonasset Beach in Madison has a long history. The state’s largest shoreline park now features a new boardwalk, nature walks, and a seaside preserve for birds and other wildlife - Boston Public Library, The Tichnor Brothers Collection

Summer Hot Spots of Yesteryear

Sun, sand, amusements, and more lured residents and visitors alike to these destinations, many of which are still popular getaways.  …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation


“4 original Rock n Roll Bands October 28, 1982,” concert flyer. Joe Snow Punk Rock Collection - Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries

Hardcore Connecticut: Documenting the State’s Punk Rock Scene

July 30, 2015

Hardcore punk rockers occupied venue spaces, spectators became performers, pools became skate parks, and Xerox machines became the printing press in this underground renaissance. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Popular Culture, West Haven

Powder Ridge Music Festival, 1970 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

Connecticut’s “Woodstock” Canceled – Today in History: July 30

On July 30, 1970, Louis Zemel, the owner of Powder Ridge Ski Area in Middlefield had to tell a crowd of thousands that the scheduled three-day rock festival they had …[more]

Categories: Middlefield, Popular Culture

Fire at Cos Cob School, Roberta Lindstrom, photographer

Fire Ravages Cos Cob School – Today in History: July 29

July 29, 2015

At 1:59 a.m. on July 29, 1990, a smoke detector signal alerted the central Greenwich fire station of a fire at the Cos Cob School. Cos Cob responded in two …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Greenwich


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

Connecticut Valley R. R. schedule

Connecticut Valley Railroad’s First Train – Today in History: July 29

On July 29, 1871, a ceremonial train ran along the new 44-mile single-line track built by the Connecticut Valley Railroad. James C. Walkely, the president of Charter Oak Life Insurance …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Old Saybrook, Transportation

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