Mead Memorial Park, New Canaan

Summer Crowds Flocked to New Canaan and Stayed

Like many towns in Connecticut, New Canaan owes much of its modern character to the evolution of industry and transportation in the Northeast. Unlike more industrialized areas, however, a secluded …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, New Canaan, Sports and Recreation, Transportation


Benjamin Silliman

Benjamin Silliman and the Collection That Inspired the Yale Peabody Museum

July 7, 2015

In early July of 1779, a pregnant Mary Silliman watched from her home as British troops landed in Fairfield, Connecticut. Having recently lost her husband, a militia general, to capture …[more]

Categories: Education, New Haven, Science, Trumbull

Burning of Fairfield

British Burn Fairfield – Today in History: July 7

On July 7, 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the British anchored a fleet of warships off the coast of Fairfield, Connecticut. The British soldiers waited for the fog to lift …[more]

Categories: Fairfield, Revolutionary War, War and Defense

People flee the circus tent, July 1944  Hartford Courant file image

The Hartford Circus Fire

July 6, 2015

Thursday July 6, 1944, was a miserably hot day in Connecticut. In a field on Barbour Street in Hartford, between six- and eight-thousand patrons sought distraction from the summer heat by …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Hartford, P.T. Barnum, Popular Culture

Clown with bucket

The Hartford Circus Fire – Today in History: July 6

In the summer of 1944 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus set up its show in Hartford’s North End. On July 6, during an afternoon performance attended by …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Hartford, P.T. Barnum


Video – Free-for-all Race at Charter Oak Park

July 5, 2015

A crowd of some 25,000 to 30,000 people turned out to see John R. Gentry compete for a $6,000 purse. …[more]

Categories: Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation, West Hartford

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