The Belgium booth at “The Allied Market,” The Sister Susie Society’s first World War I fundraiser fair, held on the Washington Green on August 5, 1916 - Gunn Memorial Museum

Washington’s Sister Susie Society

The Sister Susie Society in Washington, Connecticut, started out as a reading circle but became a fundraising and World War I relief organization. …[more]

Categories: War and Defense, Washington, Women, World War I


Scrabble tiles

Scrabble Copyrighted – Today in History: December 1

December 1, 2015

On December 1, 1948, James Brunot of Newtown copyrighted the famous spelling game Scrabble. Designed in 1931 by architect Alfred Mosher Butts under the name Lexico, the original game was …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Newtown, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

Ralph Earl, Oliver Wolcott

Oliver Wolcott Dies – Today in History: December 1

On December 1, 1797, signer of the Declaration of Independence Oliver Wolcott died while serving his term as Connecticut’s governor. Born in 1726 to a prominent political family, Wolcott grew …[more]

Categories: Litchfield, Oliver Wolcott, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Windsor

Goshen Animal Pound, circa 1800

Goshen’s Animal Pound

November 30, 2015

Livestock were once a central feature and concern of daily life for Litchfield County residents. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Everyday Life, Goshen

Governor Wilbur L. Cross

Video: 1938 Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 26, 2015

Connecticut Governor Wilbur L. Cross reading his 1938 Thanksgiving Proclamation to his cabinet. This was the first sound film ever made featuring a Governor of Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Politics and Government, Wilbur Cross


Quiz – Test your Connecticut History Thanksgiving Smarts

So you think it all started when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock? Think again!  …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Popular Culture

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