Video – Vampires and Witches in Connecticut a Lecture and Panel Discussion

Explore Connecticut’s aggressive prosecution and execution of accused witches between 1647 and 1663, decades before the famous Salem witch trials. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Folklore, Health and Medicine


Results of Halloween pranks, Windsor

Past Hallowe’en Pranks Bemused Some and Frustrated Others

October 31, 2014

Jack o’ lanterns, cider, masquerades, witches, and ghosts—many of the holiday staples that we still associate with Halloween were familiar to Connecticut residents in the early 1900s. Likewise, the tricks …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Windsor

Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

Hiding the Charter: Images of Joseph Wadsworth’s Legendary Action

Overshadowed by the famed oak, Joseph Wadsworth, “the hero of the Charter,” has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Connecticut history—he doesn’t get any respect—or much recognition. …[more]

Categories: Folklore, Politics and Government

William Gillette's Held by the Enemy. Copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith Co., Cin'ti & N.Y.  - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

American Actor Changes 19th-Century Theater – Who Knew?

October 30, 2014

Hartford-born William Gillette, known best for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in film and theater, was also a successful playwright. His 1886 Civil War drama, Held by the Enemy, earned accolades from British critics and audiences and helped change perceptions of American art forms overseas. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Popular Culture


Video – Haunted History: Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Your Town’s History in Video: Harriet Beecher Stowe House …[more]

Categories: Belief, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Popular Culture

Illustration of "The Connecticut Courant", Oct. 29, 1764

The Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper – Today in History: October 29

October 29, 2014

On October 29, 1764, New Haven printer Thomas Green established a weekly newspaper, the Connecticut Courant, in Hartford. Only the third newspaper to be published in the colony—and now known …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Hartford

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