Hartford classroom, 1957

Five Minutes that Changed Connecticut: Simon Bernstein and the 1965 Connecticut Education Amendment

“There shall always be free public elementary and secondary schools in the state. The general assembly shall implement this principle by appropriate legislation.” …[more]

Categories: Bloomfield, Education, Hartford, Politics and Government


Theodate posing for painter Robert Brandegee in 1902

Theodate Pope Riddle Dies – Today in History: August 30

August 30, 2014

On August 30, 1946, Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the nation’s first successful woman architects, died at the age of 79. The daughter of wealthy Ohioans Alfred Atmore Pope and …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Farmington, Theodate Pope Riddle, Women

Halladay's Wind-Mill from Illustrated Annual Register of Rural Affairs: A Practical and Copiously Illustrated Register of Rural Economy and Rural Taste, 1858

Halladay’s Revolutionary Windmill – Today in History: August 29

August 29, 2014

On August 29, 1854, Daniel Halladay a machinist, inventor, and businessman patented the first commercially viable windmill—Halladay’s Self-Governing Windmill. Halladay had been approached to work on the design by a …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Coventry, Ellington, Invention and Technology

Bird's-eye map of Moosup, Conn. Uniondale and Almyville,

A Bird’s-eye View of Moosup

This depiction of a Quinebaug Valley town and its satellite communities—Uniondale and Almyville—records an idealized view of the 19th-century textile boom. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Everyday Life, Plainfield

Detail for a Map exhibiting the route of the Norwich & Worcester rail-road surveyed by James P. Kirkwood, James Laurie (Civil Engineers)..., ca. 1835 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

Lisbon Tunnel Completed – Today in History: August 28

August 28, 2014

The Norwich and Worcester Railroad built the first railroad tunnel in Connecticut, and one of the first tunnels in the nation, in the town of Lisbon in the 1830s. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT At Work: Coventry Area, Lisbon, Transportation

Roger Tory Peterson, European starlings

Artist Roger Tory Peterson, a Champion for the Natural World

"The philosophy that I have worked under most of my life is that the serious study of natural history is an activity which has far-reaching effects in every aspect of a person's life," said Roger Tory Peterson, an artist, author, and influential conservationist whose own life epitomized this belief.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Environment, Old Lyme, Science

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