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Game ball patent filed Feb. 18, 1954

Wiffle Throws a Curve in American Leisure Time

When Fairfield resident David N. Mullany created the concept for a lightweight ball, he didn’t know his invention would change the way children across the US played backyard baseball. …[more]

Categories: Popular Culture, Shelton, Sports and Recreation

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Third Annual Report of the Managers of the Colonization Society of the State of Connecticut

Liberian Independence Day

July 26, 2016

The Colonization Society of Connecticut was part of a national movement that arose before the Civil War to promote emigration of free blacks to Africa.  …[more]

Categories: Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

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Hartford Wide-Awakes – Today in History: July 26

On July 26, 1860, the Hartford Wide-Awakes welcomed the Newark, New Jersey, Wide-Awakes to a banquet and ratification meeting at Hartford’s City Hall. The Wide-Awakes in Hartford were a political …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, Social Movements

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Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2016

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response to the needs of Civil War soldiers beyond what the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

Rev. Mrs. Olympia Brown, ca. 1909-1919 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection

America’s First Ordained Woman Minister: Olympia Brown and Bridgeport’s Universalist Church

July 24, 2016

Long-time Bridgeport resident Olympia Brown was the first woman ordained as a minister in the United States and campaigned vigorously for women's suffrage. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Bridgeport, Women

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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

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