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Keney Park Meadow, ca. early 1900s

The Park Movement in Hartford

The Hartford City Parks Collection comprises a rich archive, documenting Hartford’s pioneering effort to establish and maintain a viable system of municipal parks and connecting parkways between them.


Horace Bushnell

Horace Bushnell Born – Today in History: April 14

April 14, 2020 • Horace Bushnell, Belief, Litchfield

On April 14, 1802, Horace Bushnell was born in Bantam and is often called the “father of American religious liberalism.”


Panoramic view of Bushnell Park, Hartford

Land Purchase Becomes Bushnell Park – Today in History: January 5

On January 5, 1854, Hartford voters approved spending over $100,000 in public funds for land that would become a municipal park.


Video – Hidden History: Bushnell Park

Your Town’s History in Video: Bushnell Park


Video – Dotha Bushnell Hillyer Tribute Film

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to philanthropist Dotha Bushnell Hillyer, patron of a living memorial to her father, the Reverend Horace Bushnell.


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