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Elm Arcade, Temple Street, New Haven

A Beautiful and Goodly Tree: The Rise and Fall of the American Elm

Almost every Connecticut town has an Elm Street, named for the popular trees that grew in abundance until a fungal infestation greatly diminished their numbers.


James Mars

James Mars’ Words Illuminate the Cruelty of Slavery in New England

Mars’ landmark memoir of the mid-1800s reveals how enslaved men and women suffered—and resisted—the injustices of bondage.


The Innumerable Accolades Afforded Dr. William H. Welch

Trained at Yale, William Welch was a native of Norfolk, Connecticut, and one of the most celebrated physicians of his time.


Portrait of James Mars

1850s Equal Rights Activist James Mars

James Mars became one of the most prominent African Americans in the region, and a leader of Hartford’s African American community.


Hotchkiss & Sons Artillery Projectiles

Connecticut Arms the Union

By the Civil War’s end, Connecticut had supplied 43% of the total of all rifle muskets, breech loading rifles and carbines, and revolvers bought by the War Department.


Norfolk—Alive With The Sound of Summer Music

May 14, 2014 • Arts, Education, Norfolk

Norfolk began hosting the Yale Summer School of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival back in 1941.


Over Time: Norfolk’s Historical Population

January 1, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Norfolk

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


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