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Segregation Picket line-Noah Webster School, Hartford

Black History Month Resources

February 1, 2015

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), now called the Association for the Study …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Social Movements, Women

"The slave steps out of the slave-state, and his chains fall. A free state, with another chain, stands ready to en-slave him," from The American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1840, Vol. I No. 5.

The Fugitive and the Hero

February 1, 2015

A runaway slave, evading the legal realities of the Fugitive Slave Law while working aboard the steamship Hero, jumped ship in East Haddam, narrowly avoiding the slave catchers that awaited him in Hartford. …[more]

Categories: Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements


Products from New Britain’s Past

January 31, 2015


Categories: Business and Industry, New Britain

Ruins of the Upper Dam of the Kohanza Reservoir in Danbury

Frozen Reservoir Destroys Danbury – Today in History: January 31

January 31, 2015

On January 31, 1869, Danbury’s Kohanza Reservoir froze. At around 7 o’clock in the evening the icy surface broke, causing the upper Kohanza dam to burst, which in turn caused …[more]

Categories: Danbury, Disaster, Weather

In Conference at Warwick, Senators Platt, Spooner, Allison, and Aldrich from An Old-Fashioned Senator: Orville H. Platt, of Connecticut... by Louis Arthur Coolidge

Orville Platt Helps Define International Relations after the Spanish-American War

January 30, 2015

Orville Platt was a powerful Republican senator from Washington, Connecticut. He presented the Platt Amendment to Congress. …[more]

Categories: Meriden, Politics and Government, War and Defense, Washington

A Journal of Captain Cook’s Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean by John Ledyard

First General Copyright Law – Today in History: January 29

January 29, 2015

On January 29, 1783, Connecticut became the first state to pass a general colonial copyright law, entitled “An Act for the Encouragement of Literature and Genius.” Printing books in the …[more]

Categories: Law, Literature, Noah Webster

Striking part of clocks patented by Noble Jerome, June 27, 1839 - Patent number 1,200

Noble Jerome’s Clock Patent Model

January 29, 2015

Noble Jerome submitted this clock patent model to the US Patent Office along with his patent application in 1839. Providing a working model to the Patent Office was a common requirement for inventors up until the 1880s.  …[more]

Categories: Bristol, Business and Industry, CT AT Work: Waterbury Area, Invention and Technology

Fire at G. Fox & Co., Main Street, Hartford

G. Fox & Co. Destroyed by Fire – Today in History: January 29

January 29, 2015

On January 29, 1917, at about 11:00 pm, watchmen discovered a fire on the ground floor of the G. Fox & Co. building complex located on Main Street in Hartford. …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Beatrice Fox Auerbach, Business and Industry, Disaster, Hartford, Popular Culture

Lattice Truss Bridge, Ithiel Town

Town Patents the Lattice Truss Bridge – Today in History: January 28

January 28, 2015

On January 28, 1820, architect Ithiel Town was granted a patent for a wooden truss bridge, also known as Town’s Lattice Truss. An architect and civil engineer, Town had already …[more]

Categories: Cornwall, Invention and Technology, Ithiel Town, Kent, Sharon, Transportation

Hills "Archimedean" Lawn-Mower

Reel Lawn Mower Patent – Today in History: January 28

January 28, 2015

On January 28, 1868, Amariah Hills of Hockanum, Connecticut, received the first US patent for a reel-type lawn mower. In 1830, Edwin Beard Budding, an engineer from Gloucestershire, England, had …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Invention and Technology

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