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Chick Austin as the magician, The Great Osram, in 1944

Chick Austin Modernizes a Connecticut Institution

December 18, 2014

Arthur Everett “Chick” Austin Jr., director of the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1927 to 1944, put Hartford on the cultural map.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Hartford, Popular Culture

Advertising leaflet for the "Cal" Pistol, J. & E. Stevens Co., Cromwell

Cromwell’s Iron Men Made Toys for Boys and Girls

December 17, 2014

When John and Elisha Stevens formed the J & E Stevens Company in Cromwell in 1843, they intended to manufacture cast-iron hardware, hammers, and a few iron toys. The success …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Cromwell, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Everyday Life, Popular Culture

Holy Land USA, circa 1950s - Jennifer A. Bremer,

Waterbury’s Holy Land

December 16, 2014

Holy Land USA is a Waterbury theme park celebrating the story of the Bible. Made conspicuous by its giant cross overlooking Interstate 84, the park once attracted tens of thousands …[more]

Categories: Belief, CT AT Work: Waterbury Area, Popular Culture, Waterbury

US Post Office, 1946, Bethlehem

Connecticut’s Christmas Town

December 15, 2014

Nestled in a quiet section of Litchfield County lies the picturesque town of Bethlehem, Connecticut. Named after the birthplace of Jesus, the town’s history is one steeped in religion. Bethlehem …[more]

Categories: Belief, Bethlehem, CT AT Work: Waterbury Area, Everyday Life, Popular Culture

The Old State House, Hartford

The Hartford Convention – Today in History: December 15

December 15, 2014

On December 15, 1814, delegates to the Hartford Convention met in secret at the Old State House in Hartford. The Massachusetts legislature had requested the conference in October and delegates …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, War and Defense, War of 1812

Detail from Map of the Farmington Canal

Farmington Canal Designed to Give Connecticut Commerce a Competitive Edge

December 14, 2014

Commerce for the United States of America in the early 1800s was firmly anchored in the farms and small towns along the Eastern Seaboard, yet travel among the new country’s …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Farmington, New Haven, Transportation

Benjamin Silliman

First Recorded Fall of Meteorites in the United States – Today in History: December 14

December 14, 2014

At the break of dawn on December 14, 1807, a meteoroid exploded over Fairfield County. Shards of rock were witnessed to have fallen from the sky in Weston and a …[more]

Categories: Science, Weston

Dodd Gun Bill Becomes Law

Thomas J. Dodd and the Gun Control Act of 1968

December 13, 2014

Written in December 1791, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2015, Law, Politics and Government

Music Vale Seminary, Salem

Music Vale Seminary in Salem Credited as Being First in US

December 13, 2014

In the mid-19th century, Orramel Whittlesey founded a music conservatory in Salem, Connecticut. The conservatory served as a boarding school attended primarily by young women who came from all over …[more]

Categories: Arts, Education, Salem

Late 19th century Christmas postcards

Sending Season’s Greetings: Christmas Cards in Connecticut

December 12, 2014

For nearly a decade, this little Connecticut town was renowned as the Christmas-card center of the world. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, North Branford, Popular Culture

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