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Frances Wadsworth in her Studio. Photograph, 1950s. Frances Wadsworth is shown working on her statue commemorating Thomas Gallaudet - Connecticut Historical Society

Frances Laughlin Wadsworth: Sculpting the Past

April 24, 2014

Her statues honor the famous, from Thomas Hooker and Helen Keller to Alice Cogswell, the first pupil of what became The American School for the Deaf.  …[more]

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

Arsenic and Old Lace

Windsor’s “Murder Factory”

April 24, 2014

At the beginning of the 20th century, Amy Duggan Archer Gilligan operated a home for the elderly in Windsor, Connecticut. Having spent a significant portion of her professional life caring …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Windsor

Western view of Plainfield

Plainfield Academy: Grooming Connecticut Scholars in the 18th and 19th Centuries

April 23, 2014

Founded in the late 18th century, the Plainfield Academy went on to become just the third school incorporated in the state of Connecticut. Its classical influences and challenging curriculum groomed …[more]

Categories: Education, Plainfield, Work


One Powerful Family in Bozrah

April 22, 2014

Popular perceptions of utility companies, particularly those that provide electricity, often include images of enormous corporate entities with millions of dollars invested in infrastructure to manage intricate networks of power …[more]

Categories: Bozrah, Business and Industry, Work

John Warner Barber, Public square or green, in New Haven

Benedict Arnold Demands the Key – Today in History

April 22, 2014

On April 22, 1775, Benedict Arnold demanded the key to New Haven’s powder house. After hearing the news of the fighting at Lexington, Massachusetts, Arnold, as the commander of the …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, New Haven, Revolutionary War, War and Defense

Artist’s rendering of the Connecticut Yankee Power Company Plant

Connecticut Yankee and Millstone: 46 Years of Nuclear Power

April 21, 2014

In 1968 the prospect of nuclear power energized those hoping to find an alternative to coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Haddam, Science, Waterford

The boiler that fed the machinery at the Fales & Gray Car Works in Hartford exploded

100 Years of Workers’ Compensation

April 21, 2014

Early attempts to enact industrial accident protections for workers were ruled unconstitutional by US courts, but a New York tragedy paved the way to successful legislation in Connecticut and elsewhere.  …[more]

Categories: Law, Work

William E. Simonds

William Edgar Simonds: A Schoolteacher Turned Civil War Hero

April 20, 2014

Born into a destitute family, William Edgar Simonds originally set his sights on a career as a school teacher. Service to his country during the Civil War, however, changed all …[more]

Categories: Canton, Civil War, Education, Politics and Government, Work

Keney Park Meadow, ca. early 1900s

The Park Movement in Hartford

April 20, 2014

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. …[more]

Categories: Environment, Hartford, Horace Bushnell, Sports and Recreation

Morris Academy

Hidden Nearby: The Morris Academy

April 20, 2014

Rare for his time, educator James Morris accepted both boys and girls as students. …[more]

Categories: Education, Goshen, Morris, Timothy Dwight

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