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Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2016

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response to the needs of Civil War soldiers beyond what the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

Rev. Mrs. Olympia Brown, ca. 1909-1919 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection

America’s First Ordained Woman Minister: Olympia Brown and Bridgeport’s Universalist Church

July 24, 2016

Long-time Bridgeport resident Olympia Brown was the first woman ordained as a minister in the United States and campaigned vigorously for women's suffrage. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Bridgeport, Women


Video – William Gillette’s Railroad

July 24, 2016

YouTube – CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Actor William Gillette is featured in this two-minute newsreel, “Sherlock Holmes Turns Engineer,” filmed by Fox Movietone News in 1927. Gillette’s  …[more]

Categories: Bristol, East Haddam, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, William Gillette

John F. Weir, Roger Sherman, ca. 1902

Roger Sherman, Revolutionary and Dedicated Public Servant

July 23, 2016

An author of the Connecticut Compromise, Roger Sherman is also the only person to have signed all four of the most significant documents in our nation’s early history. …[more]

Categories: New Haven, New Milford, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Roger Sherman

Alexander Calder at Stegosaurus sculpture dedication

A World in Motion: Artist and Sculptor Alexander Calder

July 22, 2016

Most renowned for his invention of the mobile, an abstract sculpture that moves, Calder is considered a pioneer of kinetic art. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Invention and Technology, Roxbury

Dr. Eli Todd

Medical Pioneer Eli Todd born – Today in History: July 22

July 22, 2016

On July 22, 1769, Eli Todd was born in New Haven. A Yale graduate, Todd was a pioneer in the treatment of the mentally ill and believed that humane care …[more]

Categories: Farmington, Hartford, Health and Medicine, New Haven, Social Movements

A Muster Ceremony, New Haven Green

The First Battle of Bull Run: Connecticut Troops Stand Firm When the Battle Turns Against Them

July 21, 2016

Connecticut troops earned admiration for staying to fight when others fled. …[more]

Categories: Brooklyn, Civil War, War and Defense

Dr. Sheffield's creme dentifrice box

Aristocratic Dental Cream Gets Squeezed

July 21, 2016

Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield was born in North Stonington, Connecticut. After graduating from dental college, he worked in the practice of Dr. J.A.G. Comstock of New London, practiced briefly in …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Health and Medicine, Invention and Technology, New London, North Stonington

Henry Davis

Cleopatra’s Needle and Groton’s Captain Davis – Who Knew?

July 20, 2016

…that Cleopatra’s Needle, the Egyptian obelisk erected in Central Park across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arrived safely from Egypt due to the ingenuity of Noank’s Henry E. Davis. …[more]

Categories: Groton, Invention and Technology, Who Knew?

Cover of a patriotic song dedicated to Lincoln's secretary of the navy Gideon Welles

Gideon Welles, US Secretary of the Navy and Lincoln’s “Neptune”

July 20, 2016

“He was a man of no decorations; … but he understood his duty and he did it efficiently, continually and unwaveringly,” said a contemporary of this Glastonbury-born leader. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Gideon Welles, Glastonbury, War and Defense

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