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Middle building of Connecticut Hospital for the Insane, Middletown, photograph ca. 1890-1909 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

Designed to Heal: The Connecticut General Hospital for the Insane

May 29, 2015

The design of this state facility in Middletown reflects 19th-century beliefs about the environment's ability to influence mental health.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Environment, Health and Medicine, Middletown, Social Movements

Noah Webster the schoolmaster of the republic, ca. 1891

Noah Webster and the Dream of a Common Language

May 28, 2015

Best remembered for the dictionary that now bears his name, Noah Webster played a pivotal role in shaping the young nation's political and social identity. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2015, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Education, New Haven, Noah Webster, Popular Culture, West Hartford

Stanley Budleski and flight crew, 1942 - Connecticut Historical Society. Gift of Mary Jane Dapkus

Hometown Hero: Wallingford Remembers Stanley Budleski

May 28, 2015

Yalesville green memorializes pilot who lost his life in World War II.  …[more]

Categories: Wallingford, World War II

Squires Tavern, Barkhamsted

Providing Rest for the Weary in Barkhamsted

May 27, 2015

Built in the late 18th century, Squire’s Tavern represents over 100 years of adaptive reuse architecture. Starting in the 1820s and lasting into the 1860s, Bela Squire and his family …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Barkhamsted, Historic Preservation

The Good Will Club, ca. 1920. The Club is still in operation today as the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford - Marlborough Historical Society and the Richmond Memorial Library, Marlborough

Mary Hall: Connecticut’s First Female Attorney

May 26, 2015

Writer and suffragist Mary Hall developed an interest in the law after hearing John Hooker speak at a suffragist convention. She studied under Hooker and became Connecticut's first female attorney. …[more]

Categories: Law, Marlborough, Social Movements, Women, Work

An English woodcut from the cover of A Most Certain, Strange, and True Discovery of a Witch, etc  printed by John Hammond, 1643

Alse Young Executed for Witchcraft – Today in History: May 26

May 26, 2015

On May 26, 1647, Alse Young of Windsor was the first person on record to be executed for witchcraft in the 13 colonies. Young was hanged at the Meeting House …[more]

Categories: Belief, Crime and Punishment, Hartford, Law, Wethersfield, Windsor

School children placing flowers on the graves of World War I servicemen

Memorial Day 1920 Brings a Changing of the Guard

May 25, 2015

In 1920, veterans groups played an active role in orchestrating Memorial Day observances in towns across Connecticut. As had been the case for decades, remaining members of the Grand Army …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Everyday Life, War and Defense, World War I

Wallace Nutting, The Shadow of the Blossoms

Past Perfect: Wallace Nutting Invents an Ideal Olde New England

May 25, 2015

In the early 1900s consumers bought photographs, furniture, and books from a former minister who skillfully sold the fantasy of simpler times as an antidote to modern life. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Everyday Life, Historic Preservation, Southbury

Chester Bowles

Governor Chester Bowles Dies – Today in History: May 25

May 25, 2015

On May 25, 1986, Chester Bowles, a Connecticut governor, Congressional representative, ambassador, and author, died in Essex, Connecticut. Bowles was elected the 61st governor of Connecticut in 1948, serving for …[more]

Categories: Essex, Politics and Government

The Clam Box, postcard by Cliff Scofield, ca. 1950s

Lobsters and Oysters and Clams: A Short History of Seafood in Connecticut

May 24, 2015

The ocean's bounty has been savored along the Connecticut coastline for as long as humans have been around to bring it on shore. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Greenwich, Milford, Popular Culture, Westport, Wethersfield

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