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Charles G. Finney

Charles Grandison Finney Spreads Revivalism and Education throughout the Mississippi Valley

August 27, 2014

Charles Grandison Finney was a revivalist preacher and educator born in Warren on August 27, 1792. He was the seventh child of Josiah Finney and Sarah Curtiss—two of Warren’s earliest …[more]

Categories: Belief, CT At Work: Torrington Area, Exploration and Discovery, Warren

Charles E. Bean, et al., Device for Eliminating Motor Vehicle Headlight Glare Patent Number 2,012,620August 27, 1935

Patents – Stafford’s Inventive Minds

August 26, 2014

Starting in 1790, Connecticut became a national leader in obtaining patents for its abundant innovations. It not only led the nation in patents issued per capita, but in 1809, South Killingly resident Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a US patent. …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Coventry Area, Invention and Technology, Stafford

The southeast block of West Street, Litchfield as it looked in the Civil War era, 1867

The Peace Movement in Litchfield

August 25, 2014

Connecticut saw no combat on its soil during the Civil War. Yet, the conflict left its mark on the state in ways that historians are still sorting out. This account details the war's impact on two Connecticut towns.  …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Politics and Government, Social Movements

Fairground

A Fair to Remember in Brooklyn

August 24, 2014

The Brooklyn Fair is held annually during the last weekend in August and is sponsored by the Windham County Agricultural Society. The society’s goal in sponsoring the fair is to …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Brooklyn, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

Hartford classroom, 1957

Five Minutes that Changed Connecticut: Simon Bernstein and the 1965 Connecticut Education Amendment

August 24, 2014

“There shall always be free public elementary and secondary schools in the state. The general assembly shall implement this principle by appropriate legislation.” …[more]

Categories: Bloomfield, Education, Hartford, Politics and Government

Postcard of Dinosaur State Park, ca. 1960s

Discovered Dinosaur Tracks Re-Route Highway and Lead to State Park

August 23, 2014

Some 200 million years ago, carnivorous dinosaurs roamed Rocky Hill leaving the three-toed tracks that would become our state fossil.  …[more]

Categories: Education, Environment, Exploration and Discovery, Rocky Hill, Science

Dinosaur Tracks

Dinosaur Tracks Found – Today in History: August 23

August 23, 2014

On August 23, 1966, hundreds of dinosaur tracks were uncovered in Rocky Hill. The first few tracks were discovered by a bulldozer operator who was excavating the site for a …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Rocky Hill, Science

President Roosevelt and his entourage in Hartford

Roosevelt Rides in an Electric Car – Today in History: August 22

August 22, 2014

On August 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt rode through the streets of Hartford in an electric automobile. Automobile production was in its early stages of development at the turn of …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Invention and Technology, Transportation

Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

Hiding the Charter: Images of Joseph Wadsworth’s Legendary Action

August 21, 2014

Overshadowed by the famed oak, Joseph Wadsworth, “the hero of the Charter,” has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Connecticut history—he doesn’t get any respect—or much recognition. …[more]

Categories: Folklore, Politics and Government

The Charter Oak before its fall

The Charter Oak Fell – Today in History: August 21

August 21, 2014

On August 21, 1856, the Charter Oak, a noted landmark and symbol of Hartford and Connecticut, fell during a severe wind and rain storm. The name “Charter Oak” came from …[more]

Categories: Environment, Folklore, Hartford

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