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Steam tugboat J. W. Coultston, ca.1890s

The Great River: Connecticut’s Main Stream

August 25, 2016

Highway. Barrier. Resource. Sewer. Over the centuries each of these names has been used to describe one of the defining feature's of the state's landscape.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Transportation

Death of Capt. Ferrer, the Captain of the Amistad, July 1839 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

The Amistad

August 24, 2016

After slaves revolted and took control of the Amistad in 1839, Americans captured the ship off Long Island and imprisoned the slaves in New Haven. A US Supreme Court trial in which Roger Sherman Baldwin and John Quincy Adams defended the slaves, ultimately won them their freedom. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Crime and Punishment, Law, New Haven, New London, Slavery and Abolition

Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Trinity College – Scholarship and Community Engagement

August 23, 2016

Founded in 1823, Trinity College has evolved alongside the city of Hartford for nearly 200 years.  …[more]

Categories: Education, Hartford

Dinosaur Tracks

Dinosaur Tracks Found – Today in History: August 23

August 23, 2016

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, 2016

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

Portland Passenger Bridge, ca. 1906

The Longest Highway Drawbridge – Who Knew?

August 22, 2016

… that in 1896, when the Middletown and Portland Bridge over the Connecticut River opened it was the longest highway drawbridge in the world. Built by the Berlin Iron Bridge …[more]

Categories: Middletown, Portland, Who Knew?

Pier at Savin Rock, West Haven, 1905

Savin Rock Park: “Connecticut’s Coney Island”

August 21, 2016

Savin Rock Park was a seaside resort constructed in the late 19th century in the modern-day town of West Haven. Known as “Connecticut’s Coney Island,” Savin Rock Park brought together …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation, West Haven

The Charter Oak before its fall

The Charter Oak Fell – Today in History: August 21

August 21, 2016

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

Bakery of the Frisbie Pie Company, Bridgeport - Bridgeport History Center

A Pie Tin’s Soaring Sales

August 20, 2016

Tins used to hold pies at William Frisbie's pie company in Bridgeport in the late 1800s reportedly provided the inspiration for Wham-O's most popular toy, the Frisbee. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Invention and Technology, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

Detail of an advertisement for Connecticut Pies, 1913

The Pie Man from Georgetown and the Connecticut ~ Copperthite Pie Company

August 20, 2016

More than just a wagon driver and Civil War veteran, Henry Copperthite built a pie empire that started in Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Food and Drink, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven

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