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Norwich Free Academy, School Architecture: Pt. II. Plans for Graded Schools by Henry Barnard

Henry Barnard Advances State and National Education Initiatives

July 1, 2015

This 19th-century reformer sought to promote harmonious social and civic behavior by revamping the US school system. …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Education, Hartford, Henry Barnard

P.E.  & J.A. Blake, Caster, patent number 821, June 30, 1838

Furniture Caster Patented – Today in History: June 30

June 30, 2015

On June 30, 1838, the US patent No. 821—the first for a furniture caster—was granted to the Blake Brothers of New Haven. The brothers, Eli Whitney Blake, Philos Blake, and …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Eli Whitney, Invention and Technology, New Haven

Two Days After Marriage

Grounds for Divorce – Who Knew?

June 29, 2015

… that in 1667 the colony of Connecticut passed the first divorce statute.  While Connecticut was not the first to grant a divorce, it was the first to define the …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Law, Who Knew?

Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

June 29, 2015

This Depression-era road improvement project sought to artfully balance the natural and built environments, and despite setbacks and scandal, achieved its aims.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Greenwich, Historic Preservation, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Transportation

Members of the Invisible Empire of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan arrive at city hall in Meriden, March 21, 1981, under escort by Meriden police clad in full riot gear. The Klan were in Meriden to rally in support of local police - © 2015 Associated Press, Photo by Bob Child

The Ku Klux Klan in Connecticut

June 28, 2015

The KKK first organized in Connecticut during the 1920s. Promoting themselves as part of the nativist movement, support for the organization dwindled rapidly, but still lingers. …[more]

Categories: Greenwich, Meriden, Milford, Orange, Social Movements, Windham

Collapse of the Mianus River Bridge

Mianus River Bridge Collapses – Today in History: June 28

June 28, 2015

Not long after midnight on June 28, 1983, a section of the Mianus River Bridge on I-95 in Cos Cob collapsed. Within seconds, two tractor-trailer trucks and two passenger cars …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Greenwich

Striking part of clocks patented by Noble Jerome, June 27, 1839 - Patent number 1,200

Noble Jerome’s Clock Patent Model

June 27, 2015

Noble Jerome submitted this clock patent model to the US Patent Office along with his patent application in 1839. Providing a working model to the Patent Office was a common requirement for inventors up until the 1880s.  …[more]

Categories: Bristol, Business and Industry, CT AT Work: Waterbury Area, Invention and Technology

A copy of J. Napoleon Gimbrede's ca. 1830 watercolor of The Litchfield Female Academy by Emily Hart, ca. 1856 - The Litchfield Historical Society

Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy

June 26, 2015

While several educational academies existed for girls in the years following the American Revolution, few proved more influential than Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy. Over 3,000 young women—and about 120 young men—received instruction at Pierce’s school before it closed in 1833.  …[more]

Categories: Education, Litchfield, Women

Detail of the Hartford Courant coverage Of Amy Archer-Gilligan's Arrest, May 9, 1916 -  Hartford Courant file image

Windsor’s “Murder Factory”

June 25, 2015

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, Women

Ida M. Tarbell, ca. 1905-1945 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Harris & Ewing Collection

Ida Tarbell: The Woman Who Took On Standard Oil

June 24, 2015

At the end of the 19th century, Ida Tarbell become one of the most famous "muckraking" journalists in America, thanks largely to her investigation of the Standard Oil Company. …[more]

Categories: Easton, Literature, Social Movements, Women

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