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Yale College and Capitol, New Haven, engraved by Sidney L. Smith  - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Olin Dows

Hartford and New Haven: A Tale of Two Capitals

October 23, 2016

Before the expense of having two capital cities became too great, both Hartford and New Haven served that function. Hartford became the sole capital in 1875. …[more]

Categories: Hartford, John Davenport, New Haven, Politics and Government, The State, Thomas Hooker

New-Gate Prison courtyard

Notorious New-Gate Prison

October 22, 2016

A failed Simsbury copper mine is now a national historic landmark in East Granby. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, East Granby, Law, Politics and Government, Simsbury

Paper dresses

Get Out Your Paper Dress, Gal! – Who Knew?

October 22, 2016

…that in 1966 the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford was featured on the popular TV show I’ve Got a Secret. Actress Arlene Dahl appeared on the show in a dress made …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Popular Culture, Who Knew?

Gershom Bartlett, Winged Face

The Art of Life and Death in Colonial Bolton

October 21, 2016

A number of prominent artists called Bolton home in the 18th century. One of the more unique among them was stone carver Gershom Bartlett. His distinctive flair for carving cemetery …[more]

Categories: Arts, Belief, Bolton, Everyday Life

Anna Hyatt Huntington

A Celebrated Artist and a Meaningful Space – Today in History: October 20

October 20, 2016

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society's Huntington Hall honors the memory of a famed US sculptor. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Danbury

Gravestones, Old Burying Ground, Hartford

The Art of Burying the Dead: Exploring Connecticut’s Historic Cemeteries

October 19, 2016

From winged death's heads to weeping willows, gravestone carvings in Connecticut's historic cemeteries reflect changing attitudes toward mourning and memorialization.  …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Hartford, Historic Preservation

Admiral Farragut and Captain Drayton on deck of USS frigate Hartford, ca. 1861-65 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Sloop-of-War Ship’s Figurehead Lands at State Capitol

October 19, 2016

A figurehead from the USS Hartford currently resides at the Connecticut State Capitol and serves as a reminder of the state's rich maritime heritage. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol

The Hawley Memorial Medallion, dedicated in 1912 - Courtesy of Stacey Renee

A Memorial to General Hawley at the State Capitol

October 18, 2016

Although not a native of Connecticut, one would be hard pressed to find a man more committed to the people of Connecticut than Joseph Roswell Hawley. He became Brigadier General of the 1st Connecticut Infantry during the Civil War and served the state as both a senator and as Connecticut's 42nd governor. Within months of his death, the Connecticut legislature authorized construction of a memorial in his honor. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, War and Defense

Detail from the broadside an "Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly" composed by Jupiter Hammon

Hartford Publishes the First Literary Work by an African American – Who Knew?

October 17, 2016

…that Jupiter Hammon, who endured life-long enslavement became the first African American writer to be published in America when his 88-line poem, “An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ with Penitential …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Literature, Who Knew?

Sandbagging at the Stanley P. Rockwell Co

The Flood That We Forget: October 15 and 16, 1955

October 16, 2016

When we speak of the “Flood of 1955,” we should remind ourselves that two separate floods, one in August and a second one in October, occurred.  …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Environment, Weather

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