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William Gillette's Held by the Enemy. Copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith Co., Cin'ti & N.Y.  - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

American Actor Changes 19th-Century Theater – Who Knew?

October 30, 2014

Hartford-born William Gillette, known best for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in film and theater, was also a successful playwright. His 1886 Civil War drama, Held by the Enemy, earned accolades from British critics and audiences and helped change perceptions of American art forms overseas. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Popular Culture

VideoHarrietBeecher

Video – Haunted History: Harriet Beecher Stowe House

October 30, 2014

Your Town’s History in Video: Harriet Beecher Stowe House …[more]

Categories: Belief, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Popular Culture

Illustration of "The Connecticut Courant", Oct. 29, 1764

The Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper – Today in History: October 29

October 29, 2014

On October 29, 1764, New Haven printer Thomas Green established a weekly newspaper, the Connecticut Courant, in Hartford. Only the third newspaper to be published in the colony—and now known …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Hartford

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Video – Vampires and Witches in Connecticut a Lecture and Panel Discussion

October 29, 2014

Explore Connecticut’s aggressive prosecution and execution of accused witches between 1647 and 1663, decades before the famous Salem witch trials. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Folklore, Health and Medicine

Coltsfoot, Cornwall

Eerie Folktales Overshadow Dudleytown’s History

October 28, 2014

Dudleytown sits on a rocky plateau in northwest Connecticut. Never an incorporated town of its own, the abandoned community is a section of Cornwall originally known for its poor soil …[more]

Categories: Cornwall, Folklore, Popular Culture

Currier & Ives, The drunkards progress. From the first glass to the grave

The Temperance Movement in Connecticut – Today in History

October 27, 2014

Wo to Drunkards – Increase Mather On October 27, 1841, the steamboat Greenfield traveled a short ways down the Connecticut River with the purpose of transporting people to the Temperance …[more]

Categories: Middletown, Social Movements

Igor Sikorsky in the VS-300

Igor Sikorksy Dies – Today in History: October 26

October 26, 2014

On October 26, 1972, aviation pioneer Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky died at his home in Easton.  Founder of the Sikorsky Aviation Corporation, Sikorksy moved the company to Stratford in 1929, and …[more]

Categories: Easton, Invention and Technology, Stratford

Trumbull Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery – Today in History: October 25

October 25, 2014

On October 25, 1832, the Trumbull Gallery at Yale opened to the public. Also known as the Picture Gallery, the Trumbull Gallery holds the distinction of being the first art …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Arts, John Trumbull, New Haven

Congressional pugilists

Roger Griswold: A Governor Not Afraid To Challenge Authority

October 25, 2014

Roger Griswold was a lawyer, judge, and politician who spent the better part of his life in service to Connecticut. The son of a Connecticut governor, Griswold, himself, served as …[more]

Categories: Lyme, Politics and Government, War of 1812, Work

No Booze for You – Who Knew?

October 25, 2014

During Prohibition, many Connecticut residents found it easy to obtain alcohol illegally, though violations of Prohibition led to an increase in violent crime. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Law, Popular Culture

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