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Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam

Goodspeed Opera House Opens – Today in History: October 24

October 24, 2014

On October 24, 1877, the Goodspeed Opera House on the Connecticut River in East Haddam officially opened to the public with the productions of Charles II, Box and Cox, and …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Arts, East Haddam, Popular Culture

Sketch of Machinery for B.D. Beecher's propeller

Benjamin Dutton Beecher had a Penchant for Invention

October 23, 2014

Benjamin Dutton Beecher was a millwright and machinist with a knack for invention. Described by some as “eccentric,” Beecher lived a modest life in Prospect in an 8-sided house of …[more]

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

Girl’s Stays

Little Nutmeggers: Four Centuries of Children’s Clothes and Games

October 22, 2014

Modes of dress and means of play for youngsters reflect more than changing tastes; they reveal shifts in societal attitudes toward the pre-adult years.  …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life

Paper dresses

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

October 22, 2014

…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?

Anna Hyatt Huntington

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

October 20, 2014

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

Categories: Arts, Danbury

Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918

October 20, 2014

For those who lived through the 1918 flu, life was never same. John Delano of New Haven recalled, "The neighborhood changed. People changed. Everything changed." …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Health and Medicine

WestHavenPop

Over Time: West Haven’s Historical Population

October 19, 2014

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time. …[more]

Categories: West Haven

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

…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: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Hartford, Literature, Who Knew?

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