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University of Connecticut, Commencement

UConn and the Evolution of a Public University

September 28, 2016

From farming and war work to physics and sports, the University of Connecticut has diversified over the years and become New England’s leading public university. …[more]

Categories: Education, Everyday Life, Mansfield

Map of the Freedom Trail Sites

Site Lines: Connecticut’s Freedom Trail

September 28, 2016

Sites along the Connecticut Freedom Trail mark key events in the quest to achieve freedom and social equality for African Americans in the state.  …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Exploration and Discovery, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Picking Tobacco in the Connecticut River Valley

Literacy Tests and the Right To Vote

September 27, 2016

Connecticut was the first state to require a literacy test of would-be voters and, even as the practice came under fire as a tool of discrimination, the state held steady until 1970.  …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, Politics and Government, Social Movements, Windsor, Work

Hartford Blues, ca. 1926 - John Flynn on Wikipedia (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

When the NFL Played in Connecticut: The Hartford Blues

September 26, 2016

In 1926, the Hartford Blues became the first and only NFL team to call Connecticut home. After a disappointing season, the NFL voted them out of the league. …[more]

Categories: East Hartford, Hartford, New Haven, Sports and Recreation, Waterbury

First Connecticut Heavy Artillery monument by Stephen Maslen Monument Works, Hartford - Courtesy of Stacey Renee

A Monument Memorializes the Fallen

September 25, 2016

In front of the state capitol is a mortar commemorating the service of the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment. The mortar may or may not be the original "Petersburg Express" used at the famous siege of Petersburg, Virginia, during the Civil War. …[more]

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

President Richard Nixon visits Hartford

The 42-Day Income Tax

September 24, 2016

In 1971, to eliminate the state's budget deficit, Connecticut legislators approved a tax on income. Just forty-two days later, they repealed it, instead voting to increase the state's sales tax. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Hartford, Law, New Britain, The State

Charcoal Kiln, Union

1938 Hurricane Fuels Charcoal Business – Who Knew?

September 23, 2016

…that the hurricane of 1938 which devastated the Quinebaug Forest ended up driving the development of the charcoal industry in Union. The Quinebaug Forest Company began in the early 1900s …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Union, Who Knew?


Video – When Disaster Struck: The 1938 Hurricane, Part I

September 22, 2016

The CPTV Original, When Disaster Struck Connecticut, provides an in-depth look at the four major natural disasters that befell Connecticut between 1888 and 1955. This clip of archival sources and eyewitness accounts paints a vivid picture of how Connecticut residents coped with the 1938 Hurricane.  …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Environment, Weather

Piling sandbags, Colt dike

The Hurricane of 1938 Rocks Connecticut

September 22, 2016

Together the combination of chance and human error produced the most destructive hurricane in Connecticut's history. …[more]

Categories: Disaster, New London, Stonington, Weather

Nathan Hale Statue, Hartford

Nathan Hale Hanged in New York – Today in History: September 22

September 22, 2016

On September 22, 1776, the British hanged Revolutionary War soldier Nathan Hale for spying. Born in Coventry in 1755, Hale attended Yale College and later became a schoolteacher. After hostilities …[more]

Categories: Coventry, Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War, The State, War and Defense

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