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Machine for Paring Cocoa Nut Meats

North Branford Vied for the Title of “Shredded Coconut Capital of the World” – Who Knew?

July 27, 2015

…that patents granted to North Branford residents included one for a device used for paring coconut meats in 1875. An industrial invention rather than a tool for the home kitchen, …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, North Branford, Who Knew?

Highway bridge spanning Connecticut River

An American Heritage River – Today in History: July 27

July 27, 2015

On July 27, 1998, Vice President Al Gore designated the Connecticut River one of 14 American Heritage Rivers. The American Heritage River program was designed to restore the historic, economic, …[more]

Categories: Environment

Sign for the Temperance Hotel, ca. 1826-1842. During the peak of the temperance movement some Connecticut towns refused to grant tavern licenses. The pressure to limit or abolish alcohol consumption prompted some innkeepers to operate “dry” establishments, known as temperance taverns or hotels - Connecticut Historical Society, Morgan B. Brainard Collection

Hope for the West: The Life and Mission of Lyman Beecher

July 26, 2015

Lyman Beecher was one of the most influential Protestant preachers of the 19th century, as well as father to some of the nation's greatest preachers, writers, and social activists. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Education, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Litchfield, Literature, New Haven

Third Annual Report of the Managers of the Colonization Society of the State of Connecticut

Liberian Independence Day

July 26, 2015

The Colonization Society of Connecticut was part of a national movement that arose before the Civil War to promote emigration of free blacks to Africa.  …[more]

Categories: Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Wide Awakes banner

Hartford Wide-Awakes – Today in History: July 26

July 26, 2015

On July 26, 1860, the Hartford Wide-Awakes welcomed the Newark, New Jersey, Wide-Awakes to a banquet and ratification meeting at Hartford’s City Hall. The Wide-Awakes in Hartford were a political …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, Social Movements


Video – Florence Wald Tribute Film

July 25, 2015

YouTube – Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to Florence Wald, founder of hospice care in the United States. Dean of the Yale University …[more]

Categories: Branford, Health and Medicine, Women

Civil War Sanitary Commission

Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2015

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response to the needs of Civil War soldiers beyond what the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

Asher Brown Durand engraving of Joel Barlow - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

The Hartford Wits

July 24, 2015

Eventually taking the name the "Hartford Wits," some of the most influential figures of the 18th century got together to write poetry that documented the state of the times. …[more]

Categories: Derby, Hartford, Literature, Middletown, New Haven, Redding, Revolutionary War, Timothy Dwight, Waterbury, Watertown

Rev. Mrs. Olympia Brown, ca. 1909-1919 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection

America’s First Ordained Woman Minister: Olympia Brown and Bridgeport’s Universalist Church

July 23, 2015

Long-time Bridgeport resident Olympia Brown was the first woman ordained as a minister in the United States and campaigned vigorously for women's suffrage. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Bridgeport, Women

Alexander Calder at Stegosaurus sculpture dedication

A World in Motion: Artist and Sculptor Alexander Calder

July 22, 2015

Most renowned for his invention of the mobile, an abstract sculpture that moves, Calder is considered a pioneer of kinetic art. …[more]

Categories: Arts, CT AT Work: Waterbury Area, Invention and Technology, Roxbury

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