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Thanksgiving Proclamation, Matthew Griswold, New Haven, 1785

Governor Griswold’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 24, 2015

This broadside (a large piece of paper printed on only one side) issued by Thomas and Samuel Green of New Haven announced the Proclamation of Governor Matthew Griswold naming Thursday …[more]

Categories: Politics and Government, Popular Culture

Borden's Evaporated Milk Crate Label

Evaporated Milk’s Connecticut Connection – Who Knew?

November 24, 2015

…that in 1856 businessman Gail Borden Jr. opened the first commercial milk condensery at Wolcottville (now Torrington). Borden had applied for a patent for the concentration and preservation of milk …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Food and Drink, Torrington, Who Knew?

The cover of the New York Evening Graphic, December, 1926 - New York Public Library Digital Collections, Billy Rose Theatre Division

Emile Gauvreau and the Era of Tabloid Journalism

November 23, 2015

Emile Gauvreau, former managing editor of the Hartford Courant, became a pioneer in the rise of tabloid journalism. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Hartford, Literature, Mark Twain, New Haven

Image of Soldiers Memorial, Company B, 29th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers

Connecticut’s Black Civil War Regiment

November 23, 2015

"If you win freedom and citizenship, we shall share your freedom and citizenship." With these words, abolitionist Frederick Douglass reminded African American soldiers from Connecticut that they fought for the hopes of many. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Slavery and Abolition, War and Defense

Replicas of the 1636 church and house built by Reverend Thomas Hooker

What’s a Puritan, and Why Didn’t They Stay in Massachusetts?

November 22, 2015

Mean-spirited, repressed souls or persecuted refugees and rugged egalitarians? Connecticut's state historian sets the record straight. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Hartford

Wood-cut representing Alexis St. Martin's wound

The Father of Gastric Physiology Born – Today in History: November 21

November 21, 2015

On November 21, 1785, physician and physiologist William Beaumont, who became the first person to observe and describe the process of digestion in a still-living human, was born in Lebanon.  …[more]

Categories: Health and Medicine, Lebanon, Science

American Cookery, Amelia Simmons, Hartford

Give Thanks for American Cooking

November 21, 2015

Widely accepted as the first cookbook written by an American, Amelia Simmons’s American Cookery was published by Hudson & Goodwin of Hartford in 1796. Prior to its publication, the cookbooks …[more]

Categories: Food and Drink, Hartford, Popular Culture

The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company in East Hartford

The Early Years of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company

November 20, 2015

Wasp and Hornet engines secure the reputation and success of this 1920s start-up venture.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2016, East Hartford, War and Defense, Work, World War II

Jack's Snoring Ground. from the "History of Company K, First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, During the Spanish-American War" by George Thayer

Jack Brutus, Connecticut War Dog – Who Knew?

November 20, 2015

… that although Jack Brutus’s military status was unofficial, he became the official mascot of Company K of the First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War. Jack Brutus, or …[more]

Categories: War and Defense

Meriden Britannia Company, West Main Street, Meriden

Meriden’s Silver Lining

November 19, 2015

Like many towns in central Connecticut that found sustaining an agricultural economy difficult, Meriden had become a manufacturing town by the mid-19th century. Despite large numbers of local industries going …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Meriden

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