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1870 Stanley catalog image of a Bailey Bench Plane

Stanley Works for New Britain

April 19, 2014

In 1843, Frederick Stanley founded a small shop in New Britain to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware products for sale to local residents. Years of quality products and innovation …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, New Britain, Work

Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Vietnam Veterans Against the War – Today in History

April 19, 2014

On April 19, 1971, Vietnam veterans groups from Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford joined demonstrations in Washington, DC. Calling for immediate American withdrawal, the organization Vietnam Veterans Against the War …[more]

Categories: Social Movements, Vietnam War

Uniformed military police escort Erich Gimpel, right foreground, and William C. Colepaugh, background, into court at Governors Island, NY March 3,1945, for another trial session. Both were subsequently convicted as Nazi spies and sentenced to die by hanging - © The Associated Press/U.S. Army

A Connecticut Nazi Spy Has a Change of Heart

April 18, 2014

On the morning of October 6, 1944, Niantic-born William Colepaugh boarded the German submarine U-1230 headed for the coast of Maine. Having only months earlier left his life in America …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, East Lyme, World War II

Charles H. Dow

Humble Beginnings of the Dow Jones: How a Sterling Farmer Became the Toast of Wall Street

April 17, 2014

The life of Charles Dow, in many respects, follows the storyline of the prototypical self-made man. Denied a proper education by tragic circumstances in his childhood, Dow pursued his dream …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Popular Culture, Sterling, Work

Aldrich Free Public Library, Plainfield

Aldrich Free Public Library: Dedicated to the Dissemination of Knowledge

April 16, 2014

Over 100 years ago, residents of the Moosup section of Plainfield organized a free public library “for the promotion and dissemination of useful knowledge” to its local citizenry. While a …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Everyday Life, Historic Preservation, Plainfield

Thomas Lee House and Little Boston School, 1935, East Lyme - Connecticut State Library, State Archives, PG 180, Mills Photograph Collection and Connecticut History Online

A Connecticut Home That Dates Back to the 1600s!

April 15, 2014

The Thomas Lee House in East Lyme, Connecticut, is one of the oldest wood-frame houses in the state. Dating back to the mid-17th century, the little saltbox home began as …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Architecture, East Lyme

Teacher and student, American School for the Deaf

The American School for the Deaf – Today in History

April 15, 2014

On April 15, 1817, the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons opened with seven pupils in Hartford. The institution, later renamed The American School …[more]

Categories: Education, Hartford

Andrew Mamedoff

Connecticut Daredevil Andrew Mamedoff Joins Royal Air Force

April 14, 2014

Andrew Mamedoff was a daredevil, pilot, and war hero born in Thompson, Connecticut. A penchant for danger followed him through a tumultuous youth and led him to crave airborne excitement. …[more]

Categories: Thompson, Work, World War II

Horace Bushnell

Horace Bushnell Born – Today in History

April 14, 2014

On April 14, 1802, Horace Bushnell was born in Bantam. Bushnell, who became a Congregational minister, author and theologian, is recognized for his influence on American Protestant thought and is …[more]

Categories: Belief, Horace Bushnell, Litchfield

Joseph L. Taborsky, left, and Arthur Colombe, right, were linked to six murders and eight armed robberies. State police said one of the pair confessed, implicating the other, Feburary 1957 - © The Associated Press

Joseph Taborsky and the “Mad Dog Killings”

April 13, 2014

Joseph “Mad Dog” Taborsky earned his nickname for the brutal methods he employed robbing and murdering his victims. In the mid-20th century, Taborsky went on a 10-week killing spree that …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, East Hartford, Hartford, New Britain, West Hartford

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