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Two Days After Marriage

Grounds for Divorce – Who Knew?

June 25, 2016

… that in 1667 the colony of Connecticut passed the first divorce statute.  While Connecticut was not the first to grant a divorce, it was the first to define the …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Law, Who Knew?

Postcard of the Parking Area, Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

Abundant Wildlife Drives the History of Rocky Neck State Park

June 25, 2016

Rocky Neck State Park is located on Long Island Sound in East Lyme. Consisting of 710 acres of camping and recreational areas, the park’s western edge is bound by a …[more]

Categories: East Lyme, Environment, Sports and Recreation

Detail from an 1863 broadside

Henry Ward Beecher, a Preacher with Political Clout

June 24, 2016

This skilled orator championed woman suffrage, temperance, and the cause of anti-slavery but scandal nearly derailed his career. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe


The Short Bright Life of Luna Park

June 23, 2016

Luna Park opened in Hartford in 1906. While providing many thrilling and exotic attractions, it failed to compete with the larger and more successful shoreline attractions at Coney Island. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Hartford, Popular Culture

General Mansfield's uniform epaulets

One of the Honored Dead: General J. K. F. Mansfield

June 22, 2016

A resident of New Haven and Middletown, Joseph Mansfield rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Union army before losing his life at the Battle of Antietam. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Middletown, New Haven

Pins made by Howe Manufacturing Co., Birmingham

John Howe Makes a Better Pin – Today in History: June 22

June 22, 2016

On June 22, 1832, John Ireland Howe invented the first practical machine for manufacturing pins. Howe was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1793 and trained as a doctor, working at …[more]

Categories: Derby, Invention and Technology, Ridgefield

Group photo of Famous Artists School Faculty

Instruction by Mail: The Famous Artists School

June 21, 2016

The Famous Artists School in Westport once provided the premier correspondence training for those interested in an art career. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Business and Industry, Westport, Wilton

Camp Cross Housatonic State Forest

Hidden Nearby: Two Monuments to Sportsmen at Housatonic Meadows State Park

June 20, 2016

Two monuments mark this area’s reputation as one of the finest fly fishing locales in the Northeast. …[more]

Categories: Cornwall, Environment, Sharon, Work

Billings & Spencer Company

Christopher Miner Spencer, 19th-century Arms Manufacturer

June 20, 2016

A well-known American inventor in his day, this Manchester native obtained 42 patents during his lifetime and created the first successful breech-loading repeating rifle.  …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Hartford, Invention and Technology, Manchester, Windham, Windsor

Robert Indiana and the Lippincott crew stand in front of the finished LOVE, 1970. This piece was shown for the first time at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as a part of Seven Outside in 1970, when it became part of the permanent collection - Copyright © 2010, Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s by Jonathan Lippincott

North Haven: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

June 19, 2016

Lippincott, Inc., in North Haven, was one of the most highly respected fine-arts metal fabricators in the country in the second half of the 20th century. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Business and Industry, North Haven, Work

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