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The Smith-Worthington Saddle Company

Saddles Fit For a Shah

September 23, 2014

Since 1794, Hartford-based Smith-Worthington Saddlery has made tack for horses—along with the occasional ostrich harness and space suit prototype. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Everyday Life, Hartford, World War I


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

September 22, 2014

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

Nathan Hale Statue, Hartford

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

September 22, 2014

On September 22, 1776, the British hanged Revolutionary War soldier Nathan Hale for spying. Born in Coventry in 1755, Hale attended Yale College at 13 and later became a schoolteacher. …[more]

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

Rescue Scene, Hurricane, September 1938

The Great Hurricane of 1938 – Today in History

September 21, 2014

The most devastating hurricane in New England history. …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Greenwich, Weather

Count de Rochambeau - French general of the land forces in America reviewing the French troops

Rochambeau Returns Over and Over to Andover

September 20, 2014

Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, was a French nobleman and army general who contributed significantly to the Colonial army’s victory in the war for American independence. Rochambeau’s French troops …[more]

Categories: Andover, Revolutionary War

Windsor arm chair made by Amos Denison Allen, Windham, CT, about 1800 - Connecticut Historical Society

American Chairs, Made in Connecticut

September 18, 2014

While the Windsor chair’s style and manufacture emerged in England in the early 1700s, it became extremely popular in North America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Numerous Connecticut workshops used a system of apprentices and indentured servants to produce these fashionable chairs. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Lisbon, Windham, Work

Pictured is a scene from Main Street in Hartford during the historic Battle Flag Parade on September 17, 1879 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

A Day of Celebration – Today in History: September 17

September 17, 2014

September 17, 1879 was a day of celebration in the City of Hartford when more than 100,000 people came to the city to celebrate Battle Flag Day with a grand parade and celebration of Connecticut’s Civil War veterans. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Everyday Life, Hartford

Panorama of Bushnell Park, 1920s

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch – Today in History: September 17

September 17, 2014

On September 17, 1886, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch was dedicated in Hartford to honor the 4,000 Hartford residents who served, and the nearly 400 who died, in the …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Civil War, Hartford

Front view of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, CT, 2013 - Courtesy of Stacey Renee

Civil War Monuments and Memorials in and Around the State Capitol

September 16, 2014

During the fall 2013 semester at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Dr. Matthew Warshauer’s History 501 (the Professional Historian) students completed a semester-long project that focused on the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol

Climax Fuse Company, 1899

Avon Industry: From Underground to Outerspace

September 15, 2014

The Climax Fuse Company manufactured safety fuse, a type of fuse consisting of a tube of gunpowder surrounded by a water-proofed and varnished jute rope. Invented by William Bickford in …[more]

Categories: Avon, Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Immigration, Simsbury

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