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School children placing flowers on the graves of World War I servicemen

Memorial Day 1920 Brings a Changing of the Guard

May 30, 2016

In 1920, veterans groups played an active role in orchestrating Memorial Day observances in towns across Connecticut. As had been the case for decades, remaining members of the Grand Army …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Everyday Life, War and Defense, World War I

Sketch of Machinery for B.D. Beecher's propeller

Benjamin Dutton Beecher had a Penchant for Invention

May 30, 2016

Benjamin Dutton Beecher was a millwright and machinist with a knack for invention. Described by some as “eccentric,” Beecher lived a modest life in Prospect in an 8-sided house of …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, Prospect

The Good Will Club, ca. 1920. The Club is still in operation today as the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford - Marlborough Historical Society and the Richmond Memorial Library, Marlborough

Mary Hall: Connecticut’s First Female Attorney

May 29, 2016

Writer and suffragist Mary Hall developed an interest in the law after hearing John Hooker speak at a suffragist convention. She studied under Hooker and became Connecticut's first female attorney. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2016, Law, Marlborough, Social Movements, Women, Work

Defenders of the Flag Monument, Soldiers Monument, Plainville

A Special Place to Honor Military Veterans in Plainville

May 29, 2016

On the corner of Maple and Whiting Streets in Plainville, Connecticut, is a special place where the town honors its war veterans. Plainville residents established Veterans Memorial Park in 1945 …[more]

Categories: Arts, Everyday Life, Plainville, War and Defense

Noah Webster the schoolmaster of the republic, ca. 1891

Noah Webster and the Dream of a Common Language

May 28, 2016

Best remembered for the dictionary that now bears his name, Noah Webster played a pivotal role in shaping the young nation's political and social identity. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2016, Education, New Haven, Noah Webster, Popular Culture, West Hartford

Stanley Budleski and flight crew, 1942 - Connecticut Historical Society. Gift of Mary Jane Dapkus

Hometown Hero: Wallingford Remembers Stanley Budleski

May 28, 2016

Yalesville green memorializes pilot who lost his life in World War II.  …[more]

Categories: Wallingford, World War II

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Map – Connecticut Landmarks of the Constitution

May 27, 2016

A map of some of the Connecticut Landmarks of the Constitution researched and published by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Politics and Government, The State

An English woodcut of a Witch

Alse Young Executed for Witchcraft – Today in History: May 26

May 26, 2016

On May 26, 1647, Alse Young of Windsor was the first person on record to be executed for witchcraft in the 13 colonies. Young was hanged at the Meeting House …[more]

Categories: Belief, Crime and Punishment, Hartford, Law, Wethersfield, Windsor

Detail from the map Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae tabula multis in locis emendata per Nicolaum Vissche, ca. 1685, illustrating the location of the House of (Good) Hope - Mystic Seaport and Connecticut History Online

Timeline: Settlement of the Colony of Connecticut

May 26, 2016

A timeline displaying the major events leading to Connecticut statehood, including its settlement by the Dutch, the origins of Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor, the founding of the Connecticut, New Haven, and Saybrook colonies, and Connecticut's acquisition of a formal charter from England. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2016, Everyday Life, Exploration and Discovery, John Davenport, John Winthrop Jr., Pequot War, The State

The cornerstone was placed at the northeast corner of the building facing Lafayette Street, Hartford - Connecticut State Library

Cornerstone Set – Today in History: May 25

May 25, 2016

On May 25, 1909, the cornerstone was laid for the new State Library and Supreme Court building in Hartford. It was placed at the northeast corner of the building and …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Education, Hartford

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