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World War II scrap metal drive, Hartford, ca. 1941-1944

Women and Defense: World War II on the Connecticut Home Front

December 2, 2016

Women who stepped into civil defense positions managed and implemented programs that educated the public, promoted war bond sales, and aided emergency preparedness.  …[more]

Categories: War and Defense, Women, World War II

Scrabble tiles

Scrabble Copyrighted – Today in History: December 1

December 1, 2016

On December 1, 1948, James Brunot of Newtown copyrighted the famous spelling game Scrabble. Designed in 1931 by architect Alfred Mosher Butts under the name Lexico, the original game was …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Newtown, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

Ralph Earl, Oliver Wolcott

Oliver Wolcott Dies – Today in History: December 1

December 1, 2016

On December 1, 1797, signer of the Declaration of Independence Oliver Wolcott died while serving his term as Connecticut’s governor. Born in 1726 to a prominent political family, Wolcott grew …[more]

Categories: Litchfield, Oliver Wolcott, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Windsor

Mark Twain with his friend, John Lewis

A Life Lived in a Rapidly Changing World: Samuel L. Clemens

November 30, 2016

As Twain’s books provide insight into the past‚ the events of his personal life further demonstrate his role as an eyewitness to history. During his lifetime‚ Sam Clemens watched a …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford, Literature, Mark Twain, Redding

Broadside dated January, 1770 addressing the removal of white pine logs from the King's Woods in the province of New Hampshire - Library of Congress, American Memory

The White Pine Acts – Who Knew?

November 29, 2016

The British government made it illegal for colonials to cut down white pine trees over 24 inches in diameter—preserving the trees for use as masts on British naval ships. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Crime and Punishment, Law, Middletown, Revolutionary War, Surprise, Who Knew?

Detail from the Articles of agreement between the English in Connecticutt and the Indian Sachems

Slavery and the Pequot War

November 29, 2016

For some, the existence of slavery in New England is still a little known fact. Even fewer realize that Native peoples in the region, including those in Connecticut, were also …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Fairfield, Native Americans, Pequot War, Slavery and Abolition, War and Defense

View of Ansonia, Conn. 1875

Map – Bird’s-eye View of Ansonia, 1875

November 28, 2016

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries panoramic or perspective maps, also known as bird’s-eye views and aero views, were used to depict many of Connecticut’s town and cities. …[more]

Categories: Ansonia, Environment

Pachaug Trail, Wiclcabouet Marsh, Voluntown

The Story of Connecticut’s Largest State Forest

November 28, 2016

Pachaug State Forest is the largest state forest in Connecticut. Covering approximately 24,000 acres and crossing the borders of numerous towns in eastern Connecticut, this natural wonder has, surprisingly enough, …[more]

Categories: Environment, Native Americans, Sports and Recreation, Voluntown

The health of the child is the power of the nation

Helen F. Boyd Leads the Charge for Better Public Health

November 27, 2016

A long-time Connecticut resident, Helen F. Boyd Powers was a national advocate for greater public access to nursing and healthcare education. …[more]

Categories: Berlin, Health and Medicine, Women, Work, World War I

Broadside announcing changes to Mansfield's Poor-House

Connecticut Poor Law Aimed to Care for the Needy

November 26, 2016

Connecticut instituted a Poor Law in the 17th century to comply with a directive from the British government that the colony ensure for the care of the poor within its borders …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Health and Medicine, Immigration, Law, Social Movements

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