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Portrait of Isabella Beecher -  Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Looking Back: Tempest Tossed, the Story of Isabella Beecher Hooker

March 3, 2015

Isabella Beecher was a suffragist and spiritualist who shunned traditional female roles while alienating large parts of her famous family during her brother's adultery scandal. …[more]

Categories: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Litchfield, Social Movements, Women

Clare Boothe Luce at a congressional hearing - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Clare Boothe Luce Changed Perceptions about Women in Business and Politics

March 2, 2015

Clare Boothe Luce became the first woman to represent Connecticut in the US House of Representatives and later became an ambassador to Italy. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Greenwich, Literature, Politics and Government, Popular Culture, Women

Attributed to Osbert Burr Loomis, Nancy Toney, oil on canvas

Nancy Toney’s Lifetime in Slavery

March 1, 2015

From scant evidence, including a portrait, gravestone, census data, and will, a partial image of a Connecticut life lived in slavery emerges. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Slavery and Abolition, Windsor, Women

Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, and unidentified actress in the motion picture The Women - Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library Digital Collections

Video – Rosalind Russell Tribute Film

March 1, 2015

Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame pays tribute to Waterbury native Rosalind Russell, the legendary award-winning actress of stage and screen. …[more]

Categories: Popular Culture, Waterbury, Women

James Mars

James Mars’ Words Illuminate the Cruelty of Slavery in New England

February 28, 2015

Mars’ landmark memoir of the mid-1800s reveals how enslaved men and women suffered—and resisted—the injustices of bondage.  …[more]

Categories: Canaan, Connecticut History Day 2015, Norfolk, Slavery and Abolition

Detail from a map of Hayt

Ebenezer Bassett’s Historic Journey

February 27, 2015

This educator, activist, and associate of Frederick Douglass served the US as its first African American ambassador. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, CT AT Work: New Haven Area, Derby, New Haven, Politics and Government, Slavery and Abolition

William Gillette

William Gillette’s Last Performance – Today in History: February 27

February 27, 2015

On February 27, 1936, William Gillette made his last appearance on any Connecticut stage at the Bushnell Memorial auditorium in Hartford, starring in Austin Strong’s comedy Three Wise Fools. After …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Arrest of White House pickets Catherine Flanagan of Hartford, Connecticut, and Madeleine Watson of Chicago

Women of the Prison Brigade

February 26, 2015

These women from all walks of life had one thing in common: they had been jailed for demonstrating in support of women's right to vote. …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Social Movements, Women

John Warner Barber, South view of Hebron, CT., ca. 1836. The house beside the church is identified as the residence of John S. Peters (nephew of Rev. Samuel Peters)  - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

Changing Sentiments on Slavery in Colonial Hebron

February 26, 2015

Residents of Hebron rescued local slaves Lowis and Cesar Peters, and their children, from South Carolina slave traders. After emancipation, the rescued family became farmers in town. …[more]

Categories: Colchester, Coventry, Everyday Life, Hebron, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Tolland

Colt Revolver display case

The Revolving Gun – Today in History: February 25

February 25, 2015

On February 25, 1836, Samuel Colt received a patent for a “revolving gun” US patent number 138, later known as 9430X. His improvement in fire-arm design allowed a gun to …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Invention and Technology, Samuel Colt

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