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Steam tugboat J. W. Coultston, ca.1890s

The Great River: Connecticut’s Main Stream

April 26, 2015

Highway. Barrier. Resource. Sewer. Over the centuries each of these names has been used to describe one of the defining feature's of the state's landscape.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Transportation

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted Born – Today in History: April 26

April 26, 2015

On April 26, 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted was born in Hartford. Often described as the founder of landscape architecture in America, Olmsted was also a journalist, author and social critic, …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford

Yale Peabody Museum, Great Hall. Photograph by Mark Ryan.

Video – Rudolph Zallinger’s Masterpiece, “The Age of Reptiles”

April 25, 2015

The Yale Peabody Museum is home to one of the world's largest murals, which illustrates changes in the earth's flora and fauna between the Devonian and Cretaceous periods.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Education, Science

George Washington Slept Here

George Washington Slept Here (Just Perhaps Not Well)

April 24, 2015

Within the heritage tourism industry, it is not uncommon to find attractions that make claims to having played host to one famous historical figure or another. Dubious claims that “George …[more]

Categories: Ashford, Everyday Life, Pomfret, Revolutionary War

George Henry Durrie, Ithiel Town Truss Bridge, oil painting, 1853 - Mattatuck Museum

Echoes of the Old World: The Architectural Legacy of Ithiel Town

April 23, 2015

Ithiel Town was one of the first professional architects in Connecticut and one of the first to introduce the architectural styles of Europe to the United States. …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Groton, Ithiel Town, Middletown, New Haven, Thompson

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?

April 22, 2015

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, Who Knew?

C.K. Hamilton's "Moth" wrecked, April 22 at "Belvidere", New Britain, Conn - New Britain Industrial Museum

Hamilton Wrecks Aeroplane – Today in History: April 22

April 22, 2015

On April 22, 1911, aviation pioneer Charles Hamilton crashed his brand new, all white, biplane the “Moth” at Andrews Field in New Britain. Hamilton, a New Britain native, began his …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Disaster, New Britain, Transportation

Elbert Weinberg at work on The Tinder Box, 1950 -  Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library

Breaking the Mold: Tradition and Innovation in the Work of Elbert Weinberg

April 22, 2015

Elbert Weinberg was a Hartford-born sculptor who earned international fame for his works, many of which were influenced by his Jewish faith. Several of these statues currently reside in Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford, West Hartford


Video – Mark Twain at Stormfield

April 21, 2015

This rare footage is thought to be the only film of famed author Samuel Clemens.  …[more]

Categories: Literature, Mark Twain, Redding

Navy Steamship Galena, 1861

Ironclad Commissioned – Today in History: April 21

April 21, 2015

On April 21, 1862, the USS Galena was commissioned. New Haven businessman Cornelius Bushnell submitted the design for the Galena by naval architect Samuel H. Pook to the United States …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Groton, War and Defense

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