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Anna Lousie James behind the soda fountain in the James' pharmacy

Anna Louise James Makes History with Medicine

February 6, 2016

Anna Louise James was born on January 19, 1886, in Hartford. The daughter of a Virginia plantation slave who escaped to Connecticut, she grew up in Old Saybrook. Dedicating her …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Health and Medicine, Old Saybrook, Women

Detail view of the 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers

29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Fought More than One War

February 5, 2016

The state’s first African American regiment of the Civil War distinguished itself by battling Confederate forces and 19th-century prejudices. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, War and Defense

Illustrations showing each farmer's branding earmarks

Branding Law Enacted – Today in History: February 5

February 5, 2016

On February 5, 1644, Connecticut enacted the first branding law in the colonies. The act called for all livestock owners to ear-mark or brand their cattle, sheep, and swine that …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Law, Middlebury

Armory Fire

Colt Armory Burns – Today in History: February 4

February 4, 2016

On February 4, 1864, most of Colt’s East Armory burned to the ground. Located in Hartford on the Connecticut River, the Armory complex covered 260 acres and consisted of forge …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Disaster, Hartford, Samuel Colt, War and Defense

Palace Theatre, Stamford - Roger James Smith,

A 1947 Movie Details the Unsolved Murder of a Bridgeport Priest

February 4, 2016

An unusual murder of a Bridgeport, Connecticut, priest in 1924 inspired the movie, Boomerang!, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 1947. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Crime and Punishment, Norwalk, Popular Culture, Stamford

Transcript of a letter by James Pennington to his parents and siblings, 1844 from The Fugitive Blacksmith or, Events in the History of James W.C. Pennington

Reverend James Pennington: A Voice for Freedom

February 3, 2016

Having escaped from slavery in Maryland, this accomplished pastor, publisher, and freedom fighter challenged racism wherever he found it, even within the ranks of the abolitionist movement and the ministry. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Civil War, Slavery and Abolition

Valley Forge, 1777

A Connecticut Slave in George Washington’s Army

February 2, 2016

Nero Hawley, born into slavery in Connecticut in the 18th century, fought in the Revolutionary War. After his emancipation at the age of 41, he went on to become a …[more]

Categories: Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Stratford, Trumbull, Work

Ruins of commercial buildings on Grand Street, Waterbury

Waterbury Burns – Today in History: February 2

February 2, 2016

High Winds Whipped Waterbury Fire On the evening of February 2, 1902, and into the morning of February 3, nearly all of Waterbury’s downtown district was destroyed by one of …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Waterbury

On the day of the May 1, 1969, protest, pickets outside the US Court House in Hartford. Several men wear the trademark black beret of Black Panther Party members. Photograph by David Ploss - The Hartford Times Collection, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library

Hartford Times – Voices of Change

February 1, 2016

1960's photographs from The Hartford Times offer a look back at a decade of protest that focused local and national attention on the civil rights of African Americans, the war in Vietnam, and the inequalities facing women.  …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Social Movements

Ruins of the Upper Dam of the Kohanza Reservoir in Danbury

Frozen Reservoir Destroys Danbury – Today in History: January 31

January 31, 2016

On January 31, 1869, Danbury’s Kohanza Reservoir froze. At around 7 o’clock in the evening the icy surface broke, causing the upper Kohanza dam to burst, which in turn caused …[more]

Categories: Danbury, Disaster, Weather

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