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Marietta Canty

Marietta Canty House

September 30, 2014

The Marietta Canty House in Hartford, Connecticut, is primarily significant for its association with actress Marietta Canty (1905-1986), who received critical acclaim for her performances in theater, radio, motion pictures, …[more]

Categories: Arts, Historic Preservation, Women

Norwich Free Academy, School Architecture: Pt. II. Plans for Graded Schools by Henry Barnard

Henry Barnard Advances State and National Education Initiatives

September 29, 2014

This 19th-century reformer sought to promote harmonious social and civic behavior by revamping the US school system. …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Education, Hartford, Henry Barnard

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Baltic

Map – Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Baltic, New London County

September 28, 2014

Developed in Europe in the late 1700s, fire insurance maps were originally created for underwriters so that they could assess the fire liability of properties that their companies insured. In …[more]

Categories: Sprague

Steam-powered cider press at BF Clyde's in Mystic

BF Clyde and the Steam-powered Cider Mill – Who Knew?

September 28, 2014

…that the oldest steam-powered cider mill in the US still operates in Mystic.  Apple cider, traditionally a mildly alcoholic drink, and its production date back to the earliest days of …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Stonington, Who Knew?

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Teach It Advisory Committee

September 25, 2014

Teach It: A Connecticut Humanities Initiative through ConnecticutHistory.org     Do you have a little bit of time and a lot of talent? Are you a social studies educator in …[more]

Categories: Teach It

Penguins, 1933-35, Antarctic

Sixty Degrees Below Zero: Connecticut Man Explores Antarctica

September 25, 2014

John Henry Von der Wall, a life-long resident of Bolton, took part in Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's famed expeditions to the South Polar regions. …[more]

Categories: Bolton, CT At Work: Coventry Area, Exploration and Discovery, Science, Work

Camp Cross Housatonic State Forest

Hidden Nearby: Two Monuments to Sportsmen at Housatonic Meadows State Park

September 24, 2014

Two monuments mark this area’s reputation as one of the finest fly fishing locales in the Northeast. …[more]

Categories: Cornwall, Environment, Sharon, Work

The Smith-Worthington Saddle Company

Saddles Fit For a Shah

September 23, 2014

Since 1794, Hartford-based Smith-Worthington Saddlery has made tack for horses—along with the occasional ostrich harness and space suit prototype. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Everyday Life, Hartford, World War I

VideoHurricanePart1

Video – When Disaster Struck: The 1938 Hurricane, Part I

September 22, 2014

The CPTV Original, When Disaster Struck Connecticut, provides an in-depth look at the four major natural disasters that befell Connecticut between 1888 and 1955. This clip of archival sources and eyewitness accounts paints a vivid picture of how Connecticut residents coped with the 1938 Hurricane.  …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Environment, Weather

Nathan Hale Statue, Hartford

Nathan Hale Hanged in New York – Today in History: September 22

September 22, 2014

On September 22, 1776, the British hanged Revolutionary War soldier Nathan Hale for spying. Born in Coventry in 1755, Hale attended Yale College at 13 and later became a schoolteacher. …[more]

Categories: Coventry, Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War, The State, War and Defense

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