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Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret

Raise a Glass to Winemaking in Connecticut

September 2, 2014

The Colony’s first settlers produced wine and spirits, but it would not be until the 1970s that Connecticut could grow and sell its harvest. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Environment, Everyday Life, Food and Drink

Greased pole, Labor Day picnic, Colt Park, Hartford

Labor Day at the Turn of the 20th Century

September 1, 2014

In February of 1889, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill making the first Monday of each September a legal holiday. Labor Day, an initiative of the labor movement, had …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Social Movements, Work

John Warner Barber, South view of the Hempstead house, New London, 1836

Joshua Hempstead Born – Today in History: September 1

September 1, 2014

On September 1, 1678, Joshua Hempstead was born in New London, Connecticut. Farmer, surveyor, carpenter, gravestone cutter, and famous New England diarist, Hempstead began keeping a diary on September 8, …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, New London

"In two shakes of a lamb's tail!," advertisement for Heublein's Club Cocktails, Hartford

Just Pour Over Ice – Who Knew?

August 31, 2014

…that beginning in the late 1800s, the Heublein Restaurant in Hartford served its thirsty customers pre-mixed cocktails that became so wildly popular that they had to build a distillery just …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Food and Drink, Hartford, Popular Culture

Forty acres of Bantam Lake had to be harvested to fill the ice house - Peter Vermilyea

Hidden Nearby: The Bantam Lake Ice House

August 31, 2014

by Peter Vermilyea In the days before refrigerators, foods either needed to be preserved (through canning, smoking, or salting) or kept fresh through the use of ice boxes. Ice boxes …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Litchfield, Morris

Theodate posing for painter Robert Brandegee in 1902

Theodate Pope Riddle Dies – Today in History: August 30

August 30, 2014

On August 30, 1946, Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the nation’s first successful woman architects, died at the age of 79. The daughter of wealthy Ohioans Alfred Atmore Pope and …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Farmington, Theodate Pope Riddle, Women

Halladay's Wind-Mill from Illustrated Annual Register of Rural Affairs: A Practical and Copiously Illustrated Register of Rural Economy and Rural Taste, 1858

Halladay’s Revolutionary Windmill – Today in History: August 29

August 29, 2014

On August 29, 1854, Daniel Halladay a machinist, inventor, and businessman patented the first commercially viable windmill—Halladay’s Self-Governing Windmill. Halladay had been approached to work on the design by a …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Coventry, Ellington, Invention and Technology

Bird's-eye map of Moosup, Conn. Uniondale and Almyville,

A Bird’s-eye View of Moosup

August 29, 2014

This depiction of a Quinebaug Valley town and its satellite communities—Uniondale and Almyville—records an idealized view of the 19th-century textile boom. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Everyday Life, Plainfield

Detail for a Map exhibiting the route of the Norwich & Worcester rail-road surveyed by James P. Kirkwood, James Laurie (Civil Engineers)..., ca. 1835 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

Lisbon Tunnel Completed – Today in History: August 28

August 28, 2014

The Norwich and Worcester Railroad built the first railroad tunnel in Connecticut, and one of the first tunnels in the nation, in the town of Lisbon in the 1830s. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, CT At Work: Coventry Area, Lisbon, Transportation

Roger Tory Peterson, European starlings

Artist Roger Tory Peterson, a Champion for the Natural World

August 28, 2014

"The philosophy that I have worked under most of my life is that the serious study of natural history is an activity which has far-reaching effects in every aspect of a person's life," said Roger Tory Peterson, an artist, author, and influential conservationist whose own life epitomized this belief.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Environment, Old Lyme, Science

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