Recent Posts

Wheeler-Beecher House, Bethany, ca. 1938 -  Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey

The House That Hoadley Built

May 4, 2016

The Wheeler-Beecher House, sometimes referred to as the Hoadley House, is located on Amity Road in Bethany. Built at the start of the 19th century for Darius Beecher—a wealthy farmer …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Bethany, Historic Preservation, Waterbury

Hooker and Company Journeying through the Wilderness from Plymouth to Hartford

Artist Frederic Church Born – Today in History: May 4

May 4, 2016

On May 4, 1826, the great American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church was born to a wealthy Hartford family. The Church family’s success in industry and insurance allowed Frederic to …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford

Exterior of the Connecticut State Building

Take Me to the Fair: Connecticut Exhibits at the International Expositions

May 3, 2016

Connecticut took part in many of the great World’s Fairs, especially those held in North America.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Popular Culture

The figure of the Indians' fort or palizado in New England and the manner of the destroying it by Captayne Underhill and Captayne Mason

Connecticut Declares War Against the Pequot – Today in History: May 1

May 1, 2016

On May 1, 1637, Connecticut Colony declared war against the Pequot. This marked the first declared war in Connecticut between an indigenous people and English colonists. The conflict, though, had …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2016, Native Americans, Pequot War, War and Defense

Lucy Gallup Eldredge

A Connecticut Painter Finds His Voice through Colonial Folk Art

May 1, 2016

John Brewster Jr. was one of the preeminent portrait artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His paintings helped define American folk art of the time and, today, …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hampton

Gillette with his short-line, narrow-gauge train on the grounds of his 184-acre estate, the Seventh Sister - Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Connecticut State Library

Holmes at Home: The Life of William Gillette

April 30, 2016

William Gillette was an American actor, playwright, and stage director most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and for the stone castle he built in East Haddam. …[more]

Categories: Arts, East Haddam, Hartford, Mark Twain, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Lee's (Windham) Bilious Pills or Family Physic ... Lee & Osgood, Norwich, Conn. General Agents and Wholesale Vendors. Charles Lee, Norwich, Conn. - Connecticut Historical Society

First American Medicine Patent – Today in History: April 30

April 30, 2016

On April 30, 1796, Samuel Lee Jr. of Windham, Connecticut, received a Letters Patent for his composition of bilious pills—a patent medicine that eventually became known as “Dr. Lee’s Windham …[more]

Categories: Health and Medicine, Invention and Technology, New London, Science, Windham

A receipt for two prints of John Trumbull paintings

Jeremiah Wadsworth, “foremost in every enterprise”

April 29, 2016

Had this Hartford merchant lived in another era, his wealth and influence might have made him comparable to a 19th-century financial tycoon or a 20th-century venture capitalist. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Hartford, Middletown, Revolutionary War

Charter Oak Bridge construction, ca. 1941

Last State Highway Toll Paid – Today in History: April 28

April 28, 2016

On April 28, 1989, William Thornton, president of the Manchester Sand & Gravel Company paid the last state highway toll in Connecticut on the Charter Oak Bridge. It was a prearranged …[more]

Categories: Transportation

Bridgeport, Conn., 1882

A Bird’s-eye View of Bridgeport

April 28, 2016

The lower perspective of this 1882 example is somewhat atypical of most of the bird's-eye views of the era, but its emphasis on industrial accomplishment is a hallmark of the genre. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Environment, Everyday Life, P.T. Barnum

Page 1 of 13312...51015...Last »

Copyright © Connecticut Humanities. Except where otherwise noted, the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 License.

Privacy Policy  /  Contact Us  /  Support Connecticut Humanities