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Amos Shepard, Plantsville, Design for a Wrench Member

The “Perfect Handle” Hatchet – Who Knew?

July 26, 2014

…that in the early 1900s, H.D. Smith and Company of Plantsville began the manufacture of a line of “Perfect Handle” hand tools. The name derived from the smooth, contoured wooden …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, Southington, Who Knew?

Wide Awakes banner

Hartford Wide-Awakes – Today in History: July 26

July 26, 2014

On July 26, 1860, the Hartford Wide-Awakes welcomed the Newark, New Jersey, Wide-Awakes to a banquet and ratification meeting at Hartford’s City Hall. The Wide-Awakes in Hartford were a political …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, Social Movements

Honiss Oyster House, Hartford

Oystering in Connecticut, from Colonial Times to the 21st Century

July 25, 2014

Why tasty Crassostrea virginica deserves its honored title as state shellfish.  …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, CT AT Work: New Haven Area, Food and Drink, Groton, New Haven, Norwalk

Civil War Sanitary Commission

Sanitary Fair – Today in History: July 25

July 25, 2014

On July 25, 1864, the Stamford Ladies Soldiers’ Aid Society held a Sanitary Fair. Sanitary Fairs were established in response to the needs of Civil War soldiers beyond what the …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Health and Medicine, Stamford, War and Defense, Women

Dr. Sheffield's creme dentifrice box

Aristocratic Dental Cream Gets Squeezed

July 24, 2014

Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield was born in North Stonington, Connecticut. After graduating from dental college, he worked in the practice of Dr. J.A.G. Comstock of New London, practiced briefly in …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Health and Medicine, Invention and Technology, New London

Julian Alden Weir, The Farm, etching

Weir Farm the Result of a Trade – Who Knew?

July 24, 2014

 …that Weir Farm located in Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut resulted from the trade of a painting and ten dollars. Erwin Davis, New York collector and friend to impressionist painter, printmaker, …[more]

Categories: Arts, Environment, Julian Alden Weir, Ridgefield, Who Knew?, Wilton

A View of Snug Corner Cove, in Prince William’s Sound. Engraving after a drawing by John Webber, published 1783. Captain Cook and his crew explored Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska in 1778 -
Connecticut Historical Society, Daniel Wadsworth 1848.16.3.28

The Adventure of a Lifetime: John Ledyard and Captain Cook’s Last Voyage

July 23, 2014

Published in Hartford in 1783, this book by a Groton-born traveler captured a young nation's imagination with its tales of discovery.  …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery

Alexander Calder in studio, Roxbury, 1973

Calder in Connecticut: World-Famous Artist Called Roxbury Home

July 22, 2014

His mobiles, stabiles, and constellations are featured in museum collections around the world.  …[more]

Categories: Arts

Dr. Eli Todd

Medical Pioneer Eli Todd born – Today in History: July 22

July 22, 2014

On July 22, 1769, Eli Todd was born in New Haven. A Yale graduate, Todd was a pioneer in the treatment of the mentally ill and believed that humane care …[more]

Categories: Farmington, Hartford, Health and Medicine, New Haven, Social Movements

A Muster Ceremony, New Haven Green

The First Battle of Bull Run: Connecticut Troops Stand Firm When the Battle Turns Against Them

July 21, 2014

Connecticut troops earned admiration for staying to fight when others fled. …[more]

Categories: Brooklyn, Civil War, War and Defense

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