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Amasa Goodyear and Son Re-Invent Naugatuck

Born in New Haven, Amasa Goodyear was an inventor, manufacturer, merchant, and farmer.


Naugatuck Railroad Station

Henry Bacon Helps Beautify Naugatuck

Best known for the Lincoln Memorial, this architect also designed a railroad station, WWI monument, and a bridge for Naugatuck.


Straitsville Schoolhouse, Naugatuck

Child Labor vs. Schooling in 19th-century Naugatuck

The Naugatuck school system today consists of 11 public schools…


A Candy Bar Empire in Naugatuck

Almond Joy and Mounds were two of the most popular candy bars sold by Naugatuck’s Peter Paul Manufacturing Company, an enterprise begun by Armenian immigrant Peter Halajian.


Over Time: Naugatuck’s Historical Population

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


The Naugatuck Chemical Company with piles of old rubber tires

Naugatuck’s Early Chemical Industry

Naugatuck, and much of its surrounding area, has traditionally been…


World War Monument, Naugatuck


The town of Naugatuck, located in New Haven County, spans…


A photograph of a rowing shell with 8 rowers sitting at attention and one coxswain on the water

Derby Day on the Housatonic

A rowing event on Lake Housatonic, “Derby Day,” was so popular among Yale students that it drew upwards of thirty to fifty thousand spectators.


Detail of Bethany area from Map of Connecticut, from actual survey by Moses Warren, 1811

Bethany: Small-town Perseverance in the Face of Growing Industrialization

One contribution the town of Bethany makes to historical scholarship comes from a look at its evolution from a parish and agricultural settlement to a thriving residential community.


The Van Vleck Observatory: A Reflection of Environmental Conditions

Designers of the Van Vleck Observatory overcame numerous environmental and geographical challenges to help Wesleyan University make an impact on the world’s understanding of the universe.


Detail of number 15 the Derby Silver Company from the birds-eye map Birmingham, Conn

The Derby Silver Company

The Derby Silver Company was founded in 1872 and began operations on Shelton’s Canal Street one year later.


Connecticut Pin Makers

For the latter half of the 19th century and for much of the 20th century, Connecticut led the nation in pin production.


Map – Connecticut Landmarks of the Constitution

A map of some of the Connecticut Landmarks of the Constitution researched and published by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.


Detail of the Bethany Airport Hanger from the Aerial survey of Connecticut 1934

A Busy Airfield in Bethany

In its first few years, the airfield in Bethany served the interests of small-time aviation enthusiasts.


Detail of Beacon Falls Mill, Beacon Falls

Weaving the Cultural Fabric of Beacon Falls

The textile mills of the Naugatuck Valley brought tremendous change…


Map of the state of Connecticut showing Indian trails, villages and sachemdoms

Andover to Woodstock: How Connecticut Ended Up with 169 Towns

Religious mandates, the difficulties of colonial-era travel, and industrialization are a few of the forces that gave rise to the proliferation of towns in our state.


Hotchkiss House, Prospect

The Legacy of David Miles Hotchkiss

David Miles Hotchkiss was an educator, abolitionist, and public servant who served the town of Prospect throughout his entire life.


D-Day – Today in History: June 6

On the WWII homefront, night watchmen in Naugatuck’s factories heard the news of D-Day first.


Mounds Candy Bar Involved in Espionage – Who Knew?

…that a storied Naugatuck business had its own “navy” and…


Excelsior Cutlery

Connecticut Pocketknife Firms

Connecticut pocketknife production began around 1840. Over the next two decades, Connecticut became the earliest state to have a burgeoning craft.


Detail from a map of Hayt

Ebenezer Bassett’s Historic Journey

Ebenezer Bassett, an educator, activist, and associate of Frederick Douglass, served the US as its first African American ambassador.


There’s No Place Like Home for the Designer of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers – Who Knew?

Connecticut-born Adrian, the American clothing designer who found success in Hollywood, designed Dorothy’s ruby slippers for The Wizard of Oz.


Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Wrist Watch, 1933

Waterbury Clock Company Saved by Mickey Mouse – Who Knew?

The Ingersoll Waterbury Company (now Timex) was saved from bankruptcy during the Great Depression, in part, by the introduction of the Mickey Mouse watch.


The American Brass Company: Leading the Way in the “Brass Valley”

The American Brass Company helped make the Naugatuck Valley a center of international brass production until the late 20th century.


David Humphreys

David Humphreys, Soldier, Statesman, and Agricultural Innovator

Despite an accomplished political career, this Derby-born gentleman of means is best remembered for introducing Merino sheep to North America.


Brass City/Grass Roots: Bucks Hill: Waterbury’s Rural Holdout

This article is part of the digital exhibit “Brass City/Grass Roots: The Persistence of Farming in Waterbury, Connecticut”


African American baseball team, Danbury

Swinging for the Fences: Connecticut’s Black Baseball Greats

In Connecticut, African Americans played organized baseball as early as 1868, some of the game’s biggest stars played for teams throughout the state.


20th-century photograph of shad nets

A Tale of Shad, the State Fish

The aquatic inhabitant, shad, has a long history of influencing foodways, income, and culture in the region.


Patent Model for the Manufacture of Rubber Fabrics, Charles Goodyear, 1844

Charles Goodyear’s Machine for Making Rubber Fabrics

Credited with discovering the vulcanization process that fortified rubber against extreme temperature changes, Charles Goodyear received several patents over his lifetime.


Hat-factory With Hose-house On The Hill, Danbury

Rivers of Outrage

Pollution of Connecticut’s waters by industrial waste and sewage in the decades after the Civil War was arguably the state’s first modern environmental crisis.


Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Company

Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Company Puts Best Foot Forward

Father and son George and Tracy Lewis not only founded…


The southeast block of West Street, Litchfield as it looked in the Civil War era, 1867

The Peace Movement in Litchfield

While the peace movement in Litchfield was short-lived, it provides a reminder of the disparity in public opinion during the first few turbulent months of the Civil War.


Torrington Recovers after the Flood of ‘55

In August of 1955, two hurricanes that moved through Connecticut caused a devastating flood of the Naugatuck River.


Flood damage to railroad tracks, Derby, 1955

Hurricanes Connie & Diane Deliver Double Hit – Who Knew?

Hurricanes Connie and Diane, which both struck in August 1955, exceeded the combined property damage of the Flood of 1936 and Hurricane of 1938.


Theodate posing for painter Robert Brandegee in 1902

Theodate Pope Riddle: Connecticut’s Pioneering Woman Architect

Despite opposition from a male-dominated profession and a lack of formal training, Theodate Pope Riddle became a pioneering female architect.


Olin Library and The Debate About Open Space at Wesleyan University

The history of Wesleyan’s library system includes a debate that reveals how values associated with the environment in the early 1900s helped shape the campus’s development.


February 2, 1902, a fire broke out at Reid & Hughes dry goods store in Waterbury

Six Cities Respond to 1902 Waterbury Fire – Who Knew?

A fire, which swept through Waterbury on a stormy February evening in 1902, would become the worst in its recorded history up to that point.


Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) Born in New Haven, Charles Goodyear attended…


Henry Austin, Grove Street Cemetery Entrance, 1845, New Haven

An Overview of Connecticut’s Outdoor Sculpture

Public sculpture has punctuated the state for three centuries, reflecting the values of our communities, their times, and their funders.


Preserving an All-American Downtown in Torrington

Torrington’s unique and historically significant buildings are the foundation on which local businesses and civic leaders built a revitalized economy.


Miniature Boots, Wales Goodyear Shoe Company, Naugatuck

Charles Goodyear and the Vulcanization of Rubber

Obsessive dedication transformed rubber into a viable commercial material and made the town of Naugatuck one of its leading manufacturing sites in the 1800s.


Merino Sheep

Textile Mills in Oxford Dominated Early Industry

Domestic wool production is one of the oldest industries in the United States. The first mill in Connecticut arrived in Hartford in 1788.


Over Time: Beacon Falls’ Historical Population

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


Hose and Hook and Ladder Truck Building, Opera House, and Town Hall


The southern Litchfield County town of Thomaston is located at…


The Taft School, Watertown


Watertown is located in Litchfield County in the Central Naugatuck…


Signpost, Harwinton


The Naugatuck River forms the western boundary of Harwinton, a…


Lock 12 Farmington Canal, Cheshire


The town of Cheshire is located in New Haven County…



The town of Bethany is located in the south central…


Union Station Clock Tower, Waterbury


Waterbury, in New Haven County, is located in west-central Connecticut…


The birthplace of John Brown, Torrington


Torrington, in Litchfield County, is located in northwest Connecticut on…


Ousatonic Dam, Shelton


Shelton, in Fairfield County, is located in western Connecticut at…


Little-Laurel Lime Ridge, Seymour


The town of Seymour, located in western New Haven County,…


Former Prospect Library, Prospect


Prospect, in New Haven County, is located in southwestern Connecticut…


Beacon Falls

Beacon Falls, in New Haven County, is located in the…



The city of Ansonia, located in New Haven County on…


Railroad Trestle over the Housatonic River, Derby


The city of Derby, located in New Haven County, is…




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