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Washington’s Sister Susie Society

The Sister Susie Society in Washington, Connecticut, started out as a reading circle but became a fundraising and World War I relief organization.

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The Danbury Hatters

The origins of Danbury’s hat-making industry date back to the…

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Hall of Flags: Memorial to Connecticut’s Civil War Colors

Battle flags played an important strategic and ceremonial role in Civil War battles. The preservation of Connecticut’s Civil War colors has been a long, delicate, and expensive process.

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Lake Pocotopaug, East Hampton

Lake Pocotopaug Shapes the Growth of East Hampton

East Hampton is home to one of Connecticut’s largest inland…

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Corpse preserver

Death and Mourning in the Civil War Era

The Civil War transformed traditional practices of death and mourning in Victorian-era Connecticut.

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Ralph Earl, A View of the Town of Concord etched by Amos Doolittle

Ralph Earl: Portrait of an Early American Artist

Among the number of 18th-century artists who resided in Bolton…

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Hope on the Wall: Connecticut’s New Deal Post Office Murals

Between 1934 and 1943, the federal government placed murals in twenty-three Connecticut post offices.

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Tomb of Lady Fenwick, Saybrook Point

An Old Saybrook Borough has a Stately History

The Borough of Fenwick, a well-known summer community in Old…

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Connecticut Valley R. R. schedule

Connecticut Valley Railroad’s First Train – Today in History: July 29

On July 29, 1871, a ceremonial train ran along the…

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Trolley interior, Branford Electric Railway - Trolley Museum

Branford Gets On the Trolley

The era of the trolley forever altered the development of…

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A Baltic Mill Helps Found a New Town

The Baltic Mill was once the largest cotton mill in the United States and led to the founding of the town of Sprague.

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Roger Tory Peterson, European starlings

Artist Roger Tory Peterson, a Champion for the Natural World

July 27, 2021 • Arts, Environment, Old Lyme, Science

“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.

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Wide Awakes banner

Hartford Wide-Awakes – Today in History: July 26

On July 26, 1860, the Hartford Wide-Awakes welcomed the Newark,…

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Dressing Table. Probably made in 1783 by the shop of Eliphalet Chapin

Connecticut Valley Style: Eliphalet Chapin Inspires a Tradition of Craft

Favoring local cherry and pine woods, this furniture maker introduced Philadelphia-style flair to New England consumers.

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Herbert Abrams Self Portrait

Herbert Abrams Immortalizes the Nation’s Leaders

Herbert Abrams was an American painter whose portraits hang in…

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

July 23, 2021 • Exploration and Discovery

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

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Alexander Calder at Stegosaurus sculpture dedication

A World in Motion: Artist and Sculptor Alexander Calder

Most renowned for his invention of the mobile, an abstract sculpture that moves, Calder is considered a pioneer of kinetic art.

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Dr. Sheffield's creme dentifrice box

Aristocratic Dental Cream Gets Squeezed

Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield was born in North Stonington, Connecticut….

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Entrance to Steeplechase Island, Bridgeport

A Unique Island Attraction in Bridgeport

When Bridgeport annexed the borough of West Stratford in 1889,…

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Orville Platt Helps Define International Relations after the Spanish-American War

Orville Platt was a powerful Republican senator from Washington, Connecticut. He presented the Platt Amendment to Congress.

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Testing the camping equipment on The Gunnery’s campus in Washington

Reading, Writing, and the Great Outdoors: Frederick Gunn’s School Transforms Victorian-era Education

In 1850, this educator, prominent abolitionist, and outdoorsman founded The Gunnery, a school in Washington, Connecticut.

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Hiram Bingham IV

Hiram Bingham IV: A Humanitarian Honored for Saving Lives during WWII

July 17, 2021 • Salem, World War II

Career diplomat Hiram Bingham IV, whose family has lived in…

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The White Mountain Express, traveling 50 miles per hour went off the track in Greenwich

The White Mountain Express Derails in Greenwich

July 16, 2021 • Disaster, Everyday Life, Greenwich

On July 16, 1908, the gong of the ambulances on Greenwich Avenue broadcast one of the worst accidents on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

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Candlewood Lake construction

Creating Candlewood Lake – Today in History: July 15

On July 15, 1926, Connecticut Light & Power Company’s board…

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James Lukens McConaughy sworn in as Governor by Chief Justice William M. Maltbie

Did You Know a Connecticut Governor Was a US Spy?

In late 1943 James Lukens McConaughy became Deputy Director in Charge of Schools and Training for the precursor of the Central Intelligence agency.

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Street sign for Gallows Lane

Gallows Lane and the Execution of Barnett Davenport

Tragic murders that shocked the town of Washington and revealed humanity’s dark side.

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John Warner Barber, South Western view of Ashford, Conn

The Path to Ashford’s Progress

Ashford’s location between Boston and Hartford once made it an…

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Deep River Drum Corps

The World’s Record for the Largest Muster – Who Knew?

…that Deep River holds the distinction of hosting the largest…

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Connecticut Votes for Women

Connecticut Suffragists Appeal to the President – Today in History: July 12

July 12, 2021 • Simsbury, Social Movements, Women

On July 12, 1918, Connecticut suffragists—men, women, and children—rallied in…

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Bridgeport’s Catastrophic 1911 Train Wreck

In the early morning hours of July 11, 1911, a train derailed in Bridgeport, killing fourteen people. Among the first responders were members of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

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Batman and the Outsiders #1, cover art by Jim Aparo

Drawn to Superheroes

For decades Southington was home to one of the most…

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Eight Mile River

Continuity and Change along the Eightmile River

July 9, 2021 • Environment, Lyme, Salem

The history of the Eightmile River, nearly one-third of which…

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Erector set

Erector Set Patented – Today in History: July 8

On July 8, 1913, the United States Patent Office issued…

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Burning of Fairfield

British Burn Fairfield – Today in History: July 7

On July 7, 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the British…

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Clown with bucket

The Hartford Circus Fire – Today in History: July 6

July 6, 2021 • P.T. Barnum, Disaster, Hartford

In the summer of 1944 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum…

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The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. Miss Rose Meers, the Greatest living lady rider

P. T. Barnum: An Entertaining Life

Once declared “the most widely known American that ever lived,” this showman’s life story is as colorful as the entertainments he provided to curiosity seekers in the mid-1800s.

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Advertisement for July 4th balloon flight

Silas Brooks, Balloonist

This Connecticut native earned fame as a crowd-pleasing musician, showman, and aeronaut.

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Fourth of July celebration, Woodstock, 1870

President Grant Celebrates Independence Day in Woodstock – Today in History: July 4

July 4, 2021 • Everyday Life, Woodstock

On July 4, 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant attended Independence…

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Margaret Rudkin

Pepperidge Farm Opens Bakery – Today in History: July 4

On July 4, 1947, Margaret Rudkin of Fairfield opened a…

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Mohegan Sacred Sites: Moshup’s Rock

Every nation has a spirit. The Mohegan Spirit moves and breathes within the very rocks and trees of the Mohegan Homeland in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Uncas Monument

Buffalo Bill Cody Visits the Monument of Uncas – Today in History: July 2

July 2, 2021 • Norwich, Popular Culture

On July 2, 1907, American adventurer and showman “Buffalo Bill”…

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Winter: Connecticut Valley by Dwight William Tryon

An Artist’s Life in Hartford: The Early Career of Dwight Tryon

Hartford native Dwight Tryon njoyed a long, successful career as a landscape painter and teacher with studios in New York City and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Connecticut Attorney General John H. Light and His Fight for Woman’s Suffrage

Attorney General John H. Light made his pro-suffrage stance public at a time when such advocacy could still lead to criticism

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The Seth Wetmore House: A Storied Structure of 18th Century Middletown

Seth Wetmore was a merchant, judge, and deputy to the General Court of Connecticut. His house is one of Middletown’s oldest homes and one of thirty-three in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

This Depression-era road improvement project sought to artfully balance the natural and built environments, and despite setbacks and scandal, achieved its aims.

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Greenwich Emergency Responders: On the Move Overtime

Horses, motorcycles, and boats are just a few of the modes of transportation that town emergency personnel have used over the years to get to where they’re needed.

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Stevan Dohanos

Stevan Dohanos Captures Connecticut Life

June 27, 2021 • Arts, Popular Culture, Westport

Westport resident Stevan Dohanos was one of America’s top realist illustrators, producing more than 125 popular magazine covers, and over 300 designs for commemorative postage stamps.

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Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy

June 26, 2021 • Education, Litchfield, Women

While several educational academies existed for girls in the years following the American Revolution, few proved more influential than Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy. Over 3,000 young women—and about 120 young men—received instruction at Pierce’s school before it closed in 1833.

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Postcard of the Parking Area, Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

Abundant Wildlife Drives the History of Rocky Neck State Park

Rocky Neck State Park is located on Long Island Sound…

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Detail from an 1863 broadside

Henry Ward Beecher, a Preacher with Political Clout

This skilled orator championed woman suffrage, temperance, and the cause of anti-slavery but scandal nearly derailed his career.

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