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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.


Candlewood Lake construction

Creating Candlewood Lake – Today in History: July 15

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


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.


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.


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…


Deep River Drum Corps

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

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


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…


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.


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

Drawn to Superheroes

For decades Southington was home to one of the most…


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…


Erector set

Erector Set Patented – Today in History: July 8

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


Burning of Fairfield

British Burn Fairfield – Today in History: July 7

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


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…


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.


Advertisement for July 4th balloon flight

Silas Brooks, Balloonist

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


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…


Margaret Rudkin

Pepperidge Farm Opens Bakery – Today in History: July 4

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


Bigelow Tea–A Connecticut Tea Party

The Bigelow Tea Company was started as a small family business in Manhatten before moving to Norwalk and then Fairfield.


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.


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”…


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


Postcard of Plant B, Pierson's Greenhouses, Cromwell

The Rose King of America Transformed Cromwell’s Landscape

Andrew N. Pierson was born Anders Nil Persson in Skane…


Fort Trumbull neighborhood, New London

Private vs. Public Property – Today in History: June 23

June 23, 2021 • Law, New London

On June 23, 2005, in the eminent domain case Kelo…


Pins made by Howe Manufacturing Co., Birmingham

John Howe Makes a Better Pin – Today in History: June 22

On June 22, 1832, John Ireland Howe invented the first…


J. P. Morgan’s Connecticut Roots

One of the great financiers of the late 19th and early 20th century, J. P. Morgan was born (and spent much of his youth) in Hartford, Connecticut.


Jimmy Piersall’s Public Struggle with Mental Illness

Professional baseball great Jimmy Piersall battled with mental illness all of his life.


North Haven: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

Lippincott, Inc., in North Haven, was one of the most highly respected fine-arts metal fabricators in the country in the second half of the 20th century.


Automatic Gallows

The Automatic Gallows – Today in History: June 18

On June 18, 1895, Jabez L. Woodbridge of Wethersfield patented…


The Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton Playhouse Opens – Today in History: June 17

June 17, 2021 • Arts, Essex

On June 17, 1930, the Ivoryton Playhouse opened with a…


Mead Memorial Park, New Canaan

Summer Crowds Flocked to New Canaan and Stayed

Like many towns in Connecticut, New Canaan owes much of…


Machine for crushing stone, E.W. Blake

The Blake Rock Crusher – Today in History: June 15

On June 15, 1858, Eli Whitney Blake of New Haven…


Automobiles waiting to cross

East Haddam Swing Bridge – Today in History: June 14

June 14, 2021 • East Haddam, Transportation

On June 14, 1913, the East Haddam Swing Bridge officially…


Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe Born – Today in History: June 14

On June 14, 1811, author Harriet Beecher Stowe was born…


Connecticut, from the Best Authorities

Stamford’s Three-Gun Armada

During the Revolutionary War, American privateers utilized armed whaling boats…


The Platt Amendment – Today in History: June 12

Orville Platt from Meriden presented the Platt Amendment to Congress in 1901. It essentially made Cuba an American protectorate.


The 1909 seven passenger limousine

The Hardware City Could’ve Been the Motor City – Who Knew?

…that New Britain could add automobile manufacturing to its long…


Hooker and Company Journeying through the Wilderness from Plymouth to Hartford

Hooker’s Journey to Hartford

In early June of 1636, prominent Puritan religious leader Reverend…


USS George Washington (SSBN 589)

USS George Washington Launched – Today in History: June 9

June 9, 2021 • Groton, War and Defense

On June 9, 1959, the first nuclear-powered, ballistic-missile submarine, the…


Willimantic Bridge

Bridge Ornaments Help Tell the Legend of the Windham Frog Fight

June 8, 2021 • Folklore, Popular Culture, Windham

One June night in 1754, Windham residents awoke to a dreadful sound, the source of which has inspired tall tales ever since.


Nathan Hale: The Man and the Legend

A school teacher hanged as a spy during the American Revolution, Nathan Hale became Connecticut’s official state hero in 1985.


Electromagnetic Signal Apparatus for Railroads

Thomas Hall’s Electric Block Railroad Signal – Today in History: June 7

On June 7, 1870, Thomas Hall patented the electromagnetic signal…


Detail from Puck magazine, "It costs money to fix things" - C P Huntington

Collis P. Huntington: The Boy from Poverty Hollow

From a poverty-stricken life in Harwinton, Connecticut, Collis Huntington grew to be one of the wealthiest and most powerful railroad men of his era.


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