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Ruins of the Upper Dam of the Kohanza Reservoir in Danbury

Frozen Reservoir Destroys Danbury – Today in History: January 31

January 31, 2021 • Danbury, Disaster, Weather

On January 31, 1869, Danbury’s Kohanza Reservoir froze. At around…


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.


Merritt Hat Factory, Danbury

Ending the Danbury Shakes: A Story of Workers’ Rights and Corporate Responsibility

Despite the known dangers of prolonged exposure to mercury, the hat-making industry was slow to safeguard workers against its toxic effects.


Danbury’s Sandemanian meeting house, built in 1798 next door to the “eating house,” on a rise above Main Street.

The Sandemanians

December 2, 2020 • Danbury, Belief, Business and Industry

The Sandemanians of Danbury were a semi-communal sect whose local influence outweighed its tiny numbers.


Amusement Park Rides, Danbury Fair

The Danbury Fair, 1869-1981

For almost a century the Danbury Fair thrilled people from near and far. First showcased for its agricultural achievements, it later hosted a number of popular attractions including rides, races, and entertainment. In 1981, developers purchased the fairgrounds and the land is now home to the Danbury Fair Mall.


Evelyn Beatrice Longman Commemorates the Working Class

“Industry,” also known as “The Craftsman,” resides in Hartford. The work, by Evelyn Longman, is a celebration of the working class and their contribution to society.


Governor Tryon's Expedition to Danbury

The British Attack Danbury – Today in History: April 26

On April 25, 1777, British forces land at the mouth…


Marian Anderson with (on left) Governor Chester Bowles and W.C. Handy

Marian Anderson’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement

She performed in concert halls where blacks could not be seated, traveled to performances in segregated Jim Crow railroad cars, and, despite it, emerged as one of the great singers of the 20th century.


Ruins of the Upper Dam of the Kohanza Reservoir in Danbury

Frozen Reservoir Destroys Danbury – Today in History: January 31

January 31, 2020 • Danbury, Disaster, Weather

On January 31, 1869, Danbury’s Kohanza Reservoir froze. At around…


Candlewood Lake construction

Creating Candlewood Lake – Today in History: July 15

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


Leatherman in Wallingford, 1880s

The Old Leatherman Alive in Our Memories

This enigmatic, solitary figure has captured the public imagination since the mid-1800s when he began walking a 365-mile interstate loop over and over again.


The Burning of Danbury

In April of 1777, British forces under Major General William Tryon led a raid on patriot supplies stored in Danbury, Connecticut.


Danbury Hangings: The Executions of Anthony and Amos

November 28, 2018 • Danbury, Crime and Punishment, Greenwich, Weston

The executions of Anthony and Amos Adams in Danbury speak to the fears and racial tensions prevalent in early American culture.


Rediscovering Albert Afraid-of-Hawk

Albert Afraid-of-Hawk was born Cetan Kokipa on the Great Sioux…


Benedict Arnold: America’s Most Famous Traitor

Benedict Arnold of Norwich was one of the great Continental army heroes of the American Revolution before committing treason and joining the British army.


Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury

Danbury Prison Protest – Today in History: August 11

On August 11, 1943, conscientious objectors and other prisoners staged…


Anna Hyatt Huntington

A Celebrated Artist and a Meaningful Space – Today in History: October 20

October 20, 2016 • Danbury, Arts

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society’s Huntington Hall honors the memory of a famed US sculptor.


Team Photo of the Danbury Alerts

Danbury Baseball History Covers All the Bases

April 4, 2016 • Danbury, Sports and Recreation

From the hometown teams to the 1903 World Series, Danbury has surprising connections to America’s favorite pastime.


Main Street, During Fair Week

The Great Danbury State Fair & Early 20th-Century Outdoor Advertising

In 1909, the Danbury Agricultural Society called attention to its upcoming fair in a most creative manner.


Over Time: Danbury’s Historical Population

October 14, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Danbury

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.


A Fair to Forget – Who Knew?

…send in the cops to stop all the fun. In…


The Danbury Hatters

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


Almira Ambler, Civil War Nurse

A Voice for Veterans: A Civil War era ‘Whistle-Blower’ – Who Knew?

Her obituary stated that “Mrs. Ambler was always expected to say something” on behalf of those who had fought for the Union.


Camp a Danbury le 23 Octobre 11 milles de Salem

Map – Rochambeau’s Camp at Danbury

This map, “Camp a Danbury le 23 Octobre 11 milles…


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