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Morris Academy

Hidden Nearby: The Morris Academy

November 30, 2021 • Timothy Dwight, Education, Goshen, Morris

Rare for his time, educator James Morris accepted both boys and girls as students.

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Chapel, Industrial School for Girls, Middletown

Thanksgiving and Christmas at Long Lane, 1874

In 1874 Superintendent S. N. Rockwell and his wife were…

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Gold Hall circa 1900, a men's dormitory named in honor of UConn trustee T. S. Gold. The building burned down in 1914

The First University of Connecticut Trustees

When the University of Connecticut started life as the Storrs Agricultural School in 1881, Governor Hobart Bigelow appointed its first eight trustees—all with agricultural backgrounds.

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The Chinese Educational Mission Building in Hartford, 1887

Yung Wing’s Dream: The Chinese Educational Mission, 1872-1881

In all, 120 Chinese students came to live and study in New England. When they returned home, they served as diplomats, engineers, naval officers, physicians, educators, administrators, and magistrates.

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Timothy Dwight Provides Religious, Military, and Educational Services for a Young Country

Timothy Dwight was an influential preacher, poet, and educator who served as a chaplain during the Revolutionary War and later as the president of Yale College.

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Henry Augustus Loop, Jonathan Edwards

Connecticut Origins Shape New Light Luminary Jonathan Edwards

Arguably one of the most significant religious figures in US history, this theologian, philosopher, pastor, revivalist, educator, and missionary spent his formative years in the Nutmeg state.

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Catharine Beecher, Champion of Women’s Education

Sister to two of the most famous figures of the 19th century–Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher–Catharine Esther Beecher achieved fame in her own right as an educator, reformer, and writer.

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Nutrition class, Connecticut Agricultural College

From Aprons to Lab Coats: The Art and Science of Home Economics

In 1893 the Storrs Agricultural College (the precursor to the University of Connecticut) began training women in domestic science, the discipline that would later be called home economics.

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Prudence Crandall

Prudence Crandall Fights for Equal Access to Education

A headmistress champions education for African American women and although forced to close her school in 1834, she helped win the battle for generations that followed.

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Straitsville Schoolhouse, Naugatuck

Child Labor vs. Schooling in 19th-century Naugatuck

September 4, 2021 • Henry Barnard, Education, Naugatuck, Work

The Naugatuck school system today consists of 11 public schools…

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Connecticut Revolutionized Geography – Who Knew?

August 30, 2021 • Education, Hartford, Science, Stratford, Union

…that in 1828 Jesse Olney published A Practical System of…

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The Child’s Picture Defining and Reading Book by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

August 29, 2021 • Hide Featured Image, Education

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet pioneered education for the deaf in the…

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Hartford classroom, 1957

Five Minutes that Changed Connecticut: Simon Bernstein and the 1965 Connecticut Education Amendment

“There shall always be free public elementary and secondary schools in the state. The general assembly shall implement this principle by appropriate legislation.”

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History Day 2022 Debate and Diplomacy

Connecticut History Day 2022: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

Both successes and failures in the execution of debate and diplomacy lay behind some of the most monumental events in Connecticut’s history.

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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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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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Helen Keller in front of her home at Arcan Ridge, Easton

Helen Keller in Connecticut: The Last Years of a Legendary Crusader

May 31, 2021 • Easton, Education, Women

This internationally known author, political activist, and lecturer made her final home in Easton.

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Noah Webster the schoolmaster of the republic, ca. 1891

Noah Webster and the Dream of a Common Language

Best remembered for the dictionary that now bears his name, Noah Webster played a pivotal role in shaping the young nation’s political and social identity.

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University of Connecticut main campus

Homer D. Babbidge, Leader in Education

May 18, 2021 • Education, Mansfield, Vietnam War

Homer Daniels Babbidge, Jr., made his mark as president of the University of Connecticut from 1962 through 1972 and transformed the once-quiet university into a national leader in higher education.

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Elevated view of Storrs Agricultural College

The Yale-Storrs Controversy

In the late 1800s, under pressure from frustrated farmers, the Connecticut General Assembly voted to transfer land-grant status and revenue from Yale to the Storrs Agricultural School (UConn).

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Boyhood home of Amos Bronson Alcott, Wolcott

Amos Bronson Alcott Changes the Way Connecticut Children Learn

Amos Bronson Alcott was an educator and reformer born in…

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American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, Hartford

Gallaudet’s Vision Advances Deaf Education

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a Congregationalist minister, is acclaimed today for his role in pioneering education for the deaf in the United States and establishing the American School for the Deaf in Connecticut.

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Litchfield Law School

The Litchfield Law School: Connecticut’s First Law School

The Litchfield Law School, founded in 1784 by Tapping Reeve, became the first professional law school in Connecticut.

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Home Economics Club, Hartford Public High School

Much Good Might be Accomplished: Catharine Esther Beecher and the Pursuit of Domestic Economy

March 27, 2021 • Education, Women

Thanks to this 19th-century educator and reformer, home economics is standard fare in schools today.

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View of Old Whitney Hall (foreground) and the Storrs Congregational Church

Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home

In 1866, the Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home opened in Mansfield to house and educate boys and girls left parentless by the Civil War.

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Photograph of Hilda Crosby Standish

Hilda Crosby Standish, Early Proponent of Women’s Reproductive Health

A pioneer of sex education and family planning, this physician directed the state’s first birth control clinic in 1935.

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View of Wadsworth Street in 1877

The Lives of Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus Told Through their Loving Letters

Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus were two free Black women whose lives intersected in Hartford, Connecticut in the 19th century. Letters written between them imply their relationship was more than friendship.

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Portrait of James Williams from his biography

James Williams, More than Trinity College’s Janitor

James Williams was an escaped slave who became a janitor at Trinity College from the institution’s founding in 1823 until his death in 1878.

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Apostle of Peace: Elihu Burritt’s Quest for Universal Brotherhood

Elihu Burritt, a blacksmith by trade, became an advocate for peace around the world throughout the 19th century.

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Maria Sanchez and Alejandro La Luz, Puerto Rican spokesmen, Hartford

Maria Sánchez, State Representative and Community Advocate

The first Latina elected to the Connecticut General Assembly started as a grassroots activist for Hartford’s Puerto Rican community.

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A front view of Dartmouth College, with the Chapel, & Hall

Eleazar Wheelock: Preacher, Dartmouth College Founder

Eleazar Wheelock was a notable eighteenth-century farmer, Congregational minister, revivalist, educator, and founder of Dartmouth College.

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Foreign Mission School, Cornwall

An Experiment in Evangelization: Cornwall’s Foreign Mission School

November 10, 2020 • Cornwall, Timothy Dwight, Belief, Education

The story of the Foreign Mission School connects the town…

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Yung Wing

Avon’s Educational and Cultural Pioneer

October 21, 2020 • Avon, Yung Wing, Education, Immigration

Yung Wing was the first Chinese student to graduate from…

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Yale charter, October 9, 1701

When Old Saybrook Was a College Town

Yale University traces its origins back to the Connecticut Colony’s…

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University of Connecticut, Commencement

UConn and the Evolution of a Public University

September 28, 2020 • Education, Everyday Life, Mansfield

From farming and war work to physics and sports, the University of Connecticut has diversified over the years and become New England’s leading public university.

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Prudence Crandall

State Heroine Prudence Crandall

Prudence Crandall was born in 1803 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island,…

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Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Trinity College – Scholarship and Community Engagement

August 23, 2020 • Education, Hartford

Founded in 1823, Trinity College has evolved alongside the city of Hartford for nearly 200 years.

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Mrs. Lydia H. Sigourney

Miss Huntley’s School Opens – Today in History: August 1

August 1, 2020 • Education, Literature, Hartford, Women

On August 1, 1814, a young teacher named Lydia Huntley…

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Sign for the Temperance Hotel, ca. 1826-1842

Hope for the West: The Life and Mission of Lyman Beecher

Lyman Beecher was one of the most influential Protestant preachers of the 19th century, as well as father to some of the nation’s greatest preachers, writers, and social activists.

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Sheff v. O’Neill – Today in History: July 9

July 9, 2020 • Education, Law

On July 9, 1996, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that…

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The Cottage Girl by Nancy Hale a pupil of Sarah Pierce's school

Educator Sarah Pierce Born – Today in History: June 26

June 26, 2020 • Education, Litchfield, Women

On June 26, 1767, pioneering educator Sarah Pierce was born…

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Ensign Merle J. Smith, Jr.

Academy Graduates First African American Student – Today in History: June 8

June 8, 2020 • Education, New London

On June 8, 1966, the US Coast Guard Academy in…

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Helen Keller

Helen Keller Dies – Today in History: June 1

On June 1, 1968, American author, political activist, and lecturer…

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Cornerstone Set – Today in History: May 25

May 25, 2020 • Architecture, Education, Hartford

On May 25, 1909, the cornerstone was laid for the…

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A First Amendment Lesson: Weaver High Students Teach Their Elders

In the 1960s, Hartford high school students published a controversial newspaper that sparked debates about freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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Connecticut: Home to the Boxcar Children Mysteries – Who Knew?

…that Gertrude Chandler Warner, a lifelong resident of Putnam, Connecticut, authored the popular series The Boxcar Children Mysteries?

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Teacher and student, American School for the Deaf

The American School for the Deaf – Today in History: April 15

April 15, 2020 • Education, Hartford

On April 15, 1817, the Connecticut Asylum for the Education…

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The Northern Student Movement

The Northern Student Movement motivated college students to contribute their energies to important social causes such as literacy and civil rights.

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The Innumerable Accolades Afforded Dr. William H. Welch

William Welch was a native of Norfolk, Connecticut, and one…

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Sexton family home, now the Ellington Historical Society

Nellie McKnight Promotes History and Literacy throughout Ellington

March 13, 2020 • Ellington, Education, Women, Work

Nellie McKnight was a teacher, librarian, and historian who served…

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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.

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Gwen Reed, circa 1950's

Actress Gwen Reed Best Remembered for Dedication to Childhood Literacy

Gwen Reed was an actress and educational advocate who grew…

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Edward Alexander Bouchet: The First African American to Earn a PhD from an American University

Edward Alexander Bouchet was a physicist who was among Yale’s first African American students, and reportedly became the first African American in the United States to earn a PhD.

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Music Vale Seminary, Salem

Music Vale Seminary in Salem Credited as Being First in US

In the mid-19th century, Orramel Whittlesey founded a music conservatory…

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Benjamin Silliman

Benjamin Silliman and the Collection That Inspired the Yale Peabody Museum

In early July of 1779, a pregnant Mary Silliman watched…

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West view, Somers CT

Somers School of the Prophets

November 27, 2019 • Belief, Education, Somers

Informal institutions of theological training, called schools of the prophets,…

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Training and rescue submarine S-4 submerging

Video – Undersea University – US Navy’s Submarine School

Produced by the US Government in 1965, this film of…

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Postcard of Dinosaur State Park, ca. 1960s

Discovered Dinosaur Tracks Re-Route Highway and Lead to State Park

Some 200 million years ago, carnivorous dinosaurs roamed Rocky Hill leaving the three-toed tracks that would become our state fossil.

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Yale Daily News

Oldest College Daily – Today in History: January 28

On January 28, 1878, the first edition of the Yale…

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Timothy Dwight

Timothy Dwight Dies – Today in History: January 11

On January 11, 1817, Timothy Dwight (theologian, educator, poet, and…

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An Orderly & Decent Government: Significant Events & Developments, 1965-Now

Connecticut recast its constitution, reapportioned its House and Senate, and struggled with providing equal rights to all races and socio-economic classes in the state.

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Norwich Free Academy, School Architecture: Pt. II. Plans for Graded Schools by Henry Barnard

Henry Barnard Advances State and National Education Initiatives

This 19th-century reformer sought to promote harmonious social and civic behavior by revamping the US school system.

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Emma Hart Willard: Leader in Women’s Education

Berlin-born Emma Hart Willard used her passion for learning to create new educational opportunities for women and foster the growth of the co-ed system.

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Map of school busing and integration in the greater Hartford area, 1966

Sheff v. O’Neill Settlements Target Educational Segregation In Hartford

April 27, 2016 • Education, Law, Hartford, Social Movements

This landmark case not only drew attention to inequalities in area school systems, it focused efforts on reform.

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Video – Rudolph Zallinger’s Masterpiece, “The Age of Reptiles”

The Yale Peabody Museum is home to one of the world’s largest murals, which illustrates changes in the earth’s flora and fauna between the Devonian and Cretaceous periods.

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The Socially Dynamic Drumlin of Foss Hill

February 16, 2016 • Education, Environment, Middletown

The changing nature of Foss Hill (on the campus of Wesleyan University) tells the story of evolving cultural influences that altered the landscapes of universities across the country.

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Norfolk—Alive With The Sound of Summer Music

May 14, 2014 • Arts, Education, Norfolk

Norfolk began hosting the Yale Summer School of Music and…

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A Shipping and Railroad Magnate Remembers His Connecticut Roots

Charles Morgan was a shipping and railroad magnate who earned…

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Western view of Plainfield

Plainfield Academy: Grooming Connecticut Scholars in the 18th and 19th Centuries

April 23, 2014 • Education, Plainfield, Work

Founded in the late 18th century, the Plainfield Academy went…

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William E. Simonds

William Edgar Simonds: A Schoolteacher Turned Civil War Hero

Born into a destitute family, William Edgar Simonds originally set…

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View of Camp Columbia, Morris

Hidden Nearby: Camp Columbia State Park in Morris

April 8, 2014 • Education, Environment, Morris

Once an engineering field school for Columbia University, this former campus presents a study in change and adaptation.

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Video – Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures: Prudence Crandall Museum

Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute film vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources.

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The Wethersfield Academy

Wethersfield Academy Est. 1804

Connecticut is celebrated for its long-lasting commitment to education.  In…

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Yale University from Colonial Times to the Present

Yale University has grown from the small “Collegiate School” founded in Saybrook in 1701 to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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Obookiah’s gravesite, Cornwall

Hidden Nearby: Henry Obookiah’s Cornwall Grave

January 16, 2014 • Cornwall, Education

Heneri Opukaha’ia (Anglicized as Henry Obookiah in his lifetime) of Hawaii was a student of the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall.

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Map of the invasion of New Haven

Ezra Stiles Captured 18th-Century Life on Paper

Educator and theologian Ezra Stiles authored numerous scholarly publications and…

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Scoville Library, Salisbury

The Scoville Memorial Library

January 10, 2014 • Education, Everyday Life, Salisbury

The first publicly funded library in the US continues to serve the town of Salisbury.

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The house of Samson Occom in Mohegan, Montville

Samson Occom and the Brotherton Indians

A Mohegan and founding member of a pantribal group of Christian Indians, Occum sought to preserve Native autonomy by living apart from European communities.

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Jared Sparks

A Willington Visionary Preserves the Nation’s Colonial Past

October 9, 2013 • Education, Revolutionary War, Willington

Jared Sparks was a Unitarian minister, editor, and historian who…

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Chinese Educational Mission: the college, Hartford

Yung Wing, the Chinese Educational Mission, and Transnational Connecticut

In their respective tragic but inspiring final American acts, Yung and the Mission reflect the worst and best of the Chinese Exclusion Act era.

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The Story Trail of Voices

Mohegan history and religion have been preserved by many different voices in many different families through Mohegan Oral Tradition. However, since before the American Revolution, four women in particular have passed on Mohegan stories.

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Video – Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures: Litchfield Historical Society

Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute film vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources.

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PROJECT CONCERN youngsters, 20 of them from Hartford, arrive at Spaulding School, Suffield

Connecticut Takes the Wheel on Education Reform: Project Concern

April 10, 2013 • Education, Hartford, Social Movements

As one of the earliest voluntary busing programs in the US, Project Concern sought to address educational inequalities.

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Pastoral Picture by Faith Trumbull

Faith Trumbull: The Artist Was a Young Girl

Her younger brother may be the better-known artist today, but it was her accomplished needlework pictures that inspired his youthful imagination.

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