Emergence of Modern America

Total eclipse by Frederick E. Turner, Willimantic, January 24, 1925

The Astronomical Event of the Century

January 24, 2019

Church bells chimed and factory whistles blew and automobiles, trains, and trolleys throughout the state came to a standstill. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, Science, Vernon, Windham

A worker on the final assembly of a WASP engine

Pratt & Whitney Debuts Wasp Engine – Today in History: December 24

December 24, 2018

On December 24, 1925, aviation engineer and head of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company Frederick B. Rentschler debuted its first... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, East Hartford, Emergence of Modern America, Invention and Technology

Monumental Bronze Company

December 17, 2018

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport was the only producer of a unique type of grave marker in the United States between 1874 and 1914. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Emergence of Modern America

The “Red Scare” in Connecticut

November 7, 2018

The Palmer Raids, launched in Connecticut in 1919, were part of the paranoia known as the "Red Scare" that resulted in numerous civil rights violations committed by law enforcement officials. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Crime and Punishment, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, New Haven, Social Movements, Waterbury

Climax Fuse Company, 1899

Avon Industry: From Underground to Outerspace

September 18, 2018

The Climax Fuse Company manufactured safety fuse, a type of fuse consisting of a tube of gunpowder surrounded by a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Avon, Business and Industry, Emergence of Modern America, Immigration, Simsbury

Senator Brandegee Stonewalls Women’s Suffrage

August 16, 2018

Senator Frank Brandegee of New London vehemently opposed progressive legislation at the national level, particularly when it came to the issue of women's suffrage. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, New London, Politics and Government, Social Movements

Bridgeport’s Catastrophic 1911 Train Wreck

July 11, 2018

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. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Disaster, Emergence of Modern America, Sports and Recreation, Transportation

Charles K. Hamilton

Hamilton Breaks Air Records – Today in History: June 13

June 13, 2018

On June 13, 1910, Charles Keeney Hamilton of New Britain shattered aviation records. Flying from New York to Philadelphia and... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, New Britain, Transportation

Frog Hollow: Hartford’s Living Landmark

June 5, 2018

Between 1975 and 2000, the Frog Hollow Puerto Rican population grew rapidly, building a “barrio” that defied traditional stereotypes sometimes ascribed to community diversification. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, Hartford, Immigration, Social Movements

School children placing flowers on the graves of World War I servicemen

Memorial Day 1920 Brings a Changing of the Guard

May 30, 2018

In 1920, veterans groups played an active role in orchestrating Memorial Day observances in towns across Connecticut. As had been... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, War and Defense, World War I

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