Emergence of Modern America

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Connecticut Lessons from a Tragedy

March 25, 2017

While the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City is one of the most famous tragedies behind the organized labor movement, Connecticut had its share of equally dangerous work environments in the early 20th century. Many of them inspired Connecticut Workers to organize. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Disaster, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Immigration, Social Movements, Women, Work

A Woman Ahead of Her Time: Mabel Osgood Wright

March 16, 2017

This writer and photographer founded the Connecticut Audubon Society and created Fairfield's Birdcraft Sanctuary. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Environment, Fairfield, Women, Work

Governor Trumbull becomes first governor in the nation to qualify for a pilot's license

John H. Trumbull: Connecticut’s “Flying Governor”

March 4, 2017

In 1926, at the age of 53, Connecticut governor John H. Trumbull received his pilot's license. Piloting flights to his own appointments, he became known as "The Flying Governor." …[more]

Categories: Ashford, Business and Industry, Emergence of Modern America, Plainville, Politics and Government, Transportation

Video – Florence Griswold Tribute Film

March 3, 2017

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to Florence Griswold, an Old Lyme native who fostered the impressionist art movement in Connecticut.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Emergence of Modern America, Old Lyme, Women

Martha A. Parsons House

A Pioneering Woman in Business: Martha Parsons of Enfield

March 1, 2017

Enfield's Martha Parsons broke new ground in her pursuit of employment opportunities for women. Her family home now belongs to the Enfield Historical Society. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Emergence of Modern America, Enfield, New Britain, Women, Work

Holmes at Home: The Life of William Gillette

February 27, 2017

William Gillette was an American actor, playwright, and stage director most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and for the stone castle he built in East Haddam. …[more]

Categories: Arts, East Haddam, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Mark Twain, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Rockwell hardness tester

Rockwell Hardness Tester – Today in History: February 11

February 11, 2017

On February 11, 1919, Hugh Rockwell and Stanley Rockwell received a patent for the Rockwell hardness tester, a device for... Read more » …[more]

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

Total eclipse of the sun, Willimantic vicinity, January 24, 1925

A Total Eclipse of the Sun – Today in History: January 24

January 24, 2017

On January 24, 1925, Connecticut residents witnessed a full solar eclipse. They had ample notice. Governor John H. Trumbull had... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Science, Windham

Sophie Tucker - World-Telegram photo by Dick DeMarsico

Sophie Tucker, The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

January 13, 2017

Hartford’s own leading lady was a lively entertainer whose career spanned over five decades and whose generosity spilled over to various and numerous charities. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Popular Culture, Women

Ida Tarbell: The Woman Who Took On Standard Oil

January 6, 2017

At the end of the 19th century, Ida Tarbell became one of the most famous "muckraking" journalists in America, thanks largely to her investigation of the Standard Oil Company. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Easton, Emergence of Modern America, Literature, Social Movements, Women

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