Paul Robeson by Gordon Parks, 1942

“Negroes Who Stand Up and Fight Back” – Paul Robeson in Hartford

November 15, 2018

Called the "greatest mobilization of police in the city's history," the event that brought law enforcement out in force to Keney Park was not a riot, not a strike, but a concert by this singer-actor and activist. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Connecticut History Day 2017, Enfield, Hartford, Social Movements, Work

Jonathan Edwards’ Famous Sermon – Today in History: July 8

July 8, 2017

On July 8, 1741, theologian Jonathan Edwards spoke the words of the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Enfield, Jonathan Edwards

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

Hazard Powder Company gunpowder barrel

One-Legged Stools – Who Knew?

February 1, 2017

. . . that Hazard Powder Company employees sat on one-legged stools to keep them from falling asleep while working... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Enfield, Who Knew?

Hazard's Electric Gunpowder, Hazard Powder Company

Colonel Augustus G. Hazard, Gunpowder Manufacturer – Who Knew?

January 12, 2017

…that Connecticut resident, Augustus G. Hazard owned and operated over 100 gunpowder mills in the Hazardville section of Enfield. Born... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Disaster, Enfield, Who Knew?

Video – Martha Parsons Tribute Film

March 16, 2016

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to Enfield native Martha Parsons, the first female business executive in Connecticut to earn her position based on merit. …[more]

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

Hotchkiss & Sons Artillery Projectiles

Connecticut Arms the Union

January 11, 2016

Colt, Sharps, and other gun-makers weren’t the only Nutmeg-based firms that supplied armaments during the Civil War. Makers of kitchen utensils, sewing machines, textiles, and other goods re-geared production lines to meet demand. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Enfield, Manchester, Mark Twain, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, Norfolk, Samuel Colt, War and Defense, Windsor Locks

Shaker advertisement to board horses, 1884

Enfield’s Shaker Legacy

August 20, 2015

Shaking Quakers settled in Enfield and created the packaged seed business.  …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Belief, Business and Industry, Enfield, Revolution and the New Nation

L. B. Haas & Company address label, 1958

Cash Crop: L.B. Haas & Co. and the History of Tobacco in Connecticut

August 8, 2015

A Dutch immigrant builds a business made in the shade. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Enfield, Hartford, Immigration

Shaker women and buildings, Enfield, 1890s

Shakers Revolutionize Garden Seed Business – Who Knew?

April 6, 2015

…that the Shakers of Enfield first packaged seeds in small packets, a method still used today. The term “Shaker” is... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Belief, Business and Industry, Enfield, Invention and Technology, Who Knew?

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