Civic Center Collapse

Civic Center Roof Collapses – Today in History: January 18

January 18, 2019

On January 18, 1978, at about 4:20 in the morning, the Hartford Civic Center roof collapsed. Ten days of bad... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Contemporary United States, Disaster, Hartford, Popular Culture

Placard commemorating the adoption of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

The Fundamental Orders: Connecticut’s Role in Early Constitutional Government

January 15, 2019

Embracing the ideals supported by Hartford founder the Rev. Thomas Hooker, the Fundamental Orders represent what many consider to be the first written constitution in the Western world. …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Politics and Government, Thomas Hooker, Wethersfield, Windsor

Sam Colt

Sam Colt’s Funeral: The Day Hartford Stopped

January 14, 2019

The funeral of America's first great munitions maker was spectacular—certainly the most spectacular ever seen in the state's capital city.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Samuel Colt

Panoramic view of Bushnell Park, Hartford

Land Purchase Becomes Bushnell Park – Today in History: January 5

January 5, 2019

On January 5, 1854, Hartford voters approved spending over $100,000 in public funds for land that would become a municipal... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Historic Preservation, Horace Bushnell

Ice Skates, ca. 1965

Skating Through Winter

December 28, 2018

By the 1850s, better-designed skates and interest in healthful outdoor activities made ice skating an increasingly popular leisure activity. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Hartford, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

Wagonload of Christmas trees, Hartford

O Christmas Tree!

December 25, 2018

On Thursday morning, December 25, 1890, The Hartford Courant reported that Christmas Eve had seen stores crowded with shoppers and... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Hartford, Popular Culture

Chick Austin as the magician, The Great Osram, in 1944

Chick Austin Modernizes a Connecticut Institution

December 18, 2018

Arthur Everett “Chick” Austin Jr., director of the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1927 to 1944, put Hartford on the cultural map.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford, Popular Culture

Map of the 1761 transit of Venus

Transit of Venus: German Scientists Visit Hartford

December 6, 2018

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the transit was an important opportunity for scientists to calculate the distance between the earth and the sun—the basis for the astronomical unit.  …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Science

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

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

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