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

Hartford and New Haven: A Tale of Two Capitals

October 23, 2018

Before the expense of having two capital cities became too great, both Hartford and New Haven served that function. Hartford became the sole capital in 1875. …[more]

Categories: Hartford, John Davenport, New Haven, Politics and Government, The State, Thomas Hooker

Paper dresses

Get Out Your Paper Dress, Gal! – Who Knew?

October 22, 2018

…that in 1966 the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford was featured on the popular TV show I’ve Got a Secret. Actress... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Popular Culture, Who Knew?

Alexander Calder at Stegosaurus sculpture dedication

Calder’s Stegosaurus Dedicated – Today in History: October 10

October 10, 2018

On October 10, 1973, Alexander Calder’s sculpture, Stegosaurus, was dedicated in Hartford. Constructed of 45 thin steel plates bolted together... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford

Henry Deming: Mayor of Hartford and New Orleans

October 9, 2018

Henry Deming served as mayor of Hartford and then as the provisional mayor of New Orleans during the Civil War before writing a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Colchester, Hartford, Politics and Government

Armsmear, Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford

Elizabeth Jarvis Colt Born – Today in History: October 5

October 5, 2018

On October 5, 1826, Elizabeth Jarvis was born in Hartford. When she was 30, she married  industrialist Samuel Colt and... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Samuel Colt, Women

Unveiling of the Grant Memorial Tablet – Today in History: October 4

October 4, 2018

On October 4th, 1916, the Ulysses Simpson Grant Memorial Tablet was officially unveiled in the north lobby of the Connecticut... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Hartford

Evelyn Beatrice Longman Commemorates the Working Class

September 27, 2018

"Industry," also known as "The Craftsman," resides in Hartford. The work, by Evelyn Longman, is a celebration of the working class and their contribution to society. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Danbury, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Newtown, Putnam, Windsor

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