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Prudence Crandall

State Heroine Prudence Crandall

Prudence Crandall was born in 1803 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, the daughter of Quaker parents.


Launching of the Nautilus

Launching of the USS Nautilus 1954

The building of the Nautilus helped Groton sustain its title of “Submarine Building Capital of the World.” 


Connecticut Suffragists, 1919

Connecticut Suffragists 1919

Despite the fact that the women in this well-known photograph…


Assembly of parachute flare casings

Munitions Assembly Line 1943

Because so many men enlisted in the military during WWII, women were recruited to take their places in the all-important factory jobs that kept the forces abroad supplied.


Portrait of James Mars

1850s Equal Rights Activist James Mars

James Mars became one of the most prominent African Americans in the region, and the clear leader of Hartford’s African American community.


Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

The Legend of the Charter Oak

This Charles D. Brownell painting from the mid-1850s epitomizes the incredible importance that the Charter Oak tree held in the hearts and minds of Connecticut citizens over time.


Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Published 1852

Harriet Beecher was born to a prominent Connecticut family in…


Dedication of the New State Capitol, 1876

Imagining Connecticut

Who are we?  What traditions and accomplishments define us as…


Colt workers in front of the Armory, 1876

Workers at the Colt Armory, Hartford 1867

Colt Firearms has been one of the most prominent industries in Hartford for over 150 years.


View of the Merritt Parkway in the 1930's

Merritt Parkway 1939

As early as 1919, the Connecticut Department of Transportation recognized the need for an alternate road to Route 1 through Fairfield County.


The Yankee Peddler

The Yankee Peddler 1850

Yankee peddlers were a common sight in the Connecticut countryside…


Circus Parade, Main Street, Hartford

A Legacy of Thriving Cities 1905

The turn of the century brought a sharp rise in…


Crew of the Whaling Schooner, Margaret

Crew of the Whaling Schooner Margaret 1907

Although no particular data is available on the Margaret, she…


Suburban Development, Lower Litchfield County

Suburban Development in Litchfield County 1982

Few other states felt the lure of the suburbs as…


Tobacco Valley, Windsor

Shade Grown Tobacco, Windsor 1965

Connecticut’s agricultural traditions have endured over hundreds of years, and…


The Eli Terry Clock

Workers at the Eli Terry Clock Factory 1850

Born in 1772, Eli Terry opened the first clock factory in America in Plymouth, Connecticut.


Fort Griswold

Fort Griswold and the Battle of Groton Heights 1781

East of the Thames River, on Groton Heights, Fort Griswold…


Twenty-three-year old Virginia Algonquian man

Algonquin Man 1645

The Native American presence in Connecticut represents an important part of our state’s heritage.


Mayor's Council Armenian Group, Hartford, 1920

Welcoming Armenian Immigrants, Hartford, 1920

This naturalization ceremony in Hartford demonstrates the importance of the…


The Wethersfield Academy

Wethersfield Academy Est. 1804

Connecticut is celebrated for its long-lasting commitment to education.  In…


View of the New Haven Green

A Puritan Landscape New Haven Town Green

On April 24, 1638 Rev. John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton…


Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum Est. 1842

February 1, 2014 • Imagining Connecticut, Arts, Hartford

Art and culture have always played an important role in…


Puerto Rican Festival, Hartford

Park Street Festival, Hartford 1978

Despite the exodus to the suburbs, Connecticut’s cities still retain…


Private Henry Cornwall

Private Henry Cornwall 1862

Henry Cornwall was a member of the 20th Connecticut Infantry Volunteers. He served from September 8, 1862 to June 13, 1865.


Mark Twain

Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn Published 1885

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langehorne Clemens on November 30,…


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