Imagining Connecticut

Portrait of James Mars

1850s Equal Rights Activist James Mars

February 1, 2017

James Mars was born into slavery in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1790. At the age of 25 he won his freedom,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Hartford, Imagining Connecticut, Norwalk, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Prudence Crandall

State Heroine Prudence Crandall

September 3, 2016

Prudence Crandall was born in 1803 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, the daughter of Quaker parents.  In 1831 she opened a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Canterbury, Education, Expansion and Reform, Imagining Connecticut, Prudence Crandall, Women

Launching of the Nautilus

Launching of the USS Nautilus 1954

August 3, 2016

The USS Nautilus demonstrates Connecticut’s continuing maritime traditions and dedication to our national defense.  In July of 1951, Congress authorized... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Imagining Connecticut, Postwar United States, Transportation, War and Defense

Connecticut Suffragists, 1919

Connecticut Suffragists 1919

March 26, 2016

Despite the fact that the women in this well-known photograph are unidentified, Connecticut was home to many important figures in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Imagining Connecticut, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Law, Politics and Government, Social Movements, Women

Assembly of parachute flare casings

Munitions Assembly Line 1943

March 6, 2016

The women and factory depicted in this picture are unknown, but it represents Connecticut’s long held vital role in the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Great Depression and World War II, Imagining Connecticut, War and Defense, Women, Work, World War II

Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

The Legend of the Charter Oak

August 21, 2015

This Charles D. Brownell painting from the mid-1850s epitomizes the incredible importance that the Charter Oak tree held in the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Folklore, Hartford, Imagining Connecticut, Politics and Government

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Published 1852

June 14, 2015

Harriet Beecher was born to a prominent Connecticut family in Litchfield on June 14, 1811.  Before she began her prolific... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Imagining Connecticut, Literature, Slavery and Abolition

Dedication of the New State Capitol, 1876

Imagining Connecticut

March 12, 2014

Who are we?  What traditions and accomplishments define us as a state and shape our lives today?  This is our... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Imagining Connecticut, The State

Colt workers in front of the Armory, 1876

Workers at the Colt Armory, Hartford 1867

February 4, 2014

Colt Firearms has been one of the most prominent industries in Hartford for over 150 years. In 1836, Samuel Colt... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Imagining Connecticut, Invention and Technology, Samuel Colt, War and Defense, Work

View of the Merritt Parkway in the 1930's

Merritt Parkway 1939

February 2, 2014

As early as 1919 the Connecticut Department of Transportation recognized the need for an alternate road to Route 1 (also... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Great Depression and World War II, Imagining Connecticut, Invention and Technology, Transportation

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