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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 are unidentified, Connecticut was home to many important figures in women’s struggle for equal rights.


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 a 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 importance that the Charter Oak tree held in the hearts and minds of Connecticut citizens.


Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Published 1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s most famous book is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was published in 1852.


Dedication of the New State Capitol, 1876

Imagining Connecticut

Who are we? What traditions and accomplishments define us as a state and shape our lives today?


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 in the mid-19th century.


Circus Parade, Main Street, Hartford

A Legacy of Thriving Cities 1905

With rapid growth due to immigration and industrialization, the turn of the century brought a sharp rise in the importance and vitality of Connecticut’s cities.


Crew of the Whaling Schooner, Margaret

Crew of the Whaling Schooner Margaret 1907

Seaports such as Mystic have been active in the shipbuilding, fishing, and whaling industries for hundreds of years.


Suburban Development, Lower Litchfield County

Suburban Development in Litchfield County 1982

February 1, 2014 • Imagining Connecticut, Everyday Life

Between 1945 and 1960, Connecticut’s cities all lost population while suburbs like Bloomfield, Woodbridge, and Trumbull more than doubled their populations.


Tobacco Valley, Windsor

Shade Grown Tobacco, Windsor 1965

Connecticut’s agricultural traditions have endured over hundreds of years, and survived through the continuing threat of manufacturing and other industries.


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 stands commanding the New London Harbor and the surrounding countryside.


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 immigrant community in Connecticut.


The Wethersfield Academy

Wethersfield Academy Est. 1804

In the mid-17th century, Connecticut was considered the most literate place on earth, primarily due to the early Puritans’ insistence that everyone be able to read and write.


View of the New Haven Green

A Puritan Landscape New Haven Town Green

On April 24, 1638 Rev. John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton sailed into the New Haven harbor.


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 Connecticut’s long and diverse history.


Puerto Rican Festival, Hartford

Park Street Festival, Hartford 1978

The Park Street Festival is an annual Puerto Rican celebration held in the heart of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community on Park Street.


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

In 1874, after living in Hartford for three years, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his wife Olivia moved to a home in the area known as Nook Farm.


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