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View of Old Whitney Hall (foreground) and the Storrs Congregational Church

Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home

In 1866, the Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home opened in Mansfield to house and educate boys and girls left parentless by the Civil War.


Vietnam Protests in Connecticut

Opposition to the war in Vietnam manifested itself in Connecticut in many of the same ways it did across the country. The most extensive protests occurred in 1969 and 1970.


University of Connecticut, Commencement

UConn and the Evolution of a Public University

September 28, 2020 • Education, Everyday Life, Mansfield

From farming and war work to physics and sports, the University of Connecticut has diversified over the years and become New England’s leading public university.


Silkworms, Cheney Brothers, Manchester

Connecticut’s Mulberry Craze

In pursuit of silk thread, the state went crazy for mulberry trees.


The Black Panther Party in Connecticut: Community Survival Programs

The Black Panthers had a significance presence in Connecticut in the 1960s and ’70s, particularly through community programs aimed to serve minorities living in the state’s more urban areas.


Nutrition class, Connecticut Agricultural College

From Aprons to Lab Coats: The Art and Science of Home Economics

In 1893 the Storrs Agricultural College (the precursor to the University of Connecticut) began training women in domestic science, the discipline that would later be called home economics.


University of Connecticut main campus

Homer D. Babbidge, Leader in Education

May 18, 2019 • Education, Mansfield, Vietnam War

Homer Daniels Babbidge, Jr., made his mark as president of the University of Connecticut from 1962 through 1972 and transformed the once-quiet university into a national leader in higher education.


Hard Times: Governor Wilbur Cross and the Great Depression in Connecticut

In addition to having a section of the Merritt Parkway named after him, Governor Wilbur Cross helped see Connecticut through the Great Depression and several natural disasters.


An Orderly & Decent Government: Searching for the Common Good, 1905-1929

J. Henry Roraback dominated Connecticut like no political leader before him.


Over Time: Mansfield’s Historical Population

January 29, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Mansfield

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


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