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Shipbuilding at Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co., Portland

The Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Legacy in Portland

The town of Portland has a rich history of shipbuilding….


Portrait of James Williams from his biography

James Williams, More than Trinity College’s Janitor

James Williams was an escaped slave who became a janitor at Trinity College from the institution’s founding in 1823 until his death in 1878.


Guy Hedlund playing Guy Frances in Fortune's Pet

Portland’s Guy Hedlund: Actor and Activist

December 29, 2020 • Popular Culture, Portland, World War II

Guy Hedlund was a Connecticut native made famous through his…


Improved Centrifugal Governor

Portland Improves the Steam Engine

Thomas R. Pickering, an engineer, ran a factory power plant…


Portland Passenger Bridge, ca. 1906

The Longest Highway Drawbridge – Who Knew?

August 22, 2020 • Middletown, Portland, Who Knew?

… that in 1896, when the Middletown and Portland Bridge…


Over Time: Portland’s Historical Population

January 17, 2014 • Hide Featured Image, Portland

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.


The Middlesex Quarry, Portland

Portland Puts Its Stamp on an Architectural Era

The brownstone quarries in Portland, Connecticut, owe their existence to…



The Industrial Might of Connecticut Pegmatite

Mining for grit and sparkle.


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