Climax Fuse Company, 1899

Avon Industry: From Underground to Outerspace

September 18, 2018

The Climax Fuse Company manufactured safety fuse, a type of fuse consisting of a tube of gunpowder surrounded by a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Avon, Business and Industry, Emergence of Modern America, Immigration, Simsbury

Connecticut Votes for Women

Connecticut Suffragists Appeal to the President – Today in History: July 12

July 12, 2018

On July 12, 1918, Connecticut suffragists—men, women, and children—rallied in Hartford and Simsbury to appeal to President Woodrow Wilson for... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Simsbury, Social Movements, Women

Gun Wheel of the First Light Battery, Connecticut Volunteers

May 15, 2018

The First Light Battery Connecticut Volunteers took part in numerous battles during the Civil War. A wheel damaged in battle now resides at the Connecticut State Capitol to commemorate the service of this unit. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Guilford, New Haven, Norwich, Simsbury, War and Defense

Suffragette Helena Hill Weed of Norwalk, serving a 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for picketing July 4, 1917

19th Amendment: The Fight Over Woman Suffrage in Connecticut

August 18, 2017

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees all women who are US citizens the right to vote. The bill became... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Law, New London, Simsbury, Social Movements, Women

Right foot of James Wilbraham

Civil War Soldier Dies of Gangrene – Today in History: July 10

July 10, 2017

On July 10, 1864, Civil War soldier Curtis Bacon of Simsbury died of gangrene from injuries he suffered in combat... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Guilford, Hartford, Health and Medicine, Simsbury, War and Defense

John Fitch's steamboat model

John Fitch Born – Today in History: January 21

January 21, 2017

On January 21, 1743, John Fitch, an inventor and pioneer in steamboat construction, was born in Windsor–a settlement in the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Simsbury, Transportation, Windsor

Tariffville Train Wreck

The Tariffville Disaster – Today in History: January 14

January 14, 2017

On January 14, 1878, at about 10:00 in the evening, a span of the Tariffville Bridge gave way, plunging a Connecticut Western Railroad train into the Farmington River 20 feet below. …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Simsbury, The Industrial United States, Transportation

Adam Farm in North (or East) Canaan, Connecticut

The Land of Nod Farm, East Canaan, Connecticut

November 16, 2016

The Land of Nod farm was an important agricultural and residential resource for both the people of Canaan and the workers at the Beckley furnace. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Canaan, North Canaan, Salisbury, Simsbury

New-Gate Prison courtyard

Notorious New-Gate Prison

October 22, 2016

A failed Simsbury copper mine is now a national historic landmark in East Granby. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, East Granby, Law, Politics and Government, Simsbury

Gifford Pinchot, ca. 1890-1910

Gifford Pinchot: Bridging Two Eras of National Conservation

April 22, 2016

"The conservation of natural resources is the basis, and the only permanent basis, of national success," wrote this Connecticut-born forester who oversaw the rapid expansion of national forest land holdings in the early 1900s. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Environment, New Haven, Simsbury

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