An Orderly & Decent Government: Searching for the Common Good, 1866-1887

April 12, 2018

In 1873, the legislature began to look more closely at the problems of Connecticut's workers. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Business and Industry, Southington, The Industrial United States, The State

Amos Shepard, Plantsville, Design for a Wrench Member

The “Perfect Handle” Hatchet – Who Knew?

July 18, 2015

…that in the early 1900s, H.D. Smith and Company of Plantsville began the manufacture of a line of “Perfect Handle”... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Emergence of Modern America, Invention and Technology, Southington, Who Knew?

Batman and the Outsiders #1, cover art by Jim Aparo

Drawn to Superheroes

July 10, 2015

For decades Southington was home to one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Not known for his... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Contemporary United States, Popular Culture, Southington

Levi B. Frost House, Southington

The Frost House Once Offered Travelers a Warm Welcome

May 22, 2015

On Marion Avenue in the southwest corner of Southington sits a white clapboard, two-story house decorated in the Greek Revival... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Revolutionary War, Southington

Boyhood home of Amos Bronson Alcott, Wolcott

Amos Bronson Alcott Changes the Way Connecticut Children Learn

May 6, 2014

Amos Bronson Alcott was an educator and reformer born in Wolcott, Connecticut, on November 29, 1799. A largely self-taught man,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Bristol, Cheshire, Education, Literature, Social Movements, Southington, Wolcott, Work

Over Time: Southington’s Historical Population

January 3, 2014

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.  …[more]

Categories: Southington

Frost Bolt Company employees

Southington Industry: From Nuts to Bolts

June 7, 2013

At first glance, the town of Southington appears to be a quiet, bedroom community. Buried in its past, however, are... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Southington

Public library, Southington

A History of Libraries Speaks Volumes About Southington

May 16, 2013

While it is not uncommon in the modern era for towns to appropriate funds for operating public libraries, the town... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Everyday Life, Historic Preservation, Southington

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