Valley Forge, 1777

A Connecticut Slave in George Washington’s Army

January 30, 2019

Nero Hawley, born into slavery in Connecticut in the 18th century, fought in the Revolutionary War. After his emancipation at... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Stratford, Trumbull, Work

Connecticut Turnpike Opens – Today in History: January 2

January 2, 2019

On January 2, 1958, Governor Abraham Ribicoff officially opened the Connecticut Turnpike—today the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike—to traffic. …[more]

Categories: Abraham Ribicoff, Branford, Darien, East Lyme, Greenwich, Killingly, Madison, Montville, Norwalk, Plainfield, Postwar United States, Stratford, Transportation, West Haven

Igor Sikorsky in the VS-300

Igor Sikorksy Dies – Today in History: October 26

October 26, 2018

On October 26, 1972, aviation pioneer Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky died at his home in Easton. Founder of the Sikorsky Aviation Corporation,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Easton, Igor Sikorsky, Invention and Technology, Stratford

Igor Sikorsky's first helicopter ascent, Stratford

World’s First Helicopter – Today in History: September 14

September 14, 2018

On September 14, 1939, the VS-300, the world’s first practical helicopter, took flight at Stratford, Connecticut. Designed by Igor Sikorsky... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Great Depression and World War II, Igor Sikorsky, Invention and Technology, Stratford

Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

June 29, 2018

This Depression-era road improvement project sought to artfully balance the natural and built environments, and despite setbacks and scandal, achieved its aims.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Fairfield, Great Depression and World War II, Greenwich, Historic Preservation, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Transportation, Trumbull, Westport, Wilbur Cross

Advertisement for Isaac Doolittle's bell foundry

Early Church Bell Founders

January 22, 2017

Church bells served many important functions in early New England. Consequently, skilled bellfounders in Connecticut found themselves in high demand. …[more]

Categories: Bristol, Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Fairfield, Guilford, Hartland, New Haven, Newtown, Pomfret, Stratford, Woodbury

Connecticut Revolutionized Geography – Who Knew?

August 30, 2016

…that in 1828 Jesse Olney published A Practical System of Modern Geography, which revolutionized the way the subject was taught... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Education, Hartford, Science, Stratford, Union

Lydia Sherman: The Derby Poisoner

March 10, 2016

Lydia Sherman confessed to killing three husbands and four children, but it is believed that the total number of her victims may be much higher. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Derby, Litchfield, Stratford, The Industrial United States, Women

Igor Sikorsky and the first successful helicopter built in America, Stratford

Igor Sikorsky and his Flying Machines

September 14, 2015

This Russian émigré not only invented a machine capable of controlled vertical flight, he also re-invented his aviation career along the way.  …[more]

Categories: Igor Sikorsky, Invention and Technology, Stratford, Transportation

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