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, Surprise, War and Defense

God admonishing his people of their duty, as parents and masters

A Most Unusual Criminal Execution in New London

December 20, 2017

On December 20, 1786, a crowd gathered behind New London’s old meeting house to witness the execution of a convicted... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, New London, Revolution and the New Nation, Surprise, Women

German American Bund parade

Southbury Takes On the Nazis

December 13, 2017

In the late 1930s, in an attempt to avoid a second world war, countries around the globe worked to curb... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Great Depression and World War II, Politics and Government, Southbury, Surprise, World War II

State Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Norwich, Conn.

The White Plague: Progressive-Era Tuberculosis Treatments in Connecticut

October 30, 2017

Tuberculosis was a leading cause of death in the early 20th century. Treatments for included everything from exposure to extremes in temperature to regimens involving access to the outdoors. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Health and Medicine, Meriden, Newington, Putnam, Shelton, Surprise, Wallingford

Paul Robeson by Gordon Parks, 1942

“Negroes Who Stand Up and Fight Back” – Paul Robeson in Hartford

November 15, 2016

Called the "greatest mobilization of police in the city's history," the event that brought law enforcement out in force to Keney Park was not a riot, not a strike, but a concert by this singer-actor and activist. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Connecticut History Day 2017, Enfield, Hartford, Social Movements, Surprise, Work

Captain James W. Buddington and crew on whaling schooner

The Rise and Fall of Sealing in Early New London Industry

July 14, 2015

New London owed much of its early prosperity to the success of its whaling fleet: it was once the third-largest... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, New London, Surprise

New Haven: What Was Everyday Life Like During the Civil War?

October 2, 2014

Questions? We get a lot of them and some of the most recent ones have revolved around life and work... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, New Haven, Surprise, Work

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