U.S. Frigate Constitution, Isaac Hull, Esqr., commander

Fame and Infamy for the Hulls of Derby

August 16, 2018

Two Connecticut men, uncle and nephew, had starring roles—one in defeat and one in victory—during the War of 1812. …[more]

Categories: Derby, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Surprise, War and Defense, War of 1812

A Successful Lawyer and Politician Who Never Went to College

February 16, 2018

Chauncey Fitch Cleveland was a lawyer and politician who served the state of Connecticut, and the nation, in a variety... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hampton, Politics and Government, Slavery and Abolition, Surprise

An illustration from A Sketch of the life, trial, and execution of Oliver Watkins

Connecticut Draws the Curtain on Public Executions

August 15, 2017

Brooklyn’s status as county seat in 1831 resulted in the town hosting what is widely accepted as the last public... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Brooklyn, Crime and Punishment, Everyday Life, Law, Surprise

Steam tugboat J. W. Coultston, ca.1890s

The Great River: Connecticut’s Main Stream

August 25, 2016

Highway. Barrier. Resource. Sewer. Over the centuries each of these names has been used to describe one of the defining feature's of the state's landscape.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Surprise, Transportation

New York and New Haven Railroad train bound from Manhattan

Misread Signal Leads to Deadly South Norwalk Train Wreck – Who Knew?

May 6, 2016

…that by 1853, the era of steamboat transportation had largely given way to trains, but there was still a need... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Norwalk, Surprise, Transportation, Who Knew?

Am I not a man and a brother?

Early Anti-slavery Advocates in 18th-century Connecticut

February 8, 2015

Ideals advanced during the American Revolution inspired many of the state’s religious and political leaders to question and oppose slavery in the late 1700s. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, Surprise, Timothy Dwight

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