US Post Office, 1946, Bethlehem

Connecticut’s Christmas Town

December 23, 2016

Nestled in a quiet section of Litchfield County lies the picturesque town of Bethlehem, known best for its designation as “Connecticut’s Christmas Town.” …[more]

Categories: Belief, Bethlehem, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Surprise

Mayor Insists Air Terminal to Aid Idle

“Something to Show for Our Work”: Building Brainard Airport

June 3, 2016

At the height of the Great Depression, unemployed men living around Hartford, became a cheap source of labor to help build Brainard airport. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Great Depression and World War II, Hartford, Social Movements, Surprise, Transportation, Work

Heart Pump out of an Erector Set – Who Knew?

February 17, 2016

Yale medical student William Sewell Jr. built the first artificial heart (partly out of Erector Set pieces), and conducted successful bypass experiments in 1949. …[more]

Categories: Health and Medicine, Invention and Technology, New Haven, Science, Surprise

Sign for the Temperance Hotel, ca. 1826-1842

Hope for the West: The Life and Mission of Lyman Beecher

July 26, 2015

Lyman Beecher was one of the most influential Protestant preachers of the 19th century, as well as father to some of the nation's greatest preachers, writers, and social activists. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Education, Expansion and Reform, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Litchfield, Literature, New Haven, Surprise

Detail of Map exhibiting the route of the Norwich & Worcester Railroad

Iron and Water: The Norwich & Worcester Railroad Story

November 18, 2014

Connecticut’s early railroad history had at its core the goal of linking New York City and Boston through a hybrid system of steamboats and trains.  …[more]

Categories: Norwich, Surprise, Transportation

Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret

Raise a Glass to Winemaking in Connecticut

September 2, 2014

The Colony’s first settlers produced wine and spirits, but it would not be until the 1970s that Connecticut could grow and sell its harvest. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Contemporary United States, Environment, Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Surprise

Merritt Hat Factory, Danbury

Ending the Danbury Shakes: A Story of Workers’ Rights and Corporate Responsibility

September 29, 2013

Despite the known dangers of prolonged exposure to mercury, the hat-making industry was slow to safeguard workers against its toxic effects. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Danbury, Health and Medicine, Law, Social Movements, Surprise, Work

Postcard of Luna Park, Hartford

Luna Park: A 20th-century Story of Amusement and Morality

January 4, 2013

The story of Luna Park in West Hartford provides insight into the battles between entertainment and ethics in Connecticut during... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation, Surprise, West Hartford

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