Advertisement from The Hartford Daily Courant, October 8, 1852

Augustus Washington (1820 – 1875): African American Daguerreotypist

February 11, 2017

Though his work depicts people of different classes and cultures, ironically, no portraits of African Americans survive from his years in Hartford. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Slavery and Abolition, Surprise

Hiram Bingham

Hiram Bingham III: Machu Picchu Explorer and Politician

November 19, 2016

Hiram Bingham III was a distinguished scholar and public servant attached to a line of the Bingham family that has... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Salem, Science, Surprise

Wadsworth Atheneum, Morgan Memorial, and Municipal Building, Main Street, Hartford

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

July 31, 2016

Founded in 1842, this ever-evolving institution is the oldest, continuously operating public art museum in the United States. …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Arts, Hartford, Ithiel Town, Surprise

Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

June 29, 2016

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, Surprise, Transportation, Trumbull, Westport, Wilbur Cross

Connecticut, from the Best Authorities

Stamford’s Three-Gun Armada

June 13, 2016

During the Revolutionary War, American privateers utilized armed whaling boats to keep the British from the colonies’ shores and prevent... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Stamford, Surprise, War and Defense

Flying Machine patent

Flying High with Early Dirigible

June 12, 2016

In what would later be described as “the first flight of a man-carrying dirigible in America,” aeronaut Mark Quinlan piloted a machine designed and patented by Charles F. Ritchel. …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Invention and Technology, Surprise, The Industrial United States, Transportation

The Sewell heart pump, built by William Sewell Jr. and William Glenn in New Haven, Connecticut, ca. 1948 - National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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

Ellis Ruley, Cherry Blossom Time, house paint on poster-board, circa 1940's  - Courtesy by permission of author, Glenn Palmedo-Smith, Discovering Ellis Ruley, Crown Publishing

Ellis Ruley: Art that Celebrated Life

January 5, 2016

Ellis Ruley, the son of a slave who escaped to Norwich, rose to prominence as an artist, but prosperity and racial tensions created resentment among members of the local population. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Norwich, Slavery and Abolition, Surprise

Pierre Eugene Du Simetière, Silas Deane. Member of Congress

The Rise and Fall of Silas Deane, American Patriot

October 4, 2013

Esteemed by his fellow patriots as a savvy diplomat who helped cement a strategic alliance with France during the American Revolution, Deane spent his final years under a cloud of suspicion.  …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Groton, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Silas Deane, Surprise, Wethersfield

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