Surprise

Vivien Kellems Takes On the IRS

April 15, 2017

Reformer Vivien Kellems fought her most famous battle against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as she sought tax reform for businesses and single people. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Stonington, Surprise, Westport, Women, Work

ARRL station W1MK at Brainerd Field

Amateur Radio Comes of Age in Connecticut

April 2, 2017

In April 1914, inventor, scientist, and amateur radio operator Hiram Percy Maxim encouraged the Radio Club of Hartford to organize amateurs into a self-reliant network and, thus, the American Radio Relay League was born. …[more]

Categories: Invention and Technology, Newington, Popular Culture, Surprise

University of Connecticut, Commencement

UConn and the Evolution of a Public University

September 28, 2016

From farming and war work to physics and sports, the University of Connecticut has diversified over the years and become New England’s leading public university. …[more]

Categories: Education, Everyday Life, Mansfield, Surprise

Hartford Jai Alai players, 1976

“The Basque Game in Town”: The Heyday of Jai Alai in Connecticut

July 9, 2016

Organized jai alai came to Connecticut in the 1970s, but charges of corruption, along with the emergence of Connecticut casinos, soon brought the sport to an end in the Nutmeg State. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Hartford, Milford, Sports and Recreation, Surprise

Barkhamsted Hollow Church

A Valley Flooded to Slake the Capital Region’s Thirst

February 9, 2014

From 1927 until 1948, the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), using money from the sale of water bonds, purchased landholdings in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Barkhamsted, Environment, Everyday Life, Hartford, Hartland, Surprise

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