Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

June 29, 2018

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, Transportation, Trumbull, Westport, Wilbur Cross

Sloan Wilson, the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, is Born – Today in History: May 8

May 8, 2018

On May 8, 1920, American author Sloan Wilson was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. Readers know Wilson best for his 1955... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Literature, Norwalk, Westport

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, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Stonington, Westport, Women, Work

Mambo for Cats by Jim Flora

Jim Flora Captures 20th-Century Pop Culture

January 12, 2017

From jazz album covers to magazines and children's books, Rowayton artist Jim Flora created works that helped document life in 20th-century America. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Popular Culture, Westport

An example of two different Kewpie dolls

The Kewpies Buy A House in Westport

December 19, 2016

The Kewpies originally appeared as a comic strip in the Christmas issue of the 1909 Ladies Home Journal.  …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Popular Culture, Westport, Women, Work

Oyster grounds, Western Division; Town of Westport

The Battle for Cockenoe Island

November 14, 2016

In 1967, the United Illuminating Company proposed to build a nuclear power plant on Cockenoe Island off the coast of Westport, but grassroots activism ultimately scuttled that plan. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Norwalk, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Westport

Stevan Dohanos

Stevan Dohanos Captures Connecticut Life

June 27, 2016

Westport resident Stevan Dohanos was one of America's top realist illustrators, producing more than 125 popular magazine covers, and over 300 designs for commemorative postage stamps. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Popular Culture, Westport

Group photo of Famous Artists School Faculty

Instruction by Mail: The Famous Artists School

June 21, 2016

The Famous Artists School in Westport once provided the premier correspondence training for those interested in an art career. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Business and Industry, Postwar United States, Westport, Wilton

The Burning of Danbury

April 26, 2016

In April of 1777, British forces under Major General William Tryon led a raid on patriot supplies stored in Danbury, Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Bethel, Danbury, New Milford, Redding, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Ridgefield, Westport

Morton Biskind Warned the World About DDT

September 27, 2015

A Westport physician named Morton Biskind became one of the first to warn the world about the dangers of DDT. His work ultimately helped inspire the writings of Rachel Carson. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Environment, Health and Medicine, Westport

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