Who Knew?

Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted, early 20th century

Landscape Architecture Helps in Healing – Who Knew?

April 24, 2017

…Hartford-born landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted re-designed the grounds on the campus of the Hartford Retreat for the Insane to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford, Health and Medicine, Who Knew?

World War I Poster

War and the Fear of Enemy Aliens – Who Knew?

April 7, 2017

…that Greenwich had a special police unit trained to handle suspected foreign agents operating in Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Great Depression and World War II, Greenwich, War and Defense, Who Knew?, World War I, World War II

Hazard Powder Company gunpowder barrel

One-Legged Stools – Who Knew?

February 1, 2017

. . . that Hazard Powder Company employees sat on one-legged stools to keep them from falling asleep while working... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Enfield, Who Knew?

Hazard's Electric Gunpowder, Hazard Powder Company

Colonel Augustus G. Hazard, Gunpowder Manufacturer – Who Knew?

January 12, 2017

…that Connecticut resident, Augustus G. Hazard owned and operated over 100 gunpowder mills in the Hazardville section of Enfield. Born... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Disaster, Enfield, Who Knew?

Mohawk Ski Area

Mohawk Mountain Made Snow for Winter Sports Lovers – Who Knew?

January 7, 2017

…that in the early 1950s innovative Connecticut minds created the first documented artificial snow for the state’s skiers and sports... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Cornwall, Invention and Technology, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation, Who Knew?

The Living Actually Haunted Many Connecticut Taverns – Who Knew?

December 28, 2016

Early Connecticut laws deemed anyone who spent excessive time in taverns as a "tavern haunter" and subjected them to fines and ridicule. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Law, Popular Culture, Who Knew?

There’s No Place Like Home for the Designer of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers – Who Knew?

December 26, 2016

Connecticut-born Adrian, the American clothing designer who found success in Hollywood, designed Dorothy’s ruby slippers for The Wizard of Oz. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Naugatuck, Popular Culture, Who Knew?

Detail from the broadside an "Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly" composed by Jupiter Hammon

Hartford Publishes the First Literary Work by an African American – Who Knew?

December 25, 2016

…that Jupiter Hammon, who endured life-long enslavement became the first African American writer to be published in America when his... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Literature, Who Knew?

Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Wrist Watch, 1933

Waterbury Clock Company Saved by Mickey Mouse – Who Knew?

December 23, 2016

…that the Ingersoll Waterbury Company (now Timex) was saved from bankruptcy during the Great Depression, in part, by the introduction... Read more » …[more]

Categories: CT Live, CTH Insider, Great Depression and World War II, Middlebury, Popular Culture, Waterbury, Who Knew?

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, December 1947

The Atheneum Joins War Effort – Who Knew?

December 8, 2016

…that the Wadsworth Atheneum contributed to home front morale and fundraisers during World War II. In December 1940, The Wadsworth... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford, Who Knew?, World War II

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