Windsor Locks

First Woman Elected as US State Governor Born – Today in History: May 10

May 10, 2018

On May 10, 1919, Ella Grasso, née Ella Rosa Giovanna Oliva Tambussi, the first woman governor in the US to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Ella Grasso, Politics and Government, Windsor Locks, Women

Plane departing for Selma-Montgomery March, 1965

Civil Rights Demonstrations – Today in History: March 18

March 18, 2018

On March 18, 1965, about 90 Connecticut residents boarded a chartered plane at Bradley Airport to participate in the Civil... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Social Movements, Windsor Locks

Offices of HELCO at 266 Pearl Street, Hartford

Let There Be Light: An Early History of the Hartford Electric Light Company

April 7, 2017

As cities switched from gas lamps to electric lighting, one observer noted that Hartford was “far in the lead of any other city in the world in the use of electricity for light and power per capita.”  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Hartford, The Industrial United States, Windsor Locks

Bradley Field, Windsor Locks

Bradley International Airport Transforms Windsor Locks into Regional Gateway

April 3, 2017

Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks is Connecticut’s largest airport and the second largest in New England. …[more]

Categories: Great Depression and World War II, Postwar United States, Transportation, Windsor Locks

Airmen returning home, Bradley Field, Windsor Locks

Bradley Airport’s Military Origins

January 10, 2017

In 1941, with war raging on the European continent, the United States government anxiously pursued opportunities to establish an air... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Great Depression and World War II, Politics and Government, War and Defense, Windsor Locks, World War II

Governor Ella Grasso

The Education of Ella Grasso

January 8, 2017

The daughter of Italian immigrants becomes Connecticut's first woman governor.  …[more]

Categories: Ella Grasso, Politics and Government, Postwar United States, Windsor Locks, Women

Hotchkiss & Sons Artillery Projectiles

Connecticut Arms the Union

January 11, 2016

Colt, Sharps, and other gun-makers weren’t the only Nutmeg-based firms that supplied armaments during the Civil War. Makers of kitchen utensils, sewing machines, textiles, and other goods re-geared production lines to meet demand. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Enfield, Manchester, Mark Twain, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, Norfolk, Samuel Colt, War and Defense, Windsor Locks

Soldiers with cannons, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery

The Complicated Realities of Connecticut and the Civil War

December 30, 2015

Citizens’ dedication on the battlefield and home front did not always signal agreement on key issues of the day. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, John Brown, Norfolk, War and Defense, Windsor Locks

Detail from a Map of the survey for a canal route for manufacturing purposes from the head of Enfield Falls to Hartford

Windsor Engineers Success

June 15, 2015

In the early 19th century the Connecticut River was an important commercial transportation corridor and brought prosperity to the towns... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Environment, Expansion and Reform, Transportation, Windsor, Windsor Locks

Ella Grasso at the Danbury Fair, ca. 1975-80

America’s First Woman Governor: Ella Grasso, 1919-1981

January 8, 2015

Born to Italian immigrant parents in Windsor Locks, Grasso held state and federal offices at a time when women politicians were rare. …[more]

Categories: Ella Grasso, Politics and Government, Windsor Locks, Women

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