Placard commemorating the adoption of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

The Fundamental Orders: Connecticut’s Role in Early Constitutional Government

January 15, 2019

Embracing the ideals supported by Hartford founder the Rev. Thomas Hooker, the Fundamental Orders represent what many consider to be the first written constitution in the Western world. …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Politics and Government, Thomas Hooker, Wethersfield, Windsor

Picking Tobacco in the Connecticut River Valley

Literacy Tests and the Right To Vote

November 5, 2018

Connecticut was the first state to require a literacy test of would-be voters and, even as the practice came under fire as a tool of discrimination, the state held steady until 1970.  …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, Politics and Government, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Windsor, Work

Pamphlet, 1692

Accidental Shooting Leads to Witchcraft Conviction – Today in History: October 3

October 3, 2018

On October 3, 1651, Henry Stiles of Windsor was killed when the gun of Thomas Allyn, also of Windsor, accidentally... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Law, Windsor

Evelyn Beatrice Longman Commemorates the Working Class

September 27, 2018

"Industry," also known as "The Craftsman," resides in Hartford. The work, by Evelyn Longman, is a celebration of the working class and their contribution to society. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Danbury, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Newtown, Putnam, Windsor

First Meetinghouse in Hartford

The Free Consent of the People: Thomas Hooker and the Fundamental Orders

May 31, 2018

Government formed with the consent of the people was a radical idea in the age of nations ruled by monarchs, emperors, and tsars.  …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Politics and Government, Thomas Hooker, Wethersfield, Windsor

An Orderly & Decent Government: Making Self-Government Work, 1634-1776

April 12, 2018

In 1698 the General Court reorganized itself to deal more effectively with Connecticut’s complex new problems. The outlines of the modern legislative system began to emerge. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, New Haven, Politics and Government, The State, Wethersfield, Windsor

An Orderly & Decent Government: Searching for the Common Good, 1634-1776

April 12, 2018

In the Great Awakening, impassioned evangelical ministers attracted crowds of thousands and the General Assembly promptly banned traveling preachers. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Belief, Colonization and Settlement, Windsor

Results of Halloween pranks, Windsor

Past Hallowe’en Pranks Bemused Some and Frustrated Others

October 31, 2017

Jack o’ lanterns, cider, masquerades, witches, and ghosts—many of the holiday staples that we still associate with Halloween were familiar... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Popular Culture, Windsor

Witchcraft in Connecticut

October 30, 2017

Well before the Salem trials, Connecticut residents were executing "witches." Connecticut is home to what was most likely the first execution of its kind in colonial America. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Colonization and Settlement, Crime and Punishment, Folklore, Hartford, Law, Popular Culture, Windsor

An English woodcut of a Witch

Alse Young Executed for Witchcraft – Today in History: May 26

May 26, 2017

On May 26, 1647, Alse Young of Windsor was the first person on record to be executed for witchcraft in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Crime and Punishment, Hartford, Law, Wethersfield, Windsor

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