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Sloop-of-War Ship’s Figurehead Lands at State Capitol

October 19, 2017

A figurehead from the USS Hartford currently resides at the Connecticut State Capitol and serves as a reminder of the state's rich maritime heritage. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol

View on the Erie Canal

Benjamin Wright: The Father of American Civil Engineering

October 18, 2017

Benjamin Wright helped build transportation and canal systems in the United States and served as the chief engineer on the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Transportation, Wethersfield, Work

Asaph Hall, August 1899

Goshen’s Asaph Hall Becomes an Astronomical Success

October 16, 2017

Asaph Hall was a world-famous astronomer and mathematician from Goshen. Credited with discovering the moons orbiting the planet Mars, Hall,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Goshen, Science

Sandbagging at the Stanley P. Rockwell Co

The Flood That We Forget: October 15 and 16, 1955

October 15, 2017

When we speak of the “Flood of 1955,” we should remind ourselves that two separate floods, one in August and a second one in October, occurred.  …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Environment, Postwar United States, Weather

A Revolutionary Book Designer: Bruce Rogers of New Fairfield

October 14, 2017

Bruce Rogers was a book designer who settled in New Fairfield. Considered one of the great typographers of his time, his masterpiece was the 1936 Oxford Lectern Bible. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Literature, New Fairfield, Work

Bradley Smith Co., Inc., Grand Avenue, New Haven

New Haven Gives the Lollipop its Name – Today in History: October 13

October 13, 2017

On October 13, 1931, the name “Lolly Pop” was officially registered to the Bradley Smith Company of New Haven by... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Great Depression and World War II, Invention and Technology, New Haven, Popular Culture

Gerald Chapman: America’s First “Public Enemy Number One”

October 12, 2017

On October 12, 1924, in New Britain, Connecticut, Gerald Chapman became America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Having set out... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, New Britain

Detail of the French army's map of its route across Connecticut in Bolton

Site Lines: Mapping Rochambeau’s March across Connecticut

October 11, 2017

Moving troops and materiel over long distances during the Revolutionary War required accurate maps, most of which were in British hands, until French allies came to the rebelling colonists' aid. …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Transportation

New England burst its boilers off Essex, October 8, 1833

The Steamboat New England: “The shock was dreadful” – Today in History: October 8

October 8, 2017

One of the worst steamboat disasters occurred on the dark and stormy night of October 8, 1833, on the Connecticut... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Environment, Essex

The Colt's Manufacturing Company float for the parade dedicating the Bulkeley Bridge, October 7th, 1908

Hartford’s Industrial Day – Today in History: October 7

October 7, 2017

Hartford celebrated the 1908 opening of the Bulkeley Bridge with a three-day extravaganza. The new Hartford Bridge, as it was... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, East Hartford, Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, Hartford, Work

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