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Park Central Hotel disaster

Park Central Hotel Boiler Explosion – Today in History: February 18

February 18, 2018

In the pre-dawn hours of February 18, 1889, the Park Central Hotel in Hartford was ripped apart by a steam boiler explosion.  …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Hartford, The Industrial United States

Karen Mission Compound at Maulmain

Baptist Missionaries at Work in 19th-Century Burma

February 17, 2018

Justus Vinton was a missionary and humanitarian dedicated to spreading the Baptist religion around the world. Traveling throughout much of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Expansion and Reform, Willington

A Successful Lawyer and Politician Who Never Went to College

February 16, 2018

Chauncey Fitch Cleveland was a lawyer and politician who served the state of Connecticut, and the nation, in a variety... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hampton, Politics and Government, Slavery and Abolition

Congressional pugilists

Roger Griswold Starts a Brawl in Congress – Today in History: February 15

February 15, 2018

On February 15, 1798, Roger Griswold, a US House Representative from Connecticut, attacked Matthew Lyon on the floor of the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Lyme, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation

Alfred Carlton Gilbert, Inventor of the Erector Set – Today in History: February 15

February 15, 2018

A. C. Gilbert, a successful Olympic athlete, invented the Erector Set after being inspired by the structures he saw while on a train ride from New Haven to New York in 1911. …[more]

Categories: Invention and Technology, New Haven, Popular Culture

Artist Louis Paul Dessar Dies – Today in History: February 14

February 14, 2018

On February 14, 1952, American artist Louis Paul Dessar died in Preston, Connecticut. Internationally known as a tonalist painter (a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Lyme, Postwar United States, Preston

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller dies – Today in History: February 10

February 10, 2018

On February 10, 2005, the award-winning American playwright Arthur Asher Miller died at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, of congestive... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Literature, Roxbury

The Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard Halts Mail Delivery – Today in History: February 7

February 7, 2018

On February 7, 1978, the US Postal Service was unable to deliver mail to many Connecticut residents for the first... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Environment, Weather

Portrait detail of Frederick Douglass

“An Admirable Portrait” of Frederick Douglass

February 3, 2018

Hartford photographer Stephen H. Waite capitalized on the public's interest in the great abolitionist. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Slavery and Abolition

Uriah Tracy

Uriah Tracy Authors the Rules for Impeachment

February 2, 2018

Uriah Tracy was an attorney and politician who took up arms against the British after the Battles of Lexington and... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Franklin, Law, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Work

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