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Union Station during the Fire of February 21, 1914

Fire and Ice: A Very Bad Week in 1914

February 21, 2019

Hartford’s Union Station and Allyn Hall caught fire on two different days in February. Only one still stands today. …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford

Congressional pugilists

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

February 15, 2019

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

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

February 14, 2019

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

History in a Heart

February 12, 2019

A set of old Valentine’s Day cards, kept safe in a cloth-covered scrapbook, provide a look back at the sometimes humorous art of expressing heartfelt sentiments.  …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Women

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stratton

Charles Stratton and Lavinia Warren Wed – Today in History: February 10

February 10, 2019

He was rich, handsome and famous, she was considered a great beauty and their wedding was front page news around the nation. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Civil War and Reconstruction, P.T. Barnum, Popular Culture

The Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard Halts Mail Delivery – Today in History: February 7

February 7, 2019

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

Illustrations showing each farmer's branding earmarks

Branding Law Enacted – Today in History: February 5

February 5, 2019

On February 5, 1644, Connecticut enacted the first branding law in the colonies. The act called for all livestock owners... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Colonization and Settlement, Law, Middlebury

Segregation Picket line-Noah Webster School, Hartford

Black History Month Resources

February 1, 2019

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Social Movements, Women

Ruins of the Upper Dam of the Kohanza Reservoir in Danbury

Frozen Reservoir Destroys Danbury – Today in History: January 31

January 31, 2019

On January 31, 1869, Danbury’s Kohanza Reservoir froze. At around 7 o’clock in the evening the icy surface broke, causing... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Danbury, Disaster, Weather

Valley Forge, 1777

A Connecticut Slave in George Washington’s Army

January 30, 2019

Nero Hawley, born into slavery in Connecticut in the 18th century, fought in the Revolutionary War. After his emancipation at... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Stratford, Trumbull, Work

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