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Asaph Hall, August 1899

Goshen’s Asaph Hall Becomes an Astronomical Success

October 16, 2018

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, 2018

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

Byram River, Pemberwick, October 16, 1955

Byram River Flood – Today in History: October 15

October 15, 2018

A few minutes before 11:00 pm on October 15, 1955, Greenwich officials pulled the alarm signal and declared a state... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Greenwich, Politics and Government

A Revolutionary Book Designer: Bruce Rogers of New Fairfield

October 14, 2018

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, 2018

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

New Netherlands and New England map

Reckoning with the Dutch: the Treaty of Hartford, 1650

October 12, 2018

Hartford place names, such as Dutch Point, Huyshope Avenue, and Adriaen’s Landing, are reminders of a time when Connecticut was part of New Netherlands. …[more]

Categories: Environment, Exploration and Discovery, Law

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

Site Lines: Mapping Rochambeau’s March across Connecticut

October 11, 2018

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

Howard Chandler Christy, Signing of the Constitution

The US Constitutional Convention: America Forms a Bicameral Legislature

October 10, 2018

In the summer of 1787, Connecticut delegate helped shape the drafting of the US Constitution through his proposal for a bicameral legislature. …[more]

Categories: Oliver Ellsworth, Politics and Government, Roger Sherman

John F. Weir, Roger Sherman, ca. 1902

Roger Sherman, Revolutionary and Dedicated Public Servant

October 10, 2018

An author of the Connecticut Compromise, Roger Sherman is also the only person to have signed all four of the most significant documents in our nation’s early history. …[more]

Categories: New Haven, New Milford, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Roger Sherman, Sherman

Alexander Calder at Stegosaurus sculpture dedication

Calder’s Stegosaurus Dedicated – Today in History: October 10

October 10, 2018

On October 10, 1973, Alexander Calder’s sculpture, Stegosaurus, was dedicated in Hartford. Constructed of 45 thin steel plates bolted together... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford

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