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German American Bund parade

Southbury Takes On the Nazis

December 13, 2018

In the late 1930s, in an attempt to avoid a second world war, countries around the globe worked to curb... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Great Depression and World War II, Politics and Government, Southbury, World War II

Poem relating the Beadle murders

The Beadle Family Murders – Today in History: December 11

December 11, 2018

Following the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed a law that closed the Port of Boston to all ships,... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Wethersfield

Thornton Wilder

Hamden’s Literary Legend

December 7, 2018

One of the most distinguished authors and playwrights of the 20th century called Hamden home. Thornton Wilder, author of such... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Great Depression and World War II, Hamden, Literature

Map of the 1761 transit of Venus

Transit of Venus: German Scientists Visit Hartford

December 6, 2018

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the transit was an important opportunity for scientists to calculate the distance between the earth and the sun—the basis for the astronomical unit.  …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Science

East Thompson train wreck, December 4, 1891

The Day Four Trains Collided in East Thompson

December 4, 2018

Thompson, Connecticut, was the site of one of the most horrific railway accidents in American history. The catastrophe claimed the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Thompson, Transportation

Henry Austin, Grove Street Cemetery Entrance, 1845, New Haven

Father of Architects Born – Today in History: December 4

December 4, 2018

On December 4, 1804, “Father of Architects” Henry Austin was born in the Mt. Carmel section of Hamden, Connecticut. A... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Business and Industry, Expansion and Reform, Hamden, New Haven

Goshen Animal Pound, circa 1800

Goshen’s Animal Pound

November 30, 2018

Livestock were once a central feature and concern of daily life for Litchfield County residents. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Colonization and Settlement, Everyday Life, Goshen

Morris Academy

Hidden Nearby: The Morris Academy

November 29, 2018

Rare for his time, educator James Morris accepted both boys and girls as students. …[more]

Categories: Education, Goshen, Morris, Timothy Dwight

Danbury Hangings: The Executions of Anthony and Amos

November 28, 2018

The executions of Anthony and Amos Adams in Danbury speak to the fears and racial tensions prevalent in early American culture. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Danbury, Greenwich, Weston

Chapel, Industrial School for Girls, Middletown

Thanksgiving and Christmas at Long Lane, 1874

November 27, 2018

In 1874 Superintendent S. N. Rockwell and his wife were in their first year of running the Long Lane Industrial... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Education, Middletown, Women

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