When it comes to slavery it's easy to condemn the South, but Connecticut has a harder time facing its own past.
Spending time on Candlewood Lake as a kid, I heard the rumors. Supposedly, beneath the lake’s pristine surface were the remains of an old town called Jerusalem. In addition to buildings and homes, the story goes, the town’s graveyard had been swallowed by the waters.
It was the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people back on Earth that made one giant leap for mankind possible. Two of those people are former Greenwich First Selectmen Jim Lash and Richard Bergstresser.
Robert Segee remembered the day in 1944 the children burned in Hartford. The day black smoke rose over Connecticut and the smell of burning canvas mixed with human flesh. It was a day that had haunted the capital city and the circus for decades and had become inextricably linked with his own…
The Pioneer Parachute Co. developed the first nylon parachute and supplied thousands of them to Allied soldiers throughout World War Two.
The involvement of Robert Ballard, the legendary oceanographer who discovered the Titanic, in the discovery of two fallen nuclear submarines was top secret for nearly three decades.
Southbury resident Alan Abel had an unparalleled gift for getting people to believe what he said, no matter how outlandish.
In 1936, Connecticut’s governor, Wilbur Cross, commissioned a Survey of the Human Resources of Connecticut that seemed better suited to Nazi Germany than the Constitution State.
The stories surrounding the headstone, marked only "XYZ," and the man buried beneath it have woven their way into local folklore in Deep River.
It seems like something from an alternate reality imagined in the book and TV show The Man in the High Castle. But in the 1930s, the Nazis were literally marching across America.
Thirty miles behind enemy lines, 133 U.S. soldiers from the Army’s 6th Ranger Battalion crawled as silently as they could toward Japan’s infamous Cabanatuan prison camp in the Philippines.
In September 1917, The New York Times reviewed a new book by Mark Twain, the legendary author and longtime Connecticut resident. The only problem was Twain had died seven years earlier in the small Fairfield County town of Redding.
On a fall day in 1936, just months before the airship’s fiery end, Connecticut residents stood slack-jawed as the pride of Nazi Germany soared overhead. Dubbed the ‘Millionaires’ Flight’ for the luminaries aboard, the spectacle appeared to confirm the ascendancy of airship travel.
Now under threat of demolition, Bridgeport's Freeman Houses were once at the heart of a thriving 19th-century community.
A quarter-century ago, local historian Gilbert “Gil” Johnson had an idea for a book. The retired New Haven Register press foreman invited people to share their memories of Savin Rock amusement park. As it is today, nostalgia then was strong for West Haven’s iconic but long-ago-shuttered park…
Modern anesthetic practice and Dr. Horace Wells’ personal descent into darkness began in Hartford on the same night: Dec. 10, 1844.
On April 25, 1777, British ships delivered upward of 1,500 troops to Compo Beach (today part of Westport). Their target was a military supply depot in Danbury, but as they marched inland that night and the next day, news of their arrival spread.
In 1965, the day before Columbus Day, Yale announced the existence of a spectacular rediscovered historic document: the Vinland Map. Dated to 1440 A.D., the purportedly Norse map depicted “Vinland,” the land discovered by Leif Ericson around 1000 and known today as Newfoundland. The document…
“There is probably no other inert substance,” Charles Goodyear once said of rubber, “which so excites the mind.”
Documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans, who says she “wanted to give voice to women,” found a fitting person to focus on for her latest film, The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand.
As America starved in the throes of the Great Depression, which is generally understood to have lasted from the stock market crash of 1929 until the economic boom of World War II, millions of Americans were out of work. The government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt undertook a massive jobs pro…
At the Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury there is a grave with curious markings.
A stone monument in the park behind the Noden-Reed Museum in Windsor Locks reads: “Site of the first decorated Christmas tree in New England.” Local tradition holds that the original tree this marker commemorates was not only the first Christmas tree in New England, but the first to be raise…
For millennia humans believed there was a landmass south of the tip of Africa. Even Aristotle speculated about this undiscovered country. Centuries later, in the 1500s, the hypothetical Terra Australis (South Land) began appearing on maps.
Formed in wake of Titanic disaster, the New London-based International Ice Patrol monitors Atlantic for icebergs
THE READING ROOM: Thomas Jefferson — Revolutionary A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America
The Stratford hangar has been a witness to significant milestones in flight history
In 1810, an English merchant started canning food. A half-century later, two inventors in Connecticut revolutionized the kitchen tool.
Kroum Batchvarov had hardly slept in three days. It was the end of September and the University of Connecticut professor was on a research vessel exploring the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea as a senior member of Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project.
Chapman was thought killed while on a mission with SEAL Team 6 on a remote Afghan peak in 2002, but new evidence suggests he fought on alone against impossible odds before his death.
Pat Mignone didn’t realize what was happening, not at first.
How the designer of New Canaan’s iconic Glass House fell in love with fascism.
Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Iron Furnace Make Great Day Trip (Free for Open House Day)
Captain of the Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship Returns to Mystic