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Got an original article or photograph that would shed light on the history of Hartford? Please send it along. If it's posted, you'll receive full credit.

A Map of Hartford, Before the Interstate Highways: It was probably sometime in the 1940s or early-to-mid-1950s that the Tidewater Associated Oil Co. offered this map of the city.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Started Here: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the largest youth organization in the United States, serving more than 4.2 million young people in more than 4,000 clubs around the world. And it all began in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Internationally Known Hartt School: From starting in a house on Collins Street 1920, the Hartt School at the University of Hartford has grown into an internationally famous institution.

The Almada Lodge and Channel 3 Kids Camp: It started in 1910 as a summer refuge for poor kids from Hartford's East Side. For several decades, it was known as the Hartford Times Farm Camp. Today, it serves kids from increasingly diverse backgrounds.

Postcards from Hartford: A collection of approximately two dozen vintage postcards depicting the city.

The Founding of Hartford: Answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is the Charter Oak? Though never fully proven as fact, the "Charter Oak incident" remains one of the most exciting stories in Hartford and Connecticut history.

How Did Adriaen's Landing Get Its Name? Adriaen's Landing is a development site along the Connecticut River in downtown Hartford.

Hartford Mayors: A chart listing all the mayors of Hartford from 1774 to 2010, including their years of service and party affiliation.

How Hartford Became the Insurance City: As with so much about Hartford, the story begins at the Connecticut River.

The Hartford Circus Fire: The worst disaster in Hartford history occurred on July 6, 1944, during a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in the city's north end.

A Historic Cemetery Wins New Friends, a New York Times article on the Friends of the Old South Burying Ground, a neighborhood group formed to protect an 18th-century cemetery in the South End. Published Nov. 26, 2000.

Scape Artist, a New York Times review of a biography on Frederick Law Olmsted, the Hartford native who co-designed New York City's Central Park and was among the first to call himself a landscape architect.

'Local Actress Weds H. DeF. Bogart, Actor,' an article about Humphrey Bogart getting married in Hartford in 1928. Written by Kevin Flood, published in the Journal Inquirer newspaper of Manchester on April 3, 1999.

'Structures and Styles' of Hartford Architecture, an article on a book that guides readers on neighborhood-by-neighborhood “walking tours” of Hartford architecture. Written by Kevin Flood, published in the Journal Inquirer on April 14, 1989.