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New trivia question

The first Hispanic woman to serve in the Connecticut General Assembly was elected by Hartford voters in 1988. Who was she? You’ll find the answer on HartfordHistory.net’s Trivia page.

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The shameful state of the Old South Burial Ground

This Veterans Day, I’d like to draw attention to the Revolutionary War veterans buried in the Old South Burial Ground off Maple Avenue, next to the Fox Elementary School. They include Thomas Y. Seymour, who helped the Americans win two game-changing battles near Saratoga, N.Y., in 1777. Seymour, then a lieutenant, led a regiment that […]

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This week’s trivia question

Saturday, July 26, 1941, marked the end of an era that had lasted more than 50 years in Hartford. What happened? You’ll find the answer to this question–and many others–here.

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This week’s trivia question

One of Hartford’s most-travelled streets was known as Hubbard Street until 1873, when it received its current name. What is that street? You’ll find the answer at the top of the Trivia page.

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This week’s trivia question

The $133 million renovation of Weaver High School has been drawing rave reviews. It’s named after Thomas Snell Weaver. Who was he? Click here for the answer: https://hartfordhistory.net/trivia.html

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Re: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, people of color in the Ancient Burying Ground, and Sol LeWitt

The Fall 2019 issue of Connecticut Explored magazine includes an article from me on the history of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, which was a launch pad for the national B&G Clubs movement. You’ll need a subscription to read it … so subscribe! Other Hartford-related articles in the issue include: “Unburying Hartford’s Native […]

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This week’s trivia question

A famous Hartford restaurant opened in the basement of the United States Hotel on State Street in 1845. Name it. Give up? Here’s the answer.

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Multiple-choice trivia question!

Campfield Avenue is named after a military encampment created during which of these wars: A) King Philip’s War; B) the Revolutionary War; or C) the Civil War. Here’s the answer: https://www.hartfordhistory.net/trivia.html

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New trivia question

Dillon Stadium, which recently underwent a complete renovation, opened in 1935 as Municipal Stadium but was renamed in 1956 to honor James H. Dillon. Who was he? Here’s the answer.

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New trivia question

Hermann P. Kopplemann (1880-1957) rose from the immigrant neighborhood of Hartford’s East Side to found H.P. Kopplemann and Co., which eventually became Connecticut’s leading distributor of newspapers and magazines. But it was in the political realm where Kopplemann did his most important work, achieving several “firsts” in the process. What were they? The answer is […]

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This week’s trivia question

A longtime Hartford business was the setting for one of painter Norman Rockwell’s more famous covers for the Saturday Evening Post, appearing in the May 19, 1956 issue. Which business was it? The answer is here.

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Exhumation planned for two Circus Fire victims

Grace Fifield, a 47-year-old woman visiting Wethersfield from Newport, Vermont went to the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford’s North End on July 6, 1944 and never came home. Her family has assumed all these years that she was among the 168 people killed in the fire that swept through the big top that day. But […]

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