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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.


Hartford Circus Fire

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 Read more…


Susan Campbell got to know the city’s Frog Hollow neighborhood as a longtime reporter and columnist for the Hartford Courant. Now she has poured that expertise into a new book that delves into the neighborhood’s long history as a hotbed Read more…


Kudos to Fox 61 (WTIC-TV) for its recent profile of Aetna Ambulance, which began in 1945 in response to an ambulance shortage during the 1944 Circus Fire. The company, headquartered off Van Block Street, in the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood, also Read more…


Several Hartford-area executives already have invested in the project, which has a projected budget of $1.5 million, according to the Journal. The investors hope this movie, named “Pep,” will raise Hartford’s profile the way another boxing movie, “Rocky,” did for Read more…


What Hartford institution disappeared on October 20, 1976?


The Rose Window of the Charter Oak Cultural Center

Upon its construction on Charter Oak Avenue in 1876, Temple Beth Israel became Connecticut’s first purpose-built synagogue. With its twin domes and arched doors and windows, it also became an architectural jewel of the neighborhood. The congregation moved to West Read more…


Martin Luther King Jr., just 30 years old but already recognized nationally as a leader of the civil rights movement, walked onto the stage of Bushnell Memorial Hall on May 7, 1959. In a speech entitled, “The Future of Integration,” Read more…


What city institution—still with us—was founded in response to a steam boiler explosion that killed 21 and seriously injured as many as 50 on March 2, 1854, at the Fales and Gray railroad-car factory near Dutch Point?


Here’s some news that got lost in the holiday hub-bub. *** The Hartford Courant reported that the 160-year-old Lewtan Building on High Street, just off Bushnell Park, will join the many downtown buildings undergoing conversion into apartments. (This Google Maps Read more…


If you’ve got some last-minute holiday shopping to do and want to share the Hartford love, dash into Hartford Prints at 42 1/2 Pratt Street. You’ll find all kinds of Hartford-themed items, from calendars to Yard Goats and Whalers hats. Read more…


What key part of Hartford’s infrastructure is named after a man who grew up in the city and was killed in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor? The answer is here.

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