Friday Fun: Newgate?

Newgate Prison, in East Granby, Connecticut, began as a copper mine in the 1700s. It became a prison during the Revolutionary War, and continued in that capacity until 1827. In 1976 Newgate became a National Historic Landmark,  and remains a very popular museum in the state.

Perhaps you can imagine my surprise when I found the following entry in the autograph album I was cataloging:

Autograph album, 1860, Ms 65539. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

The owner of the album is unknown, though it appears she was a student at the Hartford Female Seminary. Many of her classmates signed the book, as did Hartford resident and activist Lydia Huntley Sigourney.

What do you think this was about?? Send us your ideas. Maybe we can even scare up a prize for the best answer! Enter via the comments section below, Facebook, or Twitter by 9AM Monday, March 14. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

You are welcome to come view the album, any of our manuscripts relating to Newgate Prison, Hartford Female Seminary, Lydia Sigourney, or any other Connecticut history subject. More information about visiting and researching is available on our website.

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