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Celebrating America

July 4, 2013 · Collections ·

For over 230 years, Americans have been celebrating the birth of America.  Although our celebrations of America generally culminate on the fourth of July, have you ever stopped to think of the ways we might celebrate America every day of the year?  Let me give you a few historical examples of how people in the…
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Ringing in the New Year (in Connecticut)

December 30, 2013 · Collections ·

Another productive year has almost come to a close, and a New Year will soon commence. At midnight tomorrow, many of us will pop the champagne cork as we ring in 2014, and reflect on our accomplishments from this past year.

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The first documented mass murder-suicide in North America? Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1782

August 11, 2015 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

By Barbara Austen What goes through the minds of those who murder groups of people, often our youngest and most vulnerable, for no apparent reason? While these horrible actions continue to haunt our nation, they are not new in our history. Did you know that the first documented mass murder-suicide in North America occurred in…
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This sign from a 1840s Connecticut tavern (believed to be in either Plainfield or Colchester) left little doubt that alcohol was not on the menu. CHS 1961.63.47

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: For Sale in Connecticut

April 9, 2016 · ·

Come see our tavern signs, want ads, bumper stickers and give-away toys, and see if you would have been able to resist marketing in the days before Madison Avenue. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

This sign from a 1840s Connecticut tavern (believed to be in either Plainfield or Colchester) left little doubt that alcohol was not on the menu. CHS 1961.63.47

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: For Sale in Connecticut

Come see our tavern signs, want ads, bumper stickers and give-away toys, and see if you would have been able to resist marketing in the days before Madison Avenue. Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

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