| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The Puritans just didn't have much fun.
Until late in the 18th century, there wasn't much in the way of public entertainment for The Hartford Courant to cover, and certainly nothing in the way of theater.
Oh, there was the time just before the...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Except for the people in the portraits, nobody is a more constant figure in a museum than the guards — and nobody knows more about the day-to-day functioning of a museum. We’ve all wondered what they think about, whether their legs or back...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Creative people — from actors to musicians, and poets to painters — are coming to Hartford. What draws them here? What do they need to flourish? We asked four Hartford residents active in the city arts scene to contribute their thoughts. Three...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:00 PM
In 1990, a local Hartford bank reassured city leaders that plans for an office tower at the corner of Main and Asylum streets were real and the 45-story edifice would be built.
Just one thing stood in the way: the 78-year-old Hartford-Aetna Building, the...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:13 PM
In 1794, the Connecticut Courant's 30th year of publication, there appeared in the paper an advertisement for two stage comedies — "Child of Nature" and "Love Alamode" — being performed by the Old American Company. Doors would open at 6 p.m.,...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 4:05 AM
In its early days, many would have doubted that the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art would still be around in 2014. Old Lyme artist Henry White (1861-1952) painted a sorrowful picture of the museum he visited as a boy: "The picture gallery was a...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:04 PM
The Courant, in celebrating its 250th anniversary year, is looking this month at arts and culture in the state's history. Connecticut has long celebrated the arts, with the nation's oldest public art museum among other claims to leadership.
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:56 AM
The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed $360,000 to 15 Connecticut cultural organizations in the latest round of grant-giving.
Those receiving a happy holiday are: Waterford’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for development of new plays...
| May 8, 2011
| 5:27 AM
After nearly a quarter century in deep crimson, the nearly 100-year-old walls of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's most recognized space, Morgan Great Hall, are gray. The shade is closer in hue to what they were when the hall was dedicated by J. Pierpont...
| May 14, 2011
| 6:47 PM
In May 1861, Samuel Colt was Hartford's richest, most famous citizen.
A charismatic, driven entrepreneur, Colt possessed inventive genius, boundless imagination and unsurpassed marketing prowess. He had built an internationally renowned business centered...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Want to put your two cents in about the Connecticut Office of the Arts, formerly the state’s Commission on Culture and Tourism — but down-classified when it became part of the Department of Economic and Community Development?
The COA will...