| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Mark Twain nailed the description of a Connecticut Yankee innovator.
The year was 1889, less than a decade after Twain handed in perhaps the first book manuscript written on a typewriter. Hartford was, in the words of historian William Hosley, "The...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 9:10 AM
In the early 19th century, the brothers Cheney – Ward, Charles, Ralph, Rush, Frank, John and Seth – invested their time and money in a Manchester silk mill that would eventually take the family name.
Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing,...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 5:30 AM
People who participate in Open Studio Hartford on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, can spend all weekend all over Hartford looking at thousands of works of art by creative talents who live and work in the city. Those who make Chet and John...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 12:56 PM
In the Colonial era, Connecticut had a rare political privilege. Unlike most of the 13 colonies at the time, its citizens had the right to elect their own governor, rather than being ruled by a royal governor chosen by the British king, or one appointed...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:55 AM
"There is perhaps no subject, unless it is religion, on which the opinions of men have more widely differed, than on that of theatrical exhibitions," began an article in The Courant in 1795.
The author of that unidentified piece sure got that right...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 1:58 PM
The Courant's news library is a fascinating place, full of musty old folders containing old clippings and photos. Archiving articles and images went digital in the 1990s. So, hardly anyone even goes into the library anymore, much less comes out saying:...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 1:41 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Wesleyan University is sponsoring an archaeology fair Saturday, inviting people to learn about archaeological projects and research in Connecticut and the Northeast.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Exley Science...
| Oct 2, 2014
The history and development of the city of Hartford has so many facets it could inspire hundreds of museum exhibits. Three that are opening on Friday at Connecticut Historical Society focus on three aspects of the city: its postwar development boom, the...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 6:01 PM
HARTFORD — Turns out it was not easy hauling The Courant's early 19th-century wooden printing press, perhaps one of the heavier relics of American journalism, from the newspaper's Broad Street building to the Connecticut Historical Society....
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:40 PM
HARTFORD - A $4 million grant to the Connecticut Science Center and another $2.2 million for the Mark Twain House & Museum head up an impressive list of state funding proposals for cultural institutions that are expected to win approval Friday.
| Sep 24, 2014
There was a time when being "fashion-forward" was no easy feat, when clothing was not mass-produced like it is today, when there were no paper patterns to speak of, and when sewing machines were not invented yet. In the early 1800s, there were no...