See the State Historian historyifying his way across the state in LIVING COLOR!  It's the next best thing to BEING THERE!  In stereo where available.

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December 1, 2014

Hidden History: Why are we called "The Constitution State?"

What’s in a name? The Nutmeg State, The Land of Steady Habits, and The Constitution State are all monikers of our fine state. But the latter is one with a history of its own. Photojournalist Mike Townsend takes a look at the ties between the Constitution State, and the Fundamental Orders in this brief edition of FoxCT's Hidden History. (Total Running Time: 1:59)

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June 26, 2014

Updates on Old Newgate Prison

State rep. Tami Zawistowski, State Historian Walter Woodward, and State Historic Preservation Officer Dan Forrest talk about the history of Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine, and provide a status report on the restoration of the treasured East Granby tourist attraction. (Total Running Time: 26:56)

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January 23, 2014

Hidden History: Connecticut's Long, Tragic History of Floods

In this brief news segment, part of FoxCT's Hidden History series, State Historian Walt Woodward and Rich Malley of the Connecticut Historical Society explain how the number of long rivers in Connecticut have left the state subject to major floods, and how they have affected state history. (Total Running Time: 2:43)

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January 19, 2014

"Connecticut in 1764: On the Threshold of the Next New World"

In this talk, part of the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of St Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan, State Historian Walt Woodward paints a thorough and fascinating portrait of life in the colony of Connecticut during a pivotal year in its history. From climate and demographics to society, politics, and religion, this talk will give you a new understanding of everyday life in Connecticut in 1764. 

After clicking the link, scroll down and click on 'Walt Woodward' to see the video of his talk. (Total running time: 43:35.)

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September 19, 2012

"Connecticut's Singing Historian:" Interview with Ann Nyberg

Everything you wanted to know about the Office of the State Historian and the current State Historian, Walter Woodward. In this interview with Connecticut news personality Ann Nyberg, he talks about his work at the University of Connecticut, explains how Connecticut came to be known as "The Constitution State," sheds light on his mysterious past, and even sings (yes, sings!) about what Connecticut means to him.  (Total running time: 27:38)

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May 22, 2012

Connecticut's Royal Charter of 1662: An Old State House Lunchtime Lecture & Discussion

Connecticut's Royal Charter of 1662 is arguably the most important document in Connecticut's history.  On the occasion of its 350th anniversary, State Historian Walter Woodward talks about why it played such a significant role in the state's past and continues to resonate in the present.

Professor Woodward is joined by attorney Wesley Horton and former congressman and University of New Haven President Emeritus Larry DeNardis, for a lively panel discussion moderated by Diane Smith of CTN. Part of the Connecticut Old State House Lunchtime Lecture & Discussion series. (Total running time: 1:12:00)

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February 21, 2012 

The Medical Practice of John Winthrop, Jr., and the Nature of Healing in 17th Century Connecticut

John Winthrop, Jr. was the most sought-after physician in colonial America.  Requests for his medical advice and treatment came from as far away as Europe and the West Indies. His medical alchemy provided a unique kind of healing, one that presages the modern pharmaceutical industry. In this illustrated lecture, Walt Woodward talks about what it was like to be ill in colonial America and how early Connecticans found healing.

Part of the Robert U. Massey/Hartford Medical Society History of Medicine Lecture Series at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT. (Total running time: 1:08:00)

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August 7, 2010

The Capture and Execution of Nathan Hale

In 1776, Revolutionary War soldier Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy in New York City by the British General William Howe. He was twenty-one at the time. Born in Coventry, Connecticut, the state declared him its “State Hero” in 1985. The state historian explored contradictory accounts of Hale’s capture and execution. 

This was the keynote address of the Nathan Hale Symposium held by Connecticut Landmarks to explore new research into the life and times of Nathan Hale. The event was held on Saturday, August 7, 2010, in the First Congregational Church of Coventry. (Total running time: 31:18)