2019 was a remarkable year for the Office of the State Historian, and 2020 could be just as good, or even better.
During 2019, people visited our Today in Connecticut History website, which we produce in partnership with CThumanities, more than 325,000 times. Several hundred thousand more viewers read our entries on social media. Website subscribers read over 100,000 of our daily Today in Connecticut History emails, and our radio stories on WNPR gained more than three million exposures. Best of all, you’ve told us over and over again how much you enjoy our Today in Connecticut History stories, and we couldn’t be more pleased – or more grateful.
In 2020, we’ll be adding new and engaging ways to help you learn about our state’s past, while winning prizes in the present. Stay tuned for details.
Early in 2020, our Connecticut history podcast Grating the Nutmeg, which we produce with Connecticut Explored magazine, will receive its 50,000th download. Later this year, Grating the Nutmeg will reach its 100th episode. Both milestones are worth celebrating, and we hope you will join us in doing so. This calls for a party! Stand by for details.
In spring, Walt Woodward and the Band of Steady Habits will release their first album of history music. Great River is scheduled for a release party at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex in Early April. Bring your dancing shoes.
Most exciting, perhaps, is the release of Walt Woodward’s new book Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments that Shaped a Great State. He’ll be spending much of the year traveling the state introducing people to these fascinating stories of Connecticans who made a difference, when that difference really counted. We hope to see you at one of the book events.
The innovative programs of the State Historian’s office are made possible in part through the support and hard work of our partners (CT Humanities for Today in Connecticut History and Connecticut Explored magazine for Grating the Nutmeg).
We are especially grateful for the generous support of the Sue B. Hart Foundation, which has made so much of this work possible.
- 89. Why Teaching African American History in Connecticut Matters February 15, 2020CT Explored publisher Elizabeth Normen sits down with Dr. Benjamin Foster and Connecticut State Representative Bobby Gibson to talk about their efforts to pass legislation requiring teaching African American history in Connecticut, their vision for the curriculum, and why it matters. “When kids started to say math is for whites,” Foster, a longtime educator […]
- 88. Educated For Freedom February 1, 2020Anna Mae Duane has written an amazing new book about James McCune Smith and Henry Garnet, two African American boys who met as young students at the New York African Free School on Mulberry street. Their intertwined, but very different lives of antebellum antislavery activism helped define the possibilities for blacks in American Society. State […]