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Connecticut has played a uniquely important role in the creation of United States culture. Because we were one of the first colonies, and because we sent so many sons and daughters to be the seed stock of other states, Connecticut’s story is truly, and deeply, the American story in every way. As Connecticut’s State Historian, I am honored to play a part in keeping our past alive and vital. I hope that on this website you will find new ways to both enjoy and support history throughout our remarkable and remarkably historic state.

We are especially grateful for  the generous support of the Sue B. Hart Foundation, which has made so much of this work possible.


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  • 130. Whatever Happened to Nick Bellantoni? November 15, 2021
    Recently, Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward announced he will be retiring next July 1st. To find out what "historical"  retirement is like, Woodward sat down with Nick Bellantoni, who retired as state archaeologist in 2014, and is now Connecticut's state archaeologist emeritus. The resulting conversation was a fascinating discussion of archaeological sites in Connecticut, Nick's […]
  • 129. Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America October 31, 2021
    What more do we need to know about Sam Colt? In Hartford we have the iconic blue-domed Colt Armory, Colt Park, the Colt addition to the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Church of the Good Shepard and Colt’s home Armsmear. But it turns out that we may not have known much about Colt’s life before he became […]