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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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  • 134. "Another Name for Happiness:" The Life of Ann Plato January 15, 2022
    In this episode, Connecticut Historical Society’s Natalie Belanger, frequent contributor to Grating the Nutmeg, talks with Antoinette Brim Bell, Professor of English at Capital Community College, about Ann Plato, one of the first Black women to publish a book in the United States. Ann Plato is part of Capitol Community College’s NEH-funded Hartford Heritage Project […]
  • 133. P.T. Barnum Builds a City January 8, 2022
    Is there a sucker born every minute? I don’t have the answer to that but it is attributed to one of Connecticut’s most famous residents, circus showman P. T. Barnum. Did he really say it-no one knows for sure but we do know that he made and lost several fortunes, helped to create the American […]