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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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  • 126. The Three Lives of Kevin Johnson September 15, 2021
    History has often been described as the present having a conversation with the past. Meet Kevin Johnson, who makes those conversations both real and personal: as a Technical Assistant in the History and Genealogy unit of the Connecticut State Library in Hartford; as William Webb, a Civil War volunteer in the 29th Connecticut Colored Volunteer […]
  • 125. Precious Memories Captured in Hair September 1, 2021
    In this episode, join Mary Donohue, Asst. Publisher of Connecticut Explored, for a discussion with Dr. Helen Sheumaker about Victorian jewelry and wreaths made from human hair. Dr. Sheumaker is the author of Love Entwined: The Curious History of Human Hair Work.  She teaches history and American Studies at Miami University of Ohio. Find out more about this […]