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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 from 2004 to 2022, I was honored to play a part in keeping our past alive and vital.  In retirement, and as state historian emeritus, I hope to continue, in a more relaxed and personal way, sharing my love and appreciation for this wonderful state and its history.

I am especially grateful for  the generous support of the Sue B. Hart Foundation, which has made so much of my work possible.


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  • 150. Common Struggle, Individual Experience: How Can Museums Talk About Mental Health? (CTE Game Changer Series) September 15, 2022
    The Connecticut Historical Society's current special exhibition explores how society has sought and continues to seek care for the mind and mental health. Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health(Presented by Hartford HealthCare Institute of Living) uses letters, photographs, and other artifacts to highlight the experiences of Connecticans from the past. Oral history interviews, […]
  • 149. New London and the Middle Passage (CTE Game Changer Series) August 30, 2022
    The Speedwell arrived in New London on July 17, 1761, after a journey of several months from Western Africa to the Americas. The boat departed with 95 enslaved persons. Only 74 survived the journey. The captain of the Speedwell, Timothy Miller, sailed up the Connecticut River to Middletown after a few days in New London. […]