Got five minutes? That’s all you need to read a new and unique story about Connecticut History!
For more than a decade, Walt Woodward wrote the “From the State Historian” column in Connecticut Explored, a quarterly, non-profit glossy magazine that explores the state’s cultural heritage through intriguing images and compelling stories. These columns kick off each issue with a short story that contextualizes some of our state’s most famous people and symbols, or highlights some little-known facet about Connecticut history. At a glance, it’s easy to see the incredible variety of fascinating topics tied to the history of Connecticut — there’s no denying that our small state has made a huge national impact over the past centuries!
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Below is a sampling of some of Walt’s favorite columns. You can browse an expanded archive of State Historian Columns on Connecticut Explored’s website.
- Connecticut’s Most Enduring Brand
A brief history of the state seal and its nearly four-century old-slogan “Qui Transtulit Sustinet.”
- A Pint-Sized View of War
A picture of children signing a bomb at Bradley Field during World War II strikingly reminds us that not too long ago Connecticans thought very differently about war, and children.
- Immigrants All
It’s never good to forget where you came from, especially since all of us Connecticans originally came from somewhere else.
- Nutmeg Adds Spice — But Is It Nice?
Of all Connecticut’s Nicknames (and there are many), fit’s hard to find one more unusual, long-lasting, and less flattering than “The Nutmeg State.”
- Connecticut: America’s First Research Laboratory
From the beginning, even before it was a state, Connecticut was a place of scientific research and innovation and a magnet for both talent and ideas.
- Sweet Democracy: The History of the Connecticut Election Cake
Now, when elections often leave so many with a bad taste in their mouths, may be just the right moment to bring back the Connecticut Election Cake.
- What’s a Puritan, and Why Didn’t They Stay in Massachusetts?
It’s time to clear up some stubborn misconceptions about the men and women who founded the Colony of Connecticut.
- Discovering the Explorer Hiram Bingham
From the State Capitol to Yale to Machu Picchu, perhaps no Connectican has made a more lasting—or more controversial—impression than Hiram Bingham III.