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Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life

In Fall of 2014, the editorship of Common-place moved to the University of Connecticut, with Professors Walt Woodward (History) and Anna Mae Duane (English/American Studies) serving as Co-Editors of the interdisciplinary journal. Check out the newest issue by clicking the icon below, or click here to read the December press release from UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



As Connecticut’s State Historian, Walt Woodward is regularly interviewed and consulted as an expert on historical matters for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Hartford Courant, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, US News & World Report, and more. Below you can find a small sampling of the State Historian in popular print.


Where Was the First Woman Condemned For Witchcraft? Not In Salem
The New York Times

As Halloween approaches, crowds will head to Salem, Mass., the longtime epicenter of witch-related tourism. But few will visit Connecticut, where practicing witchcraft became a crime punishable by death in 1642, decades before it was outlawed in Salem.


Connecticut’s hardship after the Revolution provides lessons for today
The CT Mirror

When Connecticut joined with 12 other colonies in declaring independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, little did it know that it would emerge from the Revolutionary War facing an unprecedented structural economic crisis that would threaten the state’s fiscal future. How Connecticut emerged from that crisis can serve as lesson for the structural economic challenges the state faces today, says Walter Woodward, the state historian. Woodward sat down with the CT Mirror to talk about Connecticut’s challenges then and now.


Lyman Orchards Celebrates 275 Years of Operation and Family History
The Hartford Courant

Lyman Orchards, dating from 1741, is the 12th oldest family run business still in operation in the United States. Nearly one hundred people turned out to commemorate the Lyman family’s place in town and state history as Lyman Orchards celebrates its 275th year. State Historian Walter Woodward spoke at the celebratory event to relay the family’s history.


When Forests Covered the Connecticut Landscape: A Look at Woodward Hill Farm
The Hartford Courant

In 1600, what was to become Connecticut was essentially nothing but trees. Once European settlers arrived, in the first decades of the 17th century, landscape changes became far more dramatic, as early settlers cleared land for their farms — but now, in the 21st century, Connecticut is experiencing a woodland resurgence. The state’s dynamic environmental and economic changes can be seen through the history of the Woodward family farm in Columbia, CT.


CTExplored-Winter1213-coverConnecticut Explored: “From the State Historian”

Walt Woodward is a regular contributor to Connecticut Explored, Connecticut’s premier public history magazine. His column, “From the State Historian,” appears in every issue, and touches upon all sorts of historical subjects, from immigration and maps to Civil War generals and historic homes.




AMST1700 class picConnecticut River at Heart of Honors Course
UConn Today

UConn’s online magazine takes a look at the first Honors course to be taught at the University’s Greater Hartford Campus: “American Landscapes: The Connecticut River Valley,” taught by State Historian and Associate Professor of History Walter Woodward.


WSJ-LogoWhat ‘Lincoln’ Gets Right — And Wrong — About Connecticut
The Wall Street Journal

State Historian Walter Woodward weighs in on the controversy surrounding the portrayal of Connecticut legislators in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster biopic ‘Lincoln.’




I’d like to interview the State Historian for an article.
What should I do?

Interested in contacting Walt Woodward for an interview or media appearance? Contact the Office of the State Historian. For phone or email interviews, please have a specific topic and a list of questions on hand before calling or emailing. If you’re interested in having the State Historian present a history talk or musical performance for your organization, please visit the Talks page.

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