Category: History Blogs

An image of two working girls in frigid water up to their shoulders.

When the Temperature Hits 12 Degrees. . .

Arctic cold did not stop them. The 1920s were known as a decade of youth fads, including pole sitting and goldfish swallowing. Connecticut youth were not left behind. The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project is...

Influenza in Connecticut, 1918

  Lester H. Thompson, a Connecticut soldier from New Haven, lost his life shortly after arriving in France in 1918. His parents thought “he caught a cold on the transport” and that it later...

Connecticut Recognizes Labor Day

Check out the new online display of historic Labor Day souvenir ribbons and great clips from digitized historic Connecticut state newspapers! It can be found on the website of the Connecticut History Museum at...

A Slavonian Labor Day in Bridgeport, 1914

The range of events on Labor Day in Connecticut in 1914 included those special to the immigrants who made up a large percentage of the workforce.  In Bridgeport, hundreds of Slavonians gathered at Sokol...

Influenza Pandemic of 1918

2018 is the 100-year commemoration of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Matthew L. Cartter, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist & Director of Infectious Diseases at the Connecticut Department of Public Health, presented a version of...

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