Hidden History of Connecticut

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Connecticut’s history is full of engaging and fascinating stories—rocks that are national monuments, the “people’s sculptor,” football players on chapel finials, moons on the Travelers calendars, artists Frederic Church and Eric Sloane and even a Thanksgiving Day touch football game with a future president. These are tales from Greenwich to Enfield, from Sharon to Old Lyme and so much in between. Follow along with historian Wilson Faude in this “must-have” Connecticut book as he traverses the state in search of ...
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Connecticut’s history is full of engaging and fascinating stories—rocks that are national monuments, the “people’s sculptor,” football players on chapel finials, moons on the Travelers calendars, artists Frederic Church and Eric Sloane and even a Thanksgiving Day touch football game with a future president. These are tales from Greenwich to Enfield, from Sharon to Old Lyme and so much in between. Follow along with historian Wilson Faude in this “must-have” Connecticut book as he traverses the state in search of hidden history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596293199
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/22/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,396,036
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lifelong “nutmegger,” Wilson H. Faude has been the curator of the Mark Twain House and executive director of the Old State House and currently serves as the archivist for the City of Hartford. For twelve years, he was the chairman of the Connecticut Historical Commission. He has written numerous articles and books on Hartford and Connecticut. He has a BA from Hobart College and an MA from Trinity College. He has been honored as the Civitan Man of the Year, as a Distinguished Advocate for the Arts in the state of Connecticut and as a Cow Parade artist; he has also been honored with the Thomas Hooker award for community service. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

The Great Seal of Connecticut: Which Way the Grapes? 9

Colt Park: The Park that Almost Wasn't 12

A Love Story 15

Take a Pew 20

He Saved the Constitution 24

A One-time Promotion: The Travelers Calendar 29

A Farmington Christmas 32

The Ultimate Gift for Mom 36

Frederic Church 39

A Museum for Nature, History and Art in Greenwich 43

Connecticut Rocks 46

New Britain Museum of American Art 50

Christmas on Main Street 54

When to Celebrate the Founding of Connecticut 58

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Christmas 62

Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven 65

Without Hartford, No President's Day 68

The Truth about the Charter Oak 72

Douglas Orr, Architect 77

The Quintessential New England Church 83

Shakespeare in Stratford 85

The Arts of Old Lyme 90

Meriden in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 94

Enfield's Indelible Mark on the Shakers 97

Bridgeport's Barnum 101

Eric Sloane's Museum 105

Where it Began: Woodbury 110

John Rogers: "The People's Sculptor" 113

Who's Talking on Talking Books 117

Pomp, Pageantry and a Boar's Head 120

The Sharon Statement and Thanksgiving Football 123

About the Author 127

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