New Britain, Connecticut, is a city that almost didn't exist. In the mid-1750s, the settlers in this area separated from Kensington and founded the parish of New Britain with the establishment of the First Church. It was 1850 before parishioners incorporated as a town. Within twenty years, the town flourished and New Britain applied for and received a city charter. The people of New Britain then voted to incorporate as a city, but the historic motion passed only by the narrow margin of one vote! In this fascinating visual history, city historian Arlene C. Palmer examines the 125-year history of the “Hardware City,” through rare photographs highlighting workplaces, treasured clubs and societies, favorite forms of entertainment, places of worship, and men and women who have boldly served their city and country. The cultural diversity and rich heritage of the city's families are also evident in the book's vivid pictures and informative text.
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The vintage images presented here are drawn from the archives of the Local History Room of the New Britain Public Library and from private collections. They recapture the spirit of a city that has survived major physical changes. New Britain Volume II provides a memorable and informative glimpse at a multiethnic New England city that has endured for 125 years.