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12:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Cool Summer Cottons: Early 20th Century Lingerie Dresses

Dress, about 1910. This lingerie dress has everything from lace insertions and pin-tucks on the skirt, to embroidery and crochet flowers on the bodice. The Connecticut Historical Society, Gift of Helen D. Perkins, 1984.94.38.
Connecticut Historical Society

“The lingerie dress is one of the most vitally important items of the summer outfit” states the April 1909 edition of Harper’s Bazaar. The popularity of lingerie dresses swept western fashion between 1900 and 1920. These dresses were thin, summer-weight dresses of thin cotton, linen, and silk. Lingerie dresses were often made up in white or very light-colored fabric and were embellished with embroidery, cutwork, lace, pin tucks, and even crochet flowers. White and light-colored slips were worn under the dresses and would show through in certain areas.

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History
12:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Cool Summer Cottons

“The lingerie dress is one of the most vitally important items of the summer outfit” states the April 1909 edition of Harper’s Bazaar.  The popularity of lingerie dresses swept western fashion between 1900 and 1920.  These dresses were thin, summer-weight dresses of thin cotton, linen, and silk.  Lingerie dresses were often made up in white or very light-colored fabric and were embellished with embroidery, cutwork, lace, pin tucks, and even crochet flowers.  White and light-colored slips were worn under the dresses and would show through in certain areas.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Dude, That Nutmegger Was A Total Jerk ...

Benedict Arnold, classic Connecticut jerk.
Wikimedia Commons

I'm forever grateful -- and oddly disappointed -- that in the 24 hours during which we've been promoting today's show about the role of jerks in shaping the history and character of Connecticut, not one person has asked me whether I'm going to be a guest. I feel as though my reputation as a Connecticut jerk is kind of bleaching out in the hot sun of passing time.

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News
12:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Archaeological Site In CT Yields Rare Snapshot Into Early Jewish Life In America

UConn Chesterfield Field School

When you think of early Jewish life in America, you usually think of immigrants who settled in urban centers like the Lower East Side of New York and in Baltimore. But archaeologists and historians are abuzz about recent findings at an excavation site in rural Connecticut.

Old Chesterfield is home to the remains of a 19th century Jewish farming community. There is a synagogue and, surprisingly, a ritual bath called a 'mikveh', which is rarely seen outside of cities.

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Religious History
12:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Archaeological Site In CT Yields Rare Snapshot Into Early Jewish Life In America

UConn Chesterfield Field School

When you think of early Jewish life in America, you usually think of immigrants who settled in urban centers like the Lower East Side of New York and in Baltimore. But archeologists and historians are abuzz about recent findings at an excavation site in rural Connecticut.

Old Chesterfield is home to the remains of a 19th century Jewish farming community. There is a synagogue and, surprisingly, a ritual bath called a 'mikveh', which is rarely seen outside of cities.

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History
3:40 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Beatrice Fox Auerbach

July 7th marks the birthday of one of Hartford’s most remarkable leaders whose dedication to her company, her employees and the city are still felt today… Beatrice Fox Auerbach.   

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History
3:40 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Beatrice Fox Auerbach

July 7th  marks the birthday of one of Hartford’s most remarkable leaders whose dedication to her company, her employees and the city are still felt today… Beatrice Fox Auerbach.   

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History
4:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How Many of Those Brave Men Were Launched into Eternity

Private Loren Goodrich was at a camp in Western Maryland when he wrote home to family and friends.  He and his comrades in the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry had just been in a major battle in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. That battle was fought 150 years ago, from July 1-3, 1863. The 14th was one of five infantry regiments from Connecticut to take part. Of the 1300 Nutmeggers at Gettysburg, sixty-nine were killed and 291 were wounded, captured or missing.

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History
4:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

How Many of Those Brave Men Were Launched into Eternity

Private Loren Goodrich was at a camp in Western Maryland when he wrote home to family and friends.  He and his comrades in the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry had just been in a major battle in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. That battle was fought 150 years ago, from July 1-3, 1863. The 14th was one of five infantry regiments from Connecticut to take part. Of the 1300 Nutmeggers at Gettysburg, sixty-nine were killed and 291 were wounded, captured or missing.

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Where We Live
11:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

We're Going Back to 1996

MICKJ23Q on Flickr Creative Commons

Even if they’re not crawling all over your neighborhood as we feared, the cicadas have returned!

There’s a lot of buzz around the millions of cicadas swarming along the East coast this summer, the eggs of a brood last seen 17 years ago.

And they have us thinking about the the last time they were here. 

It was 1996 and the world was a different place.

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History
2:22 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Postcards from the Past

If you grew up in New England, there’s a good chance you have at least one memory of visiting a beach on a hot summer day. Whether you prefer a day of excitement and thrills on amusement park rides or a relaxing lounging session in the sun, you can usually find a New England beach that suits you. If you like a little of both, New London’s Ocean Beach could be the place for you.

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History
2:22 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Postcards From the Past

If you grew up in New England, there’s a good chance you have at least one memory of visiting a beach on a hot summer day. Whether you prefer a day of excitement and thrills on amusement park rides or a relaxing lounging session in the sun, you can usually find a New England beach that suits you. If you like a little of both, New London’s Ocean Beach could be the place for you.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rick Perry Wants YOU To Move To Texas

Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Credit markn3tel, Flickr Creative Commons

Texas Governor Rick Perry is here in Connecticut trying to lure businesses away with promises of low taxes and no regulation.
 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Authors of Moral Ground and Morning of Fire

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Authors of Moral Ground and Morning of Fire

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:02 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Round About the Earth

Horia Varlan/flickr creative commons

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:02 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Round About the Earth

Horia Varlan/flickr creative commons

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

A. M. Homes, Jeanne Marie Laskas, and a Look at Long Island Modernism

Marcin Wichary/flickr creative commons

Caroline Rob Zaleski’s research on the work of key figures in twentieth-century architecture, the relatively unknown aspects of their production, and their associations with clients, artists, and politicians chronicles a rich and little-known array of architecture on Long Island, a hotbed of modernism from the 1930s on. Zaleski documents the development of exurbia and the rise of visionary structures: residences for commuters and weekenders, public housing, houses of worship, universities, shopping centers, and office complexes, and she is our guest.

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History
3:09 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Another Way to Cross

June 14, 2013 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the “Swing Bridge” across the Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut.   While most drawbridges have a section that moves up and down to accommodate river traffic, the East Haddam bridge has a section that swings open like a gate to allow vessels to pass through.

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History
3:09 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Another Way to Cross

June 14, 2013 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the “Swing Bridge” across the Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut.   While most drawbridges have a section that moves up and down to accommodate river traffic, the East Haddam bridge has a section that swings open like a gate to allow vessels to pass through.

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Wrong Brothers
5:40 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Legislature agrees on Whitehead, state polka, and second state song

State lawmakers passed a bill this week recognizing German immigrant Gustave Whitehead as the first to fly in rather than the celebrated Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk. It was one of just a few bills passed with bi-partisan support.

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History
4:22 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Getting There from Here

For many of today’s drivers, tools like Google Maps and GPS devices have made turn-by-turn directions a familiar—even essential—part of getting from point A to point B. But this isn’t a new idea and didn’t start in Silicon Valley. In the early days of the automobile, “route guides” included turn-by-turn directions compiled by amateur and professional “pathfinders.” In 1901, Charles Howard Gillette, a Hartford native, published the Official Automobile Blue Book.

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History
4:22 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Getting There From Here

For many of today’s drivers, tools like Google Maps and GPS devices have made turn-by-turn directions a familiar—even essential—part of getting from point A to point B. But this isn’t a new idea and didn’t start in Silicon Valley. In the early days of the automobile, “route guides” included turn-by-turn directions compiled by amateur and professional “pathfinders.” In 1901, Charles Howard Gillette, a Hartford native, published the Official Automobile Blue Book.

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News
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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History
3:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Free Consent of the People

“The foundation of authority is laid firstly in the free consent of people.” That principle lies at the heart of the representative system by which the United States has governed itself for more than two centuries.

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History
3:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Free Consent of the People

“The foundation of authority is laid firstly in the free consent of people.” That principle lies at the heart of the representative system by which the United States has governed itself for more than two centuries.

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Discovery
10:20 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Yale Researcher Identifies New Dinosaur Species

Nicholas Longrich

You can add another species to the horned dinosaur family.

The recently discovered Judiceratops tigris is the earliest known cousin of horned dinosaurs like the Triceratops and Torosaurus.

Fossils of this species were found in Montana's Judith River Formation, but they were identified by Yale researcher Nicholas Longrich.

The numerous horned dinosaurs show how rapidly they evolved.

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History
11:51 am
Fri May 24, 2013

THESE HONORED DEAD

Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War, as a way to honor those Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that conflict. A large collection of photographs of Connecticut Civil War soldiers in the Connecticut Historical Society’s collection recalls the origins of the holiday and displays the pride and determination of those men who were prepared to give their lives in the service of their country.  Over 5000 Connecticut soldiers died in service.  Over 2000 of them were killed in battle. Even those who survived the war are now among the long-dead.

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History
11:51 am
Fri May 24, 2013

These Honored Dead

Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War, as a way to honor those Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that conflict. A large collection of photographs of Connecticut Civil War soldiers in the Connecticut Historical Society’s collection recalls the origins of the holiday and displays the pride and determination of those men who were prepared to give their lives in the service of their country.  Over 5000 Connecticut soldiers died in service.  Over 2000 of them were killed in battle. Even those who survived the war are now among the long-dead.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:39 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Second-Time Blues: The Difficulties Of Doing It All Over Again

Chion Wolf

Once upon a time in a second term, a president used his power to go after journalists in Hartford. I could be talking about President Obama's justice department seizing AP phone records, including some from AP's Hartford office. But I could also be talking Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

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