Protected: From Runaway Slave to American Success: James L. Smith in Norwich

To what extent was the North a “land of opportunity” for people of color in the early 1800s?

Learn More


Indigenous Students and Connecticut’s Mission Schools

How can we achieve a better understanding of the past in the absence of primary sources that represent the full picture?

Learn More

Local Geography and King Philip’s War

What role does geography play in conflict?

Learn More

Geographies of Food: The Roles of Migration, Landscape, and Food Availability in the United States

How have geography and history shaped regional differences in foods in the United States?

Learn More

Making a Difference: Individuals in Connecticut History

What is the significance of Connecticut’s contribution to America’s story?

Learn More

Foodscapes of Connecticut

What geographical and historical factors affect the foodscapes of Connecticut?

Learn More

Mary Townsend Seymour: A Hartford Activist Fights for Equity

In what ways have communities of color advocated for equity?

Learn More



Paving the “Way”: Connecticut Women Artists in the Early Republic

In what ways were women’s professional options linked to their educational opportunities in the late 18th and early 19th centuries?

Learn More

Empowering Students’ “Civic Voices” in Local and State Government: Elementary

Why is it important that students use their “civic voices” in local and state government to produce positive change?

Learn More

Empowering Students’ “Civic Voices” in Local and State Government: Middle/High

Why is it important that students use their “civic voices” in local and state government to produce positive change?

Learn More

Indigenous Communities of Connecticut

Where did Native/Indigenous communities live in the past and where do they live in Connecticut today?

Learn More

Asian American History in the Civil War Era: Connecticut’s Connection to the Trade in Indentured Chinese Workers

How have American conceptions of freedom and equality changed throughout U.S. history for members of various racial, ethnic, religious, and gender minority groups?

Learn More


The Hartford Convention: An Act of Treason?

Was the Hartford Convention an act of treason?

Learn More

Locals Stand Strong: The Battle of Stonington in the War of 1812

What is the significance of a military victory in the face of overwhelming odds, both at the time of the event and when looking back on history?

Learn More

Words Change the World: Teaching About Racial Injustice Through the Work of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ta-Nehisi Coates

To what extent can fiction and non-fiction both help us learn, change, and adapt our understanding of an historic or contemporary moment?

Learn More

Learning by Looking: Reading a Post-Civil War Photograph

What can we learn from an anonymous historical photograph?

Learn More

Investigating Art: New London Through the Lens of a Painting

In what ways have Connecticut towns and cities changed and/or stayed the same over time?

Learn More

William Grimes – Seeking Freedom in Connecticut

How can we find out about people and places in the past?

Learn More

Late 1960s Civil Unrest in Connecticut’s Capital City

What conditions led to civil unrest in the 1960s?

Learn More

The Chinese Educational Mission and How Asian American Stories Reframe American History

How did participating in the Chinese Educational Mission influence both its students and America?

Learn More


Bilingual Education for Spanish Speakers in 1970s Hartford

How have communities advocated for fair and equal access to education in Connecticut?

Learn More

Historic Maps: Skill-Builder Activity

How can we use maps to learn about the past?

Learn More

Natural Disasters in Connecticut

What role does climate play in people’s lives?

Learn More

The Black Panthers and the May Day Rally in New Haven

How is the First Amendment used to advocate for justice in America?

Learn More


Post-World War II Puerto Rican Farm Labor Migration to Connecticut

How did Connecticut industries influence migration and immigration to the state and the development of new communities?

Learn More

The First Puerto Rican Day Parade in Hartford

Why is it important that groups can celebrate their cultural and ethnic backgrounds in America?

Learn More

Visions of Change: Colt and the Growth of Industrial Connecticut

What impact did industrialization have on people’s lives in the mid- to late-19th century?

Learn More

Life Along the Salmon Brook: A Connecticut Town in the Early Industrial Era

How did the Industrial Revolution change small towns in Connecticut/New England?

Learn More

Connecticut’s Ratification of the Constitution

How are decisions made about how a nation should be governed?

Learn More

Church & State in the “Land of Steady Habits”

Has there ever been complete separation of church and state in Connecticut?

Learn More

The Fundamental Orders: Rules and Laws for Early Colonial Connecticut

What is the best way to organize a government? How did laws and rules in the colonies both promote and hinder freedom and equality?

Learn More

Who Gets to Vote? History of Voting Rights in Connecticut and the United States

How have the American conceptions of freedom and equality changed over time?

Learn More

A Connecticut Lawyer Stands for Human Rights

To what extent is the international community responsible for the protection of human rights?

Learn More

Connecticut Heroes of World War I

What is the significance of Connecticut’s contribution to America’s story?

Learn More

“Women of Connecticut: Are You Helping?” The Reaction to Emergency Food Measures During World War I

Do government campaigns to promote “voluntary” patriotic efforts in a time of war strengthen or weaken American democracy?

Learn More

“Saved.” Theodate Pope and the Sinking of the Lusitania

To what extent has the United States succeeded in remaining neutral in times of war or global conflict?

Learn More

Connecticut Prepares for War, 1917

How does the role of government change in a time of war?

Learn More

Lovely St. School, Avon, 1912

Kids in Connecticut History: Image Analysis Skill-Builder

In what ways have the lives of children in Connecticut changed or stayed the same over time?

Learn More

Peach Pit Hogshead

Joining the War Effort, One Peach Pit at a Time

How does an entire society participate in war?

Learn More

Letter from Charles F. Coughlin to his mother, November 16, 1917

Over There: A Connecticut Soldier in France

How do you measure the cost of war?

Learn More

The Immigrant Experience During World War I: Enemy Aliens

How did the government effort to mobilize and monitor the Connecticut home front during World War I affect the immigrant experience and conceptions of national identity?

Learn More

Detail of the pamphlet American Ideals

Beware Thy Neighbor? German Americans in Connecticut during WWI

Has America always been a “Land of Opportunity” for immigrants?

Learn More

W. E. B. Dubois in the office of The Crisis

Black World War I Veterans Demand Civil Rights

How did World War I impact the struggle for civil rights in Connecticut and America?

Learn More


“Making Munitions is a Woman’s Job” During World War I

What impact did the women of Connecticut have on the Great War (WWI)?

Learn More


World War I Propaganda

What role does propaganda play in a time of war?

Learn More

The Amistad Incident and the Face of Slavery

What role did the Amistad incident play in the abolitionist movement in the United States?

Learn More

Hill-Stead workers and overseer Allen Cook, ca. 1913

Is That a Mastodon?! A Case Study in Civic Responsibility

To what extent are we, as citizens and communities, responsible for scientifically and/or historically significant finds on public property?

Learn More

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Connecticut

How did the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) impact Connecticut?

Learn More

On the Move: The Bicycle, Women, and Social Change in the 19th Century

To what extent are technology, fashion, and social reform interconnected?

Learn More

Suffragists

Connecticut Women and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

How have American concepts of freedom and equality changed since the 1870s? How might the changes be perceived differently by different segments of the population?

Learn More

1685 Dutch Map

Mapping the New World: Dutch Maps of the Colonies

How did the physical geography of New England affect how the colonies developed?

Learn More

Exploring Communities: Using Historic Maps to Learn about the Past

Why do our communities look the way they do today?

Learn More

African Americans in Progressive-Era CT: The Battle Over the Jack Johnson Fight film

What does the battle over the Johnson-Jeffries fight film tell us about the social position of African Americans in Progressive-Era Connecticut?

Learn More

Roots of Labor Unrest in Progressive-Era CT

What were the causes of the labor unrest that roiled Connecticut in the years between 1900 and World War I?

Learn More

Myron D. Webster Civil War Haversack

How does an entire society participate in war?

Learn More

The Pequot War

How does colonization affect indigenous people?

Learn More


Recruitment poster for George Washington’s Continental Army

To Join, or Not to Join, George Washington’s Army

Why do people enlist in the military?

Learn More

Accused: 17th-Century Witch Trials

What factors led to the 17th-century witchcraft trials in Connecticut?

Learn More

Connecticut Whaling and Maritime History

How have Connecticut’s maritime products and industries contributed to the history of America?

Learn More

Caleb Brewster & The Culper Ring

In what ways did “ordinary” Americans contribute to the American Revolution?

Learn More

Account Book of James Stewart’s General Store

How do we trade goods and services?

Learn More

The Black Law in Connecticut

What is social justice?

Learn More

Economic Development: Saugatuck’s Development Over Time

In what ways has one town—and Connecticut—changed and/or stayed the same over time?

Learn More

New London’s Role in American Independence

What was Connecticut’s role in the American Revolution?

Learn More

Kids at Sea in the 19th Century

How did maritime culture influence the people of Connecticut?

Learn More

George Washington’s Slave Census

What did the Founding Fathers really think about slavery?

Learn More

Charter Oak: A Symbol of Independence

How would you protect your freedoms?

Learn More

Venture Smith: From Slavery to Connecticut Businessman

How can a former slave prosper in a colony where slavery is legal?

Learn More

The Iron Industry of Northwest Connecticut

Would there have been a thriving iron industry in Connecticut without the geological and geographical advantages of the northwest corner?

Learn More

The Inventions of A. A. Hotchkiss And Sons

How did Sharon, Connecticut, manufacturers A. A. Hotchkiss and Sons contribute to major innovations in U.S. history?

Learn More

Nancy Toney

Abolition and African Americans in Connecticut

In what way did the abolition of slavery indicate progress, or decline, for the lives of African Americans?

Learn More

Hartford: Then and Now

In what ways has Hartford, Connecticut, changed and/or stayed the same over time?

Learn More