About the Author: Joseph Loconte, PhD,

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an expert on religious freedom, faith and American foreign policy, and international human rights. In 2008, he was a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. From 1999-2006, he held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He […]

Houses of Worship

By Joseph Loconte       The passion of American ministers for political freedom in 1776 reflected their belief in religious toleration. On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, at a church in Woodstock, Va., Rev. Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg brought his Sermon to a dramatic and unexpected crescendo. His text was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. “The […]

Frank and Lou

Lucille Latanzio and Frank Casale:  “Frank and Lou”by Elizabeth Abbe (Click photos to enlarge.) This is a recollection by Elizabeth Abbe, of her neighbors who lived on Stillman Road in Wethersfield from 1936 to 1975 with historical context provided by Jim Meehan. In 1900 the population of Wethersfield was 2,637.  By 1940 it had increased […]

Hangdog Lane and Folly Brook Boulevard

by Jim Meehan Even though my wife Marsha and I do not live there, Hangdog Lane has long been my favorite street in our hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut — not because of its location, or its appearance, or anything even remotely contemporary. It is totally the name – the kind of label that shouts out […]