The "Conference State"

By Ann Harrison and Mary Donohue (c) Connecticut Explored. Introduction and link provided with permission of Connecticut Explored. The following excerpt is from the article published in the Autumn 2005 issue of Hog River Journal (now called Connecticut Explored).  Here is the link to the entire article. Call it what you will: an alliance, a […]

Twentieth-Century Wethersfield

Twentieth-Century Wethersfield By Lois M. Wieder       This article is from a monograph on the history of First Church of Christ, Wethersfield and was written in 1985.  The full monograph is available at the Wethersfield Historical Society. (Click photos to enlarge)     Marked by periods of rapid growth and change, the twentieth century has been […]

About the Author: Elizabeth Abbe

Elizabeth Abbe is the Director of Public Outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society. Growing up, her family lived on Stillman Road in Wethersfield and she went to Charles Wright grammar school and Silas Dean middle school before moving to Glastonbury. Elizabeth graduated from Wells College and then received a Masters in Library Science at Simmons. […]

About the Author: Abbie B. Dunn

Abbie Bodfish Dunn (October 4, 1913 – February 8, 2004) was born in Hyannis, MA and educated at Hyannis State Teachers College (BA) and the University of Hartford (MA).  She was married to Herbert F. Dunn, a photographer, and taught school in Hyannis and Rocky Hill, CT.   Abbie was an active member of the […]

They Even Survived Rocks on the Track

By Abbie B. Dunn This article is posted with the permission of The Wethersfield Post where it was previously published.     One hundred years ago “rapid transit” meant the horse railway.  Wethersfield was the first town adjacent to Hartford to have this service.  Before that, the Red Bird Stage which was operated by the Standish […]

"The Woman Came To Do Laundry…" Full Text

 “The Woman Came To Do Laundry…”:Depression-Era Domestic Servants in Greater Hartford, Connecticutby Melissa Josefiak       “Had woman for cleaning and laundry…she wasn’t much good,” writes housewife Ida Robbins in her diary, October 15, 1931.1  Matter-of-fact, detached and impersonal towards her domestic servant, Robbins’ tone reveals the thoughts of the lady of the house.  The “woman” […]

"The Woman Came To Do Laundry…"

“The Woman Came To Do Laundry…”: Depression-Era Domestic Servants in Greater Hartford, Connecticut by Melissa Josefiak.  “Had woman for cleaning and laundry…she wasn’t much good,” writes housewife Ida Robbins in her diary, October 15, 1931.1  Matter-of-fact, detached and impersonal towards her domestic servant, Robbins’ tone reveals the thoughts of the lady of the house.  The […]

About the Author: Larry Lock

I am a retired history and government teacher (Kewanee High School).  I retired in 2000 after 35 years of teaching.  My wife and our live in the Wethersfield portion of Kewanee and our daughter attended Wethersfield school district schools, graduating in 1992 from Wethersfield High School. It is a strange situation here.  Even though the municipality […]

The Founding of Wethersfield Illinois in 1836

by Larry Lock – Kewanee Historical Society kewaneehistory.com The founding of Kewanee [Illinois] in 1854 at its present location is the result of two separate developments: the establishment of the colony of Wethersfield [Illinois] and the building of a railroad–and the failure of those two to come together.  (Please click on the map to see […]

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 […]