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Eli Terry, Connecticut Clock Maker

Eli Terry masterminded many of the time pieces that exist today, and in the process he helped ignite America’s industrial revolution. His legacy can likely be seen in clocks on the walls of your home, office, school or workplace. Some ...

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Six Historic Downtown Department Stores

People used to dress up when they took the train into the city to visit downtown department stores, plastic charge cards in hand. They often stayed for the day, patronizing nearby theaters, banks, restaurants and other stores, maybe Kresge's or ...

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The Mickey Mouse Watch Is Born in Connecticut

The Mickey Mouse watch put thousands of people to work in Waterbury, Conn., during the depths of the Great Depression. The employment boomlet resulted from the reluctant marriage of the Disney Company to a floundering clock company. Walt Disney himself ...

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Connecticut’s Uncanny Ezra Warner

Connecticut’s Uncanny Ezra Warner

If not for Connecticut’s Ezra Warner, cooks might still be fumbling for a rock and a bayonet to get their dinners; while the original inventors of canning processes thought a lot about how to keep food safe and fresh in ...

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Pass the Tourtiere, C’est Le Reveillon!

For many, many years, le reveillon was the way Franco-Americans ushered in New Year’s Day in New England’s Little Canadas.   The reveillon is a long, late dinner preceding a holiday.  Tourtiere is central to the meal. The celebrated meat pie, ...

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How Portuguese Immigrants Came to New England

In 1915, four Madeiran men organized a feast at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Bedford, Mass., to celebrate the safe arrival of Portuguese immigrants after a stormy journey. The festival mimicked the traditional religious feast observed in ...

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