About Us

Welcome to Connecticut Explored

We’re the magazine and podcast of Connecticut history!

Find our podcast at gratingthenutmeg.libsyn.com or CTExplored.org/Listen.

We are a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 and celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2022. We may be unique in the nation as a publication separate from our state historical society and state humanities council. That means your membership-subscription and gifts to Friends of Connecticut Explored keep us publishing! As a funded partner of CTHumanities, we work closely with the state’s arts, culture, historical, and preservation communities.

We publish educational resources for children, too. Visit our Teach page for more information.

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2023 Connecticut League of History Organizations Individual Award of Merit for Elizabeth Normen, Founding Publisher, Emeritus,

2023 Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit for Grating the Nutmeg

2020 Connecticut Center for the Book Finalist, “Spirit of Connecticut” category, for Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut

2017 Bruce Fraser Friend of the Social Studies Award, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, publisher Elizabeth J. Normen

2014 Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit for African American Connecticut Explored

2010 Award of Merit, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

2005 Wilbur Cross Award, Humanities Program of the Year, Connecticut Humanities Council

We partner with Connecticut’s premier history, arts, and educational organizations to bring you a great magazine—in print, online, and via our bi-weekly e-newsletter CTExplored/Inbox

In our pages and through collaborative programming with our partner organizations, we discuss and debate: “What happened here?”

Through compelling stories and intriguing images, Connecticut Explored explores the whole of the Connecticut story with the aim of revealing connections between our past, present, and future.

We are published by a consortium of organizational partners that represent the best heritage, educational, and arts organizations in the state. That’s your assurance that this a high quality—and highly readable—magazine.

Our ultimate goal is to gain a greater sense of what makes Connecticut unique. This is a publication that covers the depth and breadth of our state’s history in articles of high quality but with an eye for lively reading and wide appeal.

Above all, Connecticut Explored is a place where readers encounter the fascinating, and often untold, stories of our state’s people, places, and events.

We look forward to including you in our circle of Connecticans who love our state, love knowing more about Connecticut, and love a good story!

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Contact Us

Connecticut Explored, Inc.

Office and mail location:
c/o Department of History
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

To call us: 860-832-2805 (business office; voicemail available).
Kathy Hermes, Publisher and Executive Director:  publisher@ctexplored.org
Arianna Basche, Editorial Assistant and Ad Manager: admanager@ctexplored.org

Olivia Grella, Subscription Memberships: memberships@ctexplored.org

For education services, Kristen Levithan,  education@ctexplored.org or 860-746-9388 during business hours

Publication Information:

Published quarterly by
Connecticut Explored Inc.

In collaboration with our organizational partners listed on the right

Editorial Team

Katherine A. Hermes, Publisher and Executive Director

Arianna Basche, Editorial Assistant and Advertising Manager

John Alves, Art Director
Kristen Levithan, Editor and Education Specialist

Patrick O’Sullivan, Media Specialist

Elizabeth Normen, Founding Publisher & President Emeritus

Board of Directors

Kendall Wiggin, President
Connecticut State Librarian Emeritus

Edward Spinella, Treasurer
Partner, Murtha Cullina Attorneys at Law

Olivia White, Secretary
Non-profit Consultant

Clarissa J. Ceglio
Associate Director of Research, Greenhouse Studios; Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, UConn

Darlene Kascak

Education Director, Institute for American Indian Studies

Michael Markowicz
General Counsel at Evergreen Nephrology