About Us

Welcome to Connecticut Explored

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

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’re the magazine and podcast of Connecticut history! (Find our podcast at gratingthenutmeg.libsyn.com.) We are a nonprofit organization founded in 2002. 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!

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We partner with Connecticut’s premier history, arts, and educational organizations to bring you a great magazine—in print, and online. 

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 state’s cultural heritage 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!

Elizabeth Normen

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Contact Us

Connecticut Explored
PO Box 271561
West Hartford CT 06127-1561

home offices–please call during business hours:
Elizabeth: 860-233-5421  publisher [at]ctexplored.org
Mary: 860-523-5158  marydonohue [at]comcast.net

Publication Information:

Published quarterly by
Connecticut Explored Inc.

In collaboration with our organizational partners listed on the right

Editorial Team

Elizabeth Normen, Publisher
Jennifer LaRue, Editor
Mary Donohue, Assistant Publisher
John Alves, Art Director

Editorial Board

Dawn C. Adiletta
Stacey Close, Eastern Connecticut State University
Catherine Fields, Litchfield Historical Society
Joan Jacobs
Eugene Leach, Trinity College
Matthew Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University
Sally Whipple, Connecticut’s Old State House
Walter Woodward, State Historian, University of Connecticut