Summer 2013 VOLUME 11/ NUMBER 3


 IN THIS ISSUE:    The Bright Lights of Luna Park   >   Where Three Presidents Celebrated July 4th   >   Watching the World Series Before Television   >   From Hartford to Hankow   >   A Global Market in Seal Skins
On the cover: Luna Park, postcard, c. 1907. Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library

Table of Contents

9 Hog River Journal: Why the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s State Animal By Elizabeth J. Normen

10 Letters, etc.

13 From the State Historian: A Salute to Connecticut’s Other Kate By Walter W. Woodward

14 The Scandalous Luna Park
The short life of Hartford’s amusement park. By Gene Leach

18 Frederick Gunn: The Educator Who Went Camping
Frederick Gunn practically invented the outdoor classroom. By Paula Gibson Krimsky

24 The True Story of Captain Sluman and Sarah Gray
When your husband dies at sea and a Confederate raider is closing in, what to do? By Alicia Wayland

27 Mystic Seaport’s Charles W. Morgan Sails Again
The last extant wooden whaling ship prepares to sail again. By Matthew Stackpole

28 Round the Horn in Search of Seals and Fortune
Fortune hunting on the high seas. By Dave Corrigan

32 A Presidential July 4th Celebration
When Woodstock was the center of our natal day celebrations. By Laurie Masciandaro

38 Eliza McCook: A Missionary to China
What does an unmarried minister’s daughter do for her 30th birthday? By Elizabeth J. Normen

44 Site Lines: Connecticut State Parks at 100 By Cynthia Cormier

46 Eugene O’Neill: New London’s Monte Cristo Cottage By Emily Bloom-Shufrin, Sophie Gandler, and Matt Levy

48 The Baseball Playograph By Gregg Mangan

50 From the Desk of Stuart Parnes, Connecticut Humanities

52 Spotlight: Events & News from Partner Organizations

57 Afterword